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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

CMC Staff

GREGORY DUBAY (CMC Director) BM, MM Manhattan School of Music. Past board member, orchestra chairman, and principal cellist of the Honolulu Symphony. Lecturer, U of Hawaii. Traditional & Suzuki cello teacher in HI public, private schools. National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts AMICI (Arts Management in Community Institutions) graduate. CMC graduate and Kaufman Award winner.


RACHEL TELESMANICK (Program Coordinator for CMC and Associate Director for the non-profit CMC Inc.)

Education: Bachelor of Music, William Paterson University (Jazz Performance, double major in Philosophy)

Rachel has been on staff at CMC since 2005, and began as Registrar (2005-2007) before moving to Associate Director. She is responsible for educational programming, private lesson & class scheduling, coordination of faculty, staff, & volunteers, publications & marketing, and front office operations.

Originally from upstate New York, Rachel discovered a deep love for music when she switched from flute to saxophone in grade school. Her major teachers were Kevin Norton (composition and improvisation), David Demsey (saxophone), and Rufus Reid (improvisation). Before moving to Portland, she lived outside of Manhattan for 10 years working as a freelance musician and maintained a large teaching studio of of saxophone, flute, and clarinet students. She was the Music Lesson Program Coordinator and on the teaching faculty at the Dwight Englewood School (2002-2005), and on faculty of the William Paterson University Summer Jazz Workshop (1999-2003). She is a graduate of the inaugural class of the National Guild of Community Arts Education’s Leadership Institute (2010).

Rachel has an interest in educational pedagogy and believes the arts are a vital component of emotional and intellectual development for people of all ages. She is grateful to have the opportunity to share this love and connect others to musical experiences. When not at the Center she enjoys both traditional and experimental music and visual art, reading, running, cycling, softball, hiking, contemplation, meditation, a fine cup of tea, and the New York Yankees. She lives in SE Portland with her partner and two cats.


KARI KJOME (Interim Program Coordinator as of mid January) has a BA from the University of Minnesota. Kari Kjome joined the CMC faculty in the fall of 2009, most recently as Registrar. She is a percussionist, composer, director and teacher with over 20 years performing experience, and over 10 years experience teaching children, teens, and adults of all ages. Kari began drumming at a very young age, and began formal studies at age 9. Kari studied music, focusing on jazz and African music, at the University of Minnesota, where she received a BA in French and African Studies. Her study abroad to Cote D’Ivoire, West Africa sparked a new direction in her music studies, leading her to focus on West African music for over 12 years, and several other traditional ethnic styles. Kari has studied with master drummers Marv Dahlgren, Sowah Mensah, Glen Velez, Arthur Hull, and Layne Redmond. She is proficient in a diverse range of styles including jazz, blues, folk, rock, Latin/Chilean, Irish/Appalachian, Brazilian, Middle Eastern, and Ghanaian/West African. Kari was born in Wyoming, and from age 12 until recently, lived in Minnesota.  She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2009, and soon after arriving connected with the Community Music Center. Before that, Kari taught drumming and percussion in Minneapolis/St. Paul at schools, churches and other events, and was Music Director of the Women's Drum Center 2000-2009, where she created classes, concerts, and outreach programs; and directed the women's drum ensemble Drumheart. Kari also performed with critically acclaimed music ensembles, theatrical shows, and for dance, including One Voice Mixed Chorus, Earthtones Chorus, Pachamama Band, Muses’ Mill, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Barebones Productions, the Feile Brid Annual Festival, and the University of Minnesota Dance and Theater Department. Kari teaches her original poly-rhythmic compositions as well as traditional rhythms in classes, workshops, and ensembles.


Erik Nils Velasquez (Interim Registrar), has a Masters of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Texas in Arlington, where he was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant and managed the University's youth program.  He was a professor of cello at the Universidad de Valle (in Cali, Columbia), Assistant Principal Cellist of the Orquesta Filharmonica de Cali, and member and manager of that orchestra's string quartet. He is looking forward to serving students and parents in English and Spanish, and also to finding performing opportunities around Portland in his off-time from CMC.


Ted Bryan is a graduate of Reed College, musician, and CMC alumnus.  He has been Registrar for the adult and group classes at CMC since Summer of 2015.


CMC is grateful for the talented & dedicated CMC staff who work on an as-needed basis helping with important tasks that keep the Center running: Meg Currell, Andy Hosch, and Brendan Rawlins.