Community Music Center 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 (Associate Director)
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.
KELLY BECHTELL (Registrar)
Education: Bachelor of Music, Linfield College (Vocal Performance, minor in Mathematics)
Kelly joined the CMC staff as the Registrar in July of 2008. His responsibilities include registration, private lesson & class scheduling, collecting balances due, special events, program coordination, marketing & communications, and attendence reporting.
Born in Minneapolis, MN, but raised in Central Oregon, Kelly’s first experience with music was singing in church every Sunday with his dad. Kelly began taking piano lessons at the age of 9 and picked up the guitar at the age of 13. His first group singing experience came in Jr. High when he chose choir as his elective class because there were about 35 girls in the class and only 3 boys. He continued with choir in high school and took private voice lessons with Eileen Swedish-Heaton. At Linfield College, Kelly participated in the concert choir under director Larry Marsh, the jazz choir under director Dana Libonati, and studied private voice with Gwenellyn Leonard. Kelly played music professionally with the rock/pop/blues band Holding Out in Portland and the surrounding areas from 2003-2010. He was the Bass Section Leader for Bravo! Vancouver Chorale for the 2011-12 season.
Kelly takes a lot of joy in being a part of community music education. He is grateful to have the opportunity to do something as worthwhile as creating opportunities for people of all ages and income levels to enjoy high-quality music education. His other interests include camping, hiking, the Portland Trail Blazers, and a crisp Northwest IPA. Kelly lives in SW Portland with his wife, Becky and their dog, Beau.