JEFFREY ASHTON (guitar)
BA (history and art history), Boston U, BA (guitar performance) and MAT (teaching music), Portland State University performer and teacher: US and Germany. Adjunct faculty: University of Portland. Private studio.
LUCIA ATKINSON (violin)
BM, Rice University, MM and AD, SUNY Purchase. Teachers: Laurie Smukler, Sergiu Luca, Clarisse Atcherson and Diane McIntyre. Member, Portland Opera Orchestra, Oregon Symphony (temp appointment). Private studio and freelance musician. CMC Alum.
BRIAN BENNETT (violin/viola)
BA (violin performance), Lewis and Clark College. Suzuki trained. Concert Master: Bravo Symphony (Vancouver). Member: Columbia Symphony and Portland Chamber Orchestra.
ANNA BRISCOE (voice and madrigals)
BA (vocal performance), Washington State University; MM (vocal pedagogy) Indiana University. Other studies in France and Germany, and coaching with Gwendolyn Koldofsky. Former instructor: University of Wisconsin, California Baptist College, and Linfield College. Soloist in recitals, choral and symphonic works, operas, operettas, and musicals.
JUSTIN BULAVA (clarinet and saxophone)
Justin can be seen and heard playing clarinet, piano, saxophone, drums and more throughout the Portland area. A New Jersey native, he holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. An avid proponent of contemporary music, Justin divides his musical life between performing, composing and teaching. He is interested in how chance manifests in life and art. He is also teaching clarinet and saxophone at the Rosewood Music Program, a pilot project for music lessons in East Portland funded by a grant from the City of Portland and supported by CMC, PP&R and the Rosewood Initiative.
GEORGE CHESHIER (piano)
BS and MST (music), Portland State University. Student of Harold Gray and Mary Kogen. Performer (jazz and classical) and private teacher. Piano instructor for Portland Parks and Recreation Senior Leisure Services.
JON CHESKIN (cello)
BA University of Chicago, MM University of Idaho, MA, PhD University of Chicago, Oregon K-12 state music certification. Student of William Wharton and Luis Garcia Renart. Currently performs with the Vancouver Symphony (Vancouver, Washington) and has performed with the Portland Columbia Symphony (Portland, Oregon) and the Washington-Idaho Symphony (Pullman, Washington). Faculty of Alliance Charter Academy in Oregon City, Oregon. Trained in Suzuki method under Ann Grabe and Susan Gagnon. Private Suzuki cello instructor and faculty member of the Idaho Suzuki Institute.
JAMIE CHIMCHIRIAN (violin)
DMA in Violin Performance: University of Maryland. M.M. Violin Performance: Boston University. B.M. Violin Performance West Cehster University of Pennsylvania. Suzuki training. Member: Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra & Eugene Symphony.
HONG CHOU (violin)
BM, Lewis and Clark Coll, MM, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Taught at the College-Conservatory Preparatory Dept and Houston Music Institute. Traditional and Suzuki trained. Soloist and chamber musician. Solo recital performances in US, China, Macau. Former member: Albany Symphony and Corpus Christi Symphony. Private studio.
ANTHONY DYER (violin/viola)
Master of Music, University of Oregon, BM, California State University. Northridge. Kathryn Lucktenberg, Eugene Drucker, and Joseph Genualdi were some of the master teachers with whom he has studied. Member: Eugene Symphony. Anthony is the owner and head instructor for the Artist Violin Studio. He performs as a tenured first violinist in Eugene Symphony and Portland Chamber Orchestras. Also, a former member of the Oregon Ballet Theater and Oregon Mozart Players, he continues to be an active freelancer in the state of Oregon. Mr. Dyer began teaching the violin over 20 years ago. His desire is to distill and pass on the inspired knowledge he has acquired from the many amazing pedagogues that graced his life. His best teachers imparted a sense of duty towards their students, as if to say: “since you are going to do this, you might as well do it right”. He believes there is a ‘zen’ of self-discovery to be found in playing an instrument well and this is the journey to artistry. “Your vehicle is joy, time and dedication.”
TRACEY EDSON (chorus)
BA (music education), Columbia Christian College; MA (choral directing and vocal technique), University of Portland. Adjunct instructor (piano) and Staff Accompanist. University of Portland. Choir Director St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Choral director, private piano instructor and vocal soloist.
ANDREW EHRLICH (violin and chamber music)
BA Yale U; MM (violin performance) Illinois State University. Student of Bernard Eichen. Violin: Sunriver Music Festival. Director, CMC Chamber Music Program. Music Specialist: Sojourner Elem. School; Concertmaster: Portland Chamber Orchestra and Siletz Bay Music Festival.
SHARON ENG (violin/viola)
Sharon is co-founder of Raphael Spiro String Quartet, Madrona Viola Duo and Classical Nuances (oboe-viola-piano). She has performed solo and chamber music, and held masterclasses in viola and chamber music in 12 countries on five continents. She led strings programs at the D.C. Youth Orchestra in Washington, D.C.; Jakarta International School, and the Oregon Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra. She freelances regionally and internationally, including two recent tours in China with the Polish Sinfonietta; guest violist with the American Virtuosi in Baltimore; guest artist at the 2015 International Chamber Music Festival in Central Java, Indonesia, and solo violist in the Bach Brandenburg Concerto in Seoul, Korea. She played with the American Ballet Theatre and New York City Opera while earning her Bachelors and Masters in viola performance with William Lincer and Paul Doktor. She is on the faculty of the Intermuse International Music Institute and Festival at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg since 2013.
ANASTASIYA GAVRILOVICH (violin)
B.A. in Music Ed & violin Performance: Pacific University. Beginning strings teacher for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Orff Schulwerk training, & Suzuki training. Oregon Music Educators Association(OMEA) & American String Teachers Association (ASTA) conference presenter, 2017.
MARIA GARCIA (piano)
Piano accompanist at CMC. BM with Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. MM and Doctoral Studies, SUNY (State University of New York) Stony Brook. Faculty of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division, the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College (CUNY), New Jersey City University, the 92nd Street Y School of Music, and the Stony Brook Summer Chamber Music Festival. Principal teachers Luz Hutchinson, Victor Rosenbaum and Gilbert Kalish. Member of XX Digitus Duo. www.mariagarciapiano.com
ELLEN GODULA (piano)
BA from University of California at Santa Cruz (focus Music Performance: piano). Pianist, Lincoln Street United Methodist Church. Freelance performer and touring musician. In youth: violin student at CMC and Portland Youth Philharmonic.
LUISE GRUBE (violin)
Violin Performance degree from the College of Music, Cologne, Germany. Teachers have included Gorjan Kosuta and Eli Goren. Member of Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Registered Suzuki Teacher. Suzuki teacher training with Martha Shackford.
LYNDA HESS (general music)
BA (music), Cal. State U Sacramento; MM (flute performance), U of Oregon; U of O Comparative Music Education Program (England); Orff Institute (Salzburg, Austria); Elementary Certificate, Western Oregon State U (Monmouth). Music Specialist: Roseburg and North Clackamas Public Schools. Member: American Orff-Schulwerk Association, International Society for Music Education, Chinook Winds Woodwind Trio.
HANNAH HILLEBRAND (cello)
After eight years of working as an ICU nurse, Hannah Hillebrand decided to pursue her passion and completed her master’s degree in cello performance with Hamilton Cheifetz at Portland State University. She continues to work part time as a nurse while enjoying a busy freelancing schedule. In addition to private teaching, she enjoys working with the adult group cello classes at the CMC in Portland and teaching as adjunct faculty at Portland State University. She enjoys collaborating with composers to present new compositions and has worked with Cascadia Composers on numerous occasions. She is a co-founder of NW Piano Trio, a member of ARCO-PDX and is also member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
ZITA JEFFERSON (piano)
BA Portland State U (piano performance). Studied piano with Linda Showman and Piano Pedagogy with Mary Kogan. Zita has been playing the piano since she was three years old. When she was 14, she studied with Mary Schlottman in Waco, Texas. Mrs. Schlottman was her role model when she later began teaching. Zita emphasizes the teacher-student relationship in a positive, supportive and enthusiastic manner. She especially enjoys teaching beginners. She is also very interested in the healing power of music and is beginning studies in Music Thanatology through Lane Community College. She is currently studying piano with Christopher Schindler.
KARI KJOME (drumming)
BA, University of Minnesota. Kari Kjome joined the CMC faculty in the fall of 2009. She is a percussionist, composer, director and teacher with over 20 years performing experience, and over 10 years 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 CMC. 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. At the CMC, Kari leads the monthly Family Drum Circle, and teaches Rhythm Skills Drum Ensemble.
SAMANTHA KUSHNICK (cello and chamber music)
Samantha Kushnick is a cellist, singer and songwriter in the folk tradition. She performs with the Vancouver Symphony in Washington state and has toured nationally with the Portland Cello Project and Typhoon, Portland’s thirteen-piece indie rock ensemble. In April, she released her debut solo record, One Room House. Samantha graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory in 2007 with a degree in cello performance. She was raised in New York in a musical family (her great-uncle, Fred Hellerman, is a founding member of the folk quartet The Weavers). Samantha began playing cello at the age of ten and studied with renowned cellists Matt Haimovitz and Hans Jensen. Samantha has collaborated with many acclaimed musicians on stage and in the studio. Among these artists are Berlin Philharmonic director Sir Simon Rattle, the Oregon Ballet Theater and members of the Oregon Symphony, as well as indie rock musicians Mirah, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down and Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists. Through her travels with Typhoon, Samantha has shared a stage with Andrew Bird, the Dandy Warhols the Decemberists, and she has performed at the Newport Folk Festival and appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman. Samantha has performed classical and contemporary works throughout North America, at venues ranging from Oregon’s Britt Festival to Carnegie Hall. Samantha has a private cello and fiddle studio in southeast Portland. She has taught private lessons and chamber music at Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, New York, as well as at The Crowden School in Berkeley, California and Community Music Works in Providence, Rhode Island. Samantha enjoys teaching cello and fiddle to students of all ages and abilities. Lessons focus on exploring a variety of genres of music with a foundation in classical repertoire. When Samantha isn’t teaching, or playing music, you can usually find her on her bike, in the woods, in her kitchen, in her garden or with her nose in a book.
KENDRA LAW (violin and viola)
BA Music in violin, Southern Oregon University. Rouge Valley Symphony, plus chamber music and folk groups. Suzuki registered violin books 1-10 and piano book 1. Published string activity book series and recorded on fiddle album. Guest faculty, Oregon Suzuki Institute and U. of Oregon.
JASMINE LAW (violin, cello)
BM in vocal performance. Studied with Ellie Murry at Southern Oregon U. Studied with the coaches from the Metropolitan Opera. Sang with the Rogue Opera. Jasmine teaches cello and violin at CMC.
ALEXIS MAHLER (violin and cello)
B.M. in Violin Performance and Music Education from Lawrence Conservatory of Music in 2014. Alexis was the co-director of the Upper Peninsula Youth Orchestra at Northern Michigan University, and also the lead teacher for an after school strings class in the Marquette Area Public School District. In addition to teaching private violin and cello lessons, she performs in several orchestras, string quartets, and folk bands in the area.
She has performed with the Pine Mountain Music Festival, Minnesota Ballet, Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Eclettico Chamber Orchestra, and most recently was a guest soloist with the Marylhurst University Orchestra in Lake Oswego. Currently, she is collaborating with local songwriter Kendall Core and California-based Matt Costa, and is featured on both of their most recent EPs. Instructor for BRAVO Youth Orchestras.
CINDY MARKHAM (recorder)
Music Therapy studies: Marylhurst University. Performance experience on piano, clarinet, recorder and singing in choirs. Performed with The Holiday Singers, Greater Portland Chorus, Portland Symphonic Choir, and The Markham Band. Member: Oregon Renaissance Band.
HEATHER MASTEL-LIPSON (violin)
BM Eastman School of Music and MM San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Concertmaster: San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonia, Minnesota All-State Orchestra and the Brainerd Chamber Orchestra. Performed with the Orchestra of the Americas (Chile), Reno Philharmonic. Member: Portland Opera Orchestra and Portland Ballet Orchestra. Private studio.
MARGARET MURER (youth orchestras)
Studied piano performance and music theory at the Royal Conservatory, Toronto, Canada; BA and MAT (music), Lewis and Clark College. State certification (K-12) in Music Education. Has been teaching chamber orchestra, choral music and musical theatre for Portland Public Schools for over 20 years. Freelance accompanist, conductor, chamber music coach, chamber musician and church organist.
SONJA MYKLEBUST, DMA (cello)
Sonja comes to Portland from Seattle, where she completed her Master's and Doctoral degrees at the University of Washington. A founding member of the Portland Cello Project, Oceana String Quartet, and the Lowdown Duo, Sonja has performed on stages throughout the West Coast. As the cello faculty at George Fox University, Sonja teaches private lessons and chamber music. She has also held positions at Edmonds Community College and Seattle Music Partners as well as being a Teaching Artist with and founder of the Meany Center's Music Link program. Sonja is a registered Suzuki teacher.
FLETCHER NEMETH (bass)
BM; Portland State University. Fletcher joined the CMC faculty in Fall 2010, has been playing the bass since the age of 11 and banjo since the age of 15. He started teaching (and gigging) in high school and hasn't looked back since. His teachers include Dave Anderson, Larry Zgonc, Ken Baldwin, and Jeff Johnson.
Recent work includes playing bass for Oregon Children's Theatre's productions of Alice and Wonderland, Click Clack Moo and Giggle Giggle Quack; Lakewood Theater's productions of Oliver! and Curtains; and most recently St. Mary's Academy's run of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. You can also see him with his rock band Rainbow Jive Hammer and the folk-fusion band Kendálin. In the past, he has been a member (and principal bass player) of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Portland State University Orchestra and the PSU New Music Ensemble. For the past three years, he has been on the faculty of Young Musicians and Artists, a summer camp he started attending at the age of 13. In addition to these fine institutions he has also appeared on stage with Pink Martini playing banjo, the Oregon Symphony (on bass), and participated in workshops conducted by eminent improvisers Art Lande and Thollem McDonas. Fletcher is also an active participant in the new music/avant-garde community through collaborations with local composers and improvisers.
His hobbies include reading (everything from Don Quixote [a personal favorite] to science fiction epics to esoteric books on music theory), looking for music he hasn't heard before, and listening to all the sounds he can hear. The two biggest influences on his life and music are John Cage and Harry Partch.
GAYLE STUWE NEUMAN (recorder and renaissance song)
Gayle Stuwe Neuman teaches Recorder and Renaissance Song Classes at CMC, and began there in 1980. She has given workshops and presentations at many institutions including The Smithsonian, Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Getty Museum. She has built with her husband Philip over 400 early wind and stringed instruments, including crumhorns, corna musen, racketts, and vielles. Gayle is a performer on violin, recorder, sackbutt, and many other instruments, and is the featured vocalist on Ensemble De Organographia's "Music of the Ancient Greeks" CD, tracks from which are also found in the Norton Scores Recorded Anthology of Western Music. She has performed for audiences in the U.S., Japan, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Canada, Norway, Germany, and for members of the royal family in Jordan. She cofounded and co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band, is a member of the Trail Band, and on occasion performs with Cappella Romana. She graduated in music from Southern Oregon University.
PHILIP NEUMAN (recorder, renaissance winds, and renaissance song)
Philip Neuman has taught Recorder, Renaissance Winds, and Loud Band Classes at the CMC since 1980. He is a performer on recorder, sackbutt, trombone, tuba, and numerous other wind and string instruments, and cofounded and co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band, which has performed for the Regensburg Early Music Festival and recorded the cd "Carnevale." He has produced and recorded seven CDs for Pandourion Records including "French Music of the 14th Century", "Music of the Ancient Sumerians, Egyptians and Greeks", and "The One Horse Open Sleigh". He has written and recorded for productions by Oregon Public Broadcasting. He has played for audiences on three continents, including performances at ancient theatre sites in Greece. Philip is a member of the Trail Band, has performed and recorded with the American Bach Soloists, and has played in the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Chicago Chorale, and Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra. He has composed, arranged and transcribed over a thousand works for recorder ensemble, brass ensemble, and symphonic wind ensemble, including "Theme and Variations" that won 1st place in the San Francisco Recorder Composition Competition. He graduated in music from Southern Oregon University.
COLLIN OLDHAM (cello)
Collin has performed and recorded with alternative musical groups like the Decemberists, Richmond Fontaine, and the Portland Cello Project. He has also performed with the National Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra and the Washington Opera. As a chamber musician, he has appeared with the Corigliano, Mariner and Carpe Diem String Quartets, the Verge Ensemble (Washington, D.C.) and Ensemble Aleph (Paris, France). He studied cello with Hans Jørgen Jensen at Northwestern University for a Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance, Susannah Smith Onwood at the University of Louisville for Master of Music in Cello Performance, Dmitry Miller at the Moscow Conservatory, and Ronald Leonard at the University of Southern California. Computer music studies at Stanford University. Also teaches at the Multnomah Arts Center.
CONNIE PAZIENZA (early childhood music)
MA (Special Ed.), Columbia U. (New York); Special Education Teacher. Singer/Songwriter.
GEORGEANNE RIES (flute)
Principal Flute Portland Opera Orchestra and Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra. Performed with Oregon Symphony, including as Principal Flute for the 2005-6 season under Carlos Kalmar. Member of the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, tours to Montana, California, and in China for the 2010 Beijing Modern Music Festival. She can be heard on the world premiere recordings of Gimpel the Fool by David Schiff, the chamber version of Copland’s the Tender Land, and Maria de Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzola. Other recordings include Respighi’s Pines of Rome and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, with the Oregon Symphony, and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker with the Oregon Ballet Theater. With the Portland Opera she recorded the world premiere of the Philip Glass opera, Orphee. Ms Ries has been an active freelance musician in Oregon for many years, playing many touring Broadway shows including Wicked, Evita, and Elton John’s Aida, and in concerts with artists as diverse as Luciano Pavarotti, The Who, and Pink Martini. She participated in the American Ballet Company’s West Coast tour with Mikhail Baryshnikov, and during the summer has played with numerous festival orchestras, including the Cascade Music Festival, Astoria Music Festival and Peter Britt Music Festival. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Ms Ries maintains a lively teaching studio in Portland, and each summer enjoys coaching woodwind quintets at Wallowa Lake in eastern Oregon for Woodwinds@Wallowa.
MARY ROWELL (violin/viola)
M.M. Portland State University, studying with Carol Sindell. Concertmaster, Bach Cantata Choir; freelancer in Oregon Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Eugene Symphony. Conductor and organizer of national conducting festival. School and youth orchestra clinician.
MIYUKI SAKIYAMA (piano)
Piano accompanist at CMC. DDS, Hokkaido U (Japan). Certified physician (orthodontics), University of Tokyo. Accompanist: Sycamore Strings Academy (Livermore, CA), Crowden Music Center (Berkeley, CA)
KATHERINE SCHULTZ (cello and chamber music)
BM Northwestern University, MM Rice University. Previously Civic Orchestra of Chicago, sub Houston Symphony. Currently Principal of Portland Chamber Orchestra and Soundwaves Music Festival, Asst. Principal of Oregon Ballet Theater and Tacoma Symphony Orchestras, member Portland Opera Orchestra. Festivals-Soundwaves, Oregon Coast, Cascade, Tanglewood, Kent/Blossom. Plays with Alameda Trio.
CYNTHIA SCOTT (violin and viola)
BM (violin performance), Lewis and Clark College; MM (string pedagogy, Suzuki emphasis), U of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Co-director: Oregon Suzuki Institute. String Specialist: Lake Oswego Public Schools. Principal second violin, Sinfonia Concertante. Principal viola, Columbia Symphony.
SHERA SINELL (early childhood and general music)
BA, California State University (Sonoma); training in music therapy, California State University (Long Beach). Harpist. Board Certified Registered Music Therapist. Music Specialist: Sojourner School.
KIRA WHITING (piano)
Faculty accompanist at CMC. Masters in Classical Accompanying with vocal emphasis from Manhattan School of Music. Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Willamette University.
LISA ZWEBEN (violin and viola)
A native of Washington, D.C., Lisa Zweben earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Violin Performance from the State University of New York, College at Purchase. She also attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida, where she earned a Master of music in Violin Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Viola Performance. Principal teachers include Charles and Heidi Castleman. As a performer, Lisa has been a member of many orchestras including of the Royal Opera of Ghent, Belgium, the Naples Philharmonic in Naples, Florida, and the Miami City Ballet in Miami, Florida.
Prior to moving to Portland in August 2010 Lisa lived in Virginia for fifteen years and was active both as a teacher and performer. In addition to maintaining a full studio of private violin and viola students she served as a teacher in public school strings programs, after-school programs, and youth orchestra programs. Lisa also served on the faculty of Virginia Tech in Women's Studies and as violin teacher and chamber music coach at Washington and Lee University. She continues to work as teacher and free-lance musician in both chamber music and orchestral programs here in Oregon.