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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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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.

KARI KJOME (Leader) 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.

Michael Shay (Coordinator) comes to us with experience as a music school administrator, business owner, performer, songwriter/composer, producer, and recording artist. Michael received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Prescott College in Arizona. He founded an early-childhood music school in Austin, Texas, and toured nationally and internationally as a multi-instrumentalist (his main instrument is cello – yes, another cellist!) vocalist, and bandleader in a variety of musical genres. You can hear him play and sing online at

Michael has taught lessons on cello, guitar, bass guitar, piano, in music theory, coached chamber music, and given workshops on improvisation and "collaborative composition". He has endeavored to use music as a vehicle for cultural preservation and exchange, most notably as a cultural ambassador for the US Department of State in South America. ¡Sí, habla español!

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, & Austin Booker.