JENNIFER ARNOLD (violin & viola): Jennifer Arnold joined the CMC faculty in the fall of 2008 teaching violin, viola, and chamber music. In 2005 she won a position in the Oregon Symphony viola section and moved to Portland, OR. Jennifer began her studies at the age of 4 studying Suzuki violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio. As a child she attended the Interlochen Arts Camp where she was introduced to the viola and fell in love instantly. As a youth, Jennifer spent many summers attending such festivals as National Orchestral Institute, Henry Mancini Institute, ENCORE School for Strings, and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas where she as able to travel and perform in over 15 countries. She was a three time semi-finalist in the annual Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino String Players, winning the inaugural year award for "Best Tone". She also debuted Two Romances by Adolphus Hailstork for solo viola with the Cleveland Orchestra. Jennifer attended the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of acclaimed Cleveland Orchestra Principal Violist Robert Vernon. She obtained both her Bachelor of Music and Professional Studies Degree from CIM. Jennifer is a former member of the Youngstown Symphony, Akron Symphony, and the Cleveland Pops Orchestras. During the summers Jennifer participates as faculty on various music festivals including the Alfredo San Malo Festival in Panama City, Panama, The Sphinx Performance Academy, Project 440, and Sembrando Talentos in Montivideo, Uruguay.
JEFFREY ASHTON (guitar): BA (history & art history), Boston U, BA (guitar performance) & MAT (teaching music), Portland State U. Performer & teacher: US & Germany. Adjunct faculty: U of Portland. Private studio.
BRIAN BENNETT (violin): BA (violin performance), Lewis & Clark Coll. Suzuki trained. Concert Master: Bravo Symphony (Vancouver). Member: Columbia Symphony & Portland Chamber Orchestra.
ANNA BRISCOE (voice & madrigals): BA (vocal performance), Washington State U; MM (vocal pedagogy) Indiana U. Other studies in France & Germany, & coaching with Gwendolyn Koldofsky. Former instructor: U of Wisconsin, California Baptist College, & Linfield College. Soloist in recitals, choral & symphonic works, operas, operettas & musicals.
GEORGE CHESHIER (piano): BS & MST (music), Portland State U. Student of Harold Gray & Mary Kogen. Performer (jazz and classical) & private teacher. Piano instructor for Portland Parks & 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, WA) and has performed with the Portland Columbia Symphony (Portland, OR) and the Washington-Idaho Symphony (Pullman,WA). Faculty of Alliance Charter Academy in Oregon City, OR. Trained in Suzuki method under Ann Grabe and Susan Gagnon. Private Suzuki cello instructor and faculty member of the Idaho Suzuki Institute.
HONG CHOU (violin): BM, Lewis & Clark Coll, MM, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Taught at the College-Conservatory Preparatory Dept & Houston Music Institute. Traditional & Suzuki trained. Soloist & chamber musician. Solo recital performances in US, China, Macau. Former member: Albany Symphony & Corpus Christi Symphony. Private studio.
ANTHONY DYER: Master of Music, University of Oregon, BM, California State U. 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 & vocal technique), U. of Portland. Adjunct instructor (piano) & Staff Accompanist, U. of Portland. Choir Director St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Choral director, private piano instructor & vocal soloist.
ANDREW EHRLICH (violin & chamber music): BA Yale U; MM (violin performance) Illinois State U. Student of Bernard Eichen. Violin: Sunriver Music Festival. Director, CMC Chamber Music Program. Music Specialist: Sojourner Elem. School; Concertmaster: Portland Chamber Orchestra & Siletz Bay Music Festival.
ELLEN GODULA (piano): B.A 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.
ALBERTA HARDY (violin): B. A. from Portland State University Summa Cum Laude. Also Seattle Pacific University and University of Mobile. Resistered Suzuki instructor. Theatre Instructor: PP&R.
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 & North Clackamas Public Schools. Member: American Orff-Schulwerk Association, International Society for Music Education, Chinook Winds Woodwind Trio.
HANNAH HILLEBRAND: 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 Community Music Center 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, U.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 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. At the Community Music Center, Kari leads the monthly Family Drum Circle, and teaches Rhythm Skills Drum Ensemble.
SAMANTHA KUSHNICK (cello): 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): 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 & 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.
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: 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 & Portland Ballet Orchestra. Private studio.
MARGARET MURER (youth orchestras): Studied piano performance and music theory at the Royal Conservatory, Toronto, Canada; BA & MAT (music), Lewis & 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 & church organist.
SONJA MYKLEBUST is an avid performer of classical and contemporary music and teacher based in Portland, OR. Recently relocated from Seattle, WA, Sonja is currently in the dissertation stage of her doctorate in cello performance from the University of Washington. In Seattle she taught at Edmonds Community College, Seattle Music Partners, and as a Teaching Artist for the UW World Series' Music Link program (a program she founded). As a chamber musician Sonja performs with Daana Quartet, Portland Cello Project, and the Pacific Cello Quartet. Sonja joined the CMC as a cello instructor in January 2016.
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 & 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 favourite] 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 & renaissance song): Gayle Stuwe Neuman teaches Recorder and Renaissance Song Classes at the Community Music Center, 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. For more information see www.emgo.org/performers.htm.
PHILIP NEUMAN (recorder, renaissance winds, & renaissance song): Philip Neuman has taught Recorder, Renaissance Winds, and Loud Band Classes at the Community MusicCenter 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 & 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. For more information see www.emgo.org/performers.htm.
CONNIE PAZIENZA (early childhood music): MA (Special Ed.), Columbia U. (New York); Special Education Teacher. Singer/Songwriter.
ELIZABETH PEYTON (violin & viola): BA, MA, Cleveland Inst. of Music, Indiana University, Pacifica Graduate Inst. Performs with: Portland Opera and OBT Orchestras, Oregon Symphony, Collage Music Ensemble; and has extensive chamber music, touring, film, and recording experience. Training in Suzuki with Judy Bossuat and Edmund Sprunger; extensive training in child psychology, development, and learning differences.
MICHELLE RAHN: Viola Studies, Doctor of Musical Arts, Performance Diploma and MM from Boston University. BM University of Oregon. Dean’s Scholarship, the String Department Honor’s Award, and viola prize at the Bach Competition. Professor of Viola at University of Oregon. Faculty: International Chamber Music Course (Positano, Italy) and the Youth and Muse Music Festival (Boston, MA). Private studio and freelance performer.
MARY ROWELL: M.M. Portland State University, studying with Carol Sindell. Concertmaster, Bach Cantata Choir; freelancer in Oregon Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Eugene Symphony. Conductor & organizer of national conducting festival. School & youth orchestra clinician.
KATHERINE SCHULTZ (cello): 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 & viola): BM (violin performance), Lewis & 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 & general music): BA, Cal State U (Sonoma); training in music therapy, Cal State U (Long Beach). Harpist. Board Certified Registered Music Therapist. Music Specialist: Sojourner School.
TERESE WAGNER (music skills): Terese is thrilled to teach Music Skills at CMC. Her passion is to strengthen kid's musicality and development through the process of music, movement and language exploration. Terese has always felt a very special connection with children and the desire to spark their imagination and joy of music.
As a child she was immersed in an artistic family. By age 5, she was appearing in commercials and guest T.V. appearances on shows like Little House on the Prairie and Eight is Enough. At eleven years old, she got deeply interested in music and discovered the flute. She studied classically with Richard Trombley from the University of Oregon, Jazz studies with well known flutist, James Newton and Zimbabwean music from legendary musician, Dumi Maraire. She received a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts with an emphasis in World Music and Flute Performance. She was lucky to have the chance to study North Indian bansuri music with Rajeev Taranath and Jazz studies with Dave Roitstein and Charlie Haden.
She has performed and recorded with numerous ensembles including African marimba band, Kudana, five piece original Jazz quintet, Pyramid Breakfast, sacred singer Snatum Kaur, as well as Salsa and world music ensembles in Los Angeles. She has performed for live dance and theater performances, festivals and numerous film scores.
Terese has divided her time between performing and teaching. She is an Orff Shulwerk music educator and certified Music Together teacher. Terese has been teaching Orff Shulwerk process-oriented music education to ages K-6th grade in various school settings since 1998 including: The St. Helena Montessori School in Napa Valley, California; The Community Arts Partnership in Los Angeles, California; and The Sunnyside Environmental School in Portland, Oregon. Her teaching also brought her to Switzerland where she worked at The American School in Switzerland teaching theater, music and English.
Terese currently teaches beginning through advanced level flutists at her private home studio and group classes at Opal School and Beaumont Middle Schools in Portland, Oregon. She currently performs in a Jazz duo with her husband, guitarist Jack Coelho.
KIRA WHITING: 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 & 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.