Music Faculty Directory

Academic Music Faculty Profiles

Julia Banzi, Adjunct Professor, World Music

banzi.jpgDr. Julia Banzi is an Ethnomusicologist and award winning musician/composer. One of a very few female flamenco guitarists worldwide, Julia is co-artistic director of the international performance ensemble Al-Andalus. Her work reflects her international touring and over twenty years of living, studying and performing in Spain and North Africa.

Julia Banzi is a devoted teacher, composer and performer who truly enjoys working with students of all levels. Whether in ethnomusicology (world music) or guitar (flamenco, folk and classical), Julia provides students with a clear and solid foundation while guiding students toward creating original thoughts and music they can call their own. Many of her students have gone on to become professional musicians (Elliott Smith was one of Julia students!). 

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, University of California, Santa Barbara. 2007
Master of Music. University of California, Santa Barbara, California 2002.
Bachelors in Music. Lewis & Clark College, Portland Oregon. 1996


David De Lyser, Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Music Theory, Composition

delyser-oic.jpegDr. David De Lyser, Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Performing & Fine Arts Department, joined the University of Portland faculty in 2010. His conducting duties at the University include the UP Singers, Chamber Choir and music director for campus musical productions. He has previously conducted the UP Orchestra. He teaches composition, orchestration, music theory and fine arts courses.

Outside of the University, he is the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland and maintains a busy schedule of guest conducting and adjudicating. He holds graduate degrees in conducting and composition from the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Portland, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Business from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Dr. De Lyser is a published author and award-winning composer whose works have been commissioned, premiered and performed by professional, collegiate, community and high school performing ensembles across the country.

Education:

Doctor of Arts, University of Northern Colorado
Master of Arts, University of Portland
Bachelor of Music, Minnesota State University


Rebekah Hanson, Assistant Professor, Director of Orchestral Activities, Music History

hanson-photo.jpegRebekah Hanson is joining UP as an Assistant Professor of Music and Fine Arts and Director of Orchestral Studies. As a conductor, violist and musicologist, Rebekah is especially interested in compositions by female and marginalized composers and strives to bring these lesser known works to new audiences.

With a passion for teaching, Rebekah emphasizes the collaboration and community engagement that music can inspire. Her goal as a conductor, teacher, and chamber musician is to help students and audiences understand both the technical work that goes into a performance, and also the sense of awe and wonder that music brings to our lives.

Rebekah is the President of the Oregon Suzuki Association and President-Elect of the Oregon String Teachers Association. She has spoken at the ASTA, SAA and NAfME Conferences, as well as serving as a guest clinician for orchestras and festivals throughout Oregon and Washington. In addition to playing music, Rebekah loves reading, board games, and hiking with her wife and dog.

Education:

Doctor of Arts, University of Oregon
Master of Music, University of Oregon
Bachelor of Arts, George Fox University


Hal Logan, Adjunct Professor, Music Technology   

loganhphoto.jpgHal Logan is a composer, sound designer and studio owner, and a professor of Music Technology at the University of Portland. He has been involved in the Portland theater scene for about 11 years, and has worked with most of the professional theaters in town. He lives in Portland with his wife, actor and University of Portland professor, Mindi Logan.

Hal Logan has provided professional set drumming and percussion work in bands and performance groups across a wide variety of genres. He has performed and arranged professional vocal solo and ensemble works, and he has created a vast repertoire of original compositions, songs and advertising music.

Hal Logan received a Bachelor’s of Music in vocal education, and a Master’s of Music in Composition fro the Lionel Hampton School of Music, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.

                                                           
Patrick Murphy, Associate Professor, Music Program Head, Director of Bands, Music Education, Music Theory

murphyp.jpgDr. Patrick Murphy is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Portland. He has presented sessions at regional, national, and international conferences in both the United States and Europe. His research focuses primarily on Soviet wind band music, about which he is consulted by conductors and researchers worldwide. He has twice traveled to Moscow to conduct research and teach conducting at the Russian Academy of Music.

Dr. Murphy’s degrees include a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, and a B.M. from Washington State University, also in Music Education. Locally, he is conductor of the Southwest Washington Wind Symphony, Portland Community Wind Band, and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s Symphonic Band, in addition to being an active adjudicator and clinician.

Education:

Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting, University of Arizona
Master of Arts in Music Education, University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Washington State University


Donnie Norton, Assistant Professor, Director of Jazz Studies, Saxophone, Music History

nortond.jpgDon Norton is an assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies at the University of Portland. As a saxophonist, he has performed extensively in a variety of styles that include jazz, classical, world music, and musical theatre, and he has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including a tour of Costa Rica with world music group Panoramic. His research interests include jazz history and pedagogical methods for jazz and saxophone performance, and he has presented research at conferences of the Jazz Education Network and the North American Saxophone Alliance.

Don previously taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Spoon River College, and Laramie County Community College, and he served as a graduate assistant in the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Northern Colorado. Additionally, he has taught at the Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts, as well as the summer jazz camps of Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, and the Birch Creek Music Performance Center. He is also a clinician with the Vandoren Regional Artist program.  More information can be found at www.donniesax.com.

Don holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, the New England Conservatory of Music, and Northern Illinois University. Outside of music, his interests include running, reading, watching sports and other television shows, and hanging out with his dog, Buddy.

Education:

Doctor of Arts, University of Northern Colorado
Master of Music, New England Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music, Northern Illinois University


Michael Prendergast, Adjunct Professor, Sacred Music History

prenderg.jpgA native of the diocese of Helena, Montana, Michael served as the cathedral musician at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fargo, North Dakota. Before coming to Portland in the fall of 2000, he was director of the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings in Eastern Montana.

Michael has given workshops on liturgy and music in the United States, Canada and Germany. He has been a presenter for the National Pastoral Musicians Association (NPM), the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC), the Southwest Liturgical Conference (SWLC) and several diocesan and archdiocesan convocations.

Michael is the editor of the Pastoral Press books Full, Conscious and Active Participation and Voices from the Council. Michael is also the co-author of Parish Liturgy Basics, Revised Edition and Music in the Liturgy for Small Parishes. He is a former liturgy specialist for OCP and editor of Today's Liturgy.

Michael has written on topics related to music and liturgy in Pastoral Music, Rite and Church. He holds a master's in theological studies from Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Oregon, and a master's in liturgical studies from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Michael is a member of the board of directors of Partners in Preaching, a national ministry of consultation, training and formation for the church's ministry of liturgical preaching.


Jennifer Wanner, Adjunct Professor, Music Theory, Aural Skills

wanner-pic.jpgJennifer is an adjunct professor at University of Portland where she teaches aural skills. Her passion is working with her students to help them develop a deeper appreciation for music as they understand its complexities. In addition to her duties at University of Portland, she is also an adjunct professor at Multnomah University where she teaches music theory, aural skills, and piano class.

 Jennifer received a B. S. in piano performance from Western Baptist College (now Corban University), a M. A. in music from Houghton College in upstate New York, and a Ph. D. in music theory and history from University of Connecticut. She began teaching as a graduate student in 2007 at UConn, and after returning to Oregon has been an adjunct professor at Chemeketa Community College, Marylhurst University, Concordia University, and Corban University.

Outside of teaching, her other interests include fishing, disc golf, hiking, bicycling, reading, watching TV, and playing video games.


Ensemble Conductor Profiles

Kathy Briggs, Adjunct Professor, Bel Canto

briggs.kathryn-headshot-acda.jpgKathryn Briggs has been teaching music for over 20 years and has been conductor of the University of Portland Bel Canto treble ensemble since 2014.  Her specialty is treble choirs and treble choir literature.  Ms. Briggs was awarded the 2016 Oregon ACDA Podium Award for her contribution to the choral arts, was honored as a finalist in the OnPoint Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2011, and was the Mt. Hood Conference "Advisor of the Year"​in 2009.  Her research on movement in the choral rehearsal was published in the ACDA Choral Journal (Vol 52, No. 5), she has authored lesson plans for NAfME and VH1 Music Studios, and she has presented at regional and state NAfME and ACDA conferences.

Her award winning choirs have performed at both ACDA and NAfME conferences, various venues across the country, and in Europe, highlighted by the honor of twice being invited to perform in the White House for President Obama and the First Lady. She also conducts and teaches at St. Mary’s Academy in downtown Portland and is the current President of the Oregon Music Education Association. She has a BM in Music Education and Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MM in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the University of St. Thomas.  It is Ms. Briggs' lifelong dream to meet Julie Andrews.




David De Lyser, Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Music Theory, Composition

delyser-oic.jpegDr. David De Lyser, Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Performing & Fine Arts Department, joined the University of Portland faculty in 2010. His conducting duties at the University include the UP Singers, Chamber Choir and music director for campus musical productions. He has previously conducted the UP Orchestra. He teaches composition, orchestration, music theory and fine arts courses. Outside of the University, he is the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland and maintains a busy schedule of guest conducting and adjudicating. He holds graduate degrees in conducting and composition from the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Portland, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Business from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Dr. De Lyser is a published author and award-winning composer whose works have been commissioned, premiered and performed by professional, collegiate, community and high school performing ensembles across the country.

Education:

Doctor of Arts, University of Northern Colorado
Master of Arts, University of Portland
Bachelor of Music, Minnesota State University


Rebekah Hanson, Assistant Professor, Director of Orchestral Activities, Music History

hanson-photo.jpegRebekah Hanson is joining UP as an Assistant Professor of Music and Fine Arts and Director of Orchestral Studies. As a conductor, violist and musicologist, Rebekah is especially interested in compositions by female and marginalized composers and strives to bring these lesser known works to new audiences.

With a passion for teaching, Rebekah emphasizes the collaboration and community engagement that music can inspire. Her goal as a conductor, teacher, and chamber musician is to help students and audiences understand both the technical work that goes into a performance, and also the sense of awe and wonder that music brings to our lives.

Rebekah is the President of the Oregon Suzuki Association and President-Elect of the Oregon String Teachers Association. She has spoken at the ASTA, SAA and NAfME Conferences, as well as serving as a guest clinician for orchestras and festivals throughout Oregon and Washington. In addition to playing music, Rebekah loves reading, board games, and hiking with her wife and dog.

Education:

Doctor of Arts, University of Oregon
Master of Music, University of Oregon
Bachelor of Arts, George Fox University


Patrick Murphy, Associate Professor, Music Program Head, Director of Bands, Music Education, Music Theory

murphyp.jpgDr. Patrick Murphy is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Portland. He has presented sessions at regional, national, and international conferences in both the United States and Europe. His research focuses primarily on Soviet wind band music, about which he is consulted by conductors and researchers worldwide. He has twice traveled to Moscow to conduct research and teach conducting at the Russian Academy of Music. Dr. Murphy’s degrees include a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, and a B.M. from Washington State University, also in Music Education. Locally, he is conductor of the Southwest Washington Wind Symphony, Portland Community Wind Band, and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s Symphonic Band, in addition to being an active adjudicator and clinician.

Education:

Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting, University of Arizona
Master of Arts in Music Education, University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Washington State University


Don Norton, Assistant Professor, Director of Jazz Studies, Saxophone, Music History

nortond.jpgDon Norton is an assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies at the University of Portland. As a saxophonist, he has performed extensively in a variety of styles that include jazz, classical, world music, and musical theatre, and he has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including a tour of Costa Rica with world music group Panoramic. His research interests include jazz history and pedagogical methods for jazz and saxophone performance, and he has presented research at conferences of the Jazz Education Network and the North American Saxophone Alliance.

Don previously taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Spoon River College, and Laramie County Community College, and he served as a graduate assistant in the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Northern Colorado. Additionally, he has taught at the Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts, as well as the summer jazz camps of Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, and the Birch Creek Music Performance Center. He is also a clinician with the Vandoren Regional Artist program.  More information can be found at www.donniesax.com.

Don holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, the New England Conservatory of Music, and Northern Illinois University. Outside of music, his interests include running, reading, watching sports and other television shows, and hanging out with his dog, Buddy.

Education:

Doctor of Arts, University of Northern Colorado
Master of Music, New England Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music, Northern Illinois University


Peary Webster, Adjunct Professor, Wind Ensemble

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Vocal Faculty Profiles 

Lisa Actor, Adjunct Professor, Voice

actor.jpgMezzo-soprano Lisa Actor-Leslie earned her Master's of Music in vocal performance from the Yale School of Music. An Oregon native, she received her BFA from Portland State University after returning from studying abroad in Vienna, Austria with renowned Viennese Staatsoper basso, Otto Edelmann. Ms. Actor-Leslie has appeared as an artist with Glimmerglass Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and Yale Opera and has been a guest soloist with Columbia Orchestra, Norwalk Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Sinfonia Concertante, Cape Cod Bach Concerts, Norwalk Music Festival, New Haven Masterworks Chorale, Tucson Masterworks Chorale, Willamette University-Salem Chamber Orchestra, Oregon State University Symphony, Trinity Consort Music Series, Friends of New Music in NYC and the Alamos Music Festival in Sonora, Mexico.

An avid singer and promoter of art song and chamber music repertoire, Ms. Actor-Leslie has sung on many art song series and festivals, including New Music New Haven, Trinity Episcopal Treasury of Art Song, and the St. Mary's Cathedral Sacred Recital Series. Ms. Actor-Leslie is President of the NW Cascade Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, a member of The College Society and The Bach Society and is an active clinician and adjudicator in the NW. She taught at Pacific University, Oregon State University, Portland State University prior to joining the voice faculty at the University of Portland.

 
Nicole Hanig, Associate Professor of Music, Director of Vocal Studies

nicole-leupp-hanig.jpgSoprano Nicole Leupp Hanig is dedicated to the singing voice in all its forms but has expertise in the teaching of opera, music theater and jazz. She has appeared as a soloist with L'Atelier Lyrique concert series in Paris, Jussi Björling Festival in Sweden, the Maggio Musicale Festival in Italy and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. She has performed a solo recital at St. Martin’s in the Field in London, Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder at Durham Cathedral in Durham, England and was a soloist in Opera Galas for Amnesty International at St. James’ Picadilly in London and for the Cairo Opera in Egypt which was recorded for Egyptian television. Opera roles include Die Feldmarschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. The Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, and the role of Sian in development workshops of James McMillan’s opera The Sacrifice which was commissioned for Welsh National Opera.

Dr. Hanig holds degrees from The University of Colorado, and The University of Illinois as well as a Post Graduate Diploma from The Royal Academy of Music in London where she was awarded the Diploma of the Royal Academy for distinction in performance. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Professor of music at the University of Portland, she served on the voice, music theater and opera faculty at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois where she taught classical and music theater majors. In addition to heading the voice department at University of Portland, Dr. Hanig is an artist faculty member at Music in the Marche, an Italian opera training program in Mondvaio, Italy.


Sarah Maines, Adjunct Professor, Voice

maines-pic.jpgMezzo-soprano Sarah Maines is a versatile performer experienced in musical theatre, classical, and choral styles. As an active singing voice specialist, she also administers voice rehabilitation to injured singers referred by Portland laryngologists. Dr. Maines is the Cascade National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions Co-Chair and President-Elect. Dr. Maines is a member of the Portland Opera Chorus, voice faculty at the University of Portland, and serves as Past President of the Cascade Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.She holds a BA in music from Berea College as well as MM and DMA degrees in voice pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory.

Hailed as a “natural, most charming” performer, mezzo-soprano Sarah Maines’ favorite roles include Margaret in The Light in the Piazza, Claudia in Nine and Maurya in Riders to the Sea.   She lives in Portland with Jasper, her faithful four-legged hiking companion.

 

Daniel Mobbs, Adjunct Professor, Voice

mobbs-pic.jpegBass-baritone, Daniel Mobbs, has won praise for his "solid, resonant voice and boundless energy...his stage presence virtually ensured that he was the focal point of nearly every scene in which he appeared," as written in the New York Times. Mr. Mobbs has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Boston Lyric Opera Minnesota Opera, Portland Opera and many others. He is sought after as both a performer and teacher, teaching young artists at the Caramoor International Music Festival, Portland Opera and at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Mobb’s awards include first place in both the College Division of the MacAllister Awards and the Mario Lanza Scholarship. He is a winner of the Sullivan Foundation Award and also a recipient of a grant from the Puccini Foundation. In 2008, New York City Opera awarded him the Kolozsvar Award, recognizing his "memorable performance of multiple roles in Purcell's King Arthur." He is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.



Rebecca Robbins, Adjunct Professor, Alexander Technique

robbinsphoto.jpgRebecca has a background in the Biological and Domestic Sciences, as well as Dance and Theater. She held an assistantship with the Director of the Living/Learning Program from 1973-75 at Southern Oregon State College and performed during that time for the Oregon Shakespearean Festival under dance historian Judy Kennedy.  She graduated from the Drama Studio of London Theater Conservatory program in 1981 and performed in theater and educational film for more than a decade.  

She later trained with Linda and Ed Avak to become a teacher, and gained the only recognized certification at that time given by the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique - STAT - in the United Kingdom.  Rebecca is also certified by the U.S. affiliate of that organization, The American Society for the Alexander Technique - AmSAT.  She has 38 years of experience in the field, have taught the public for 28 years, and have trained teachers for 18 years. She has served on AmSAT's Board of Directors and its Credential Review Committee, and has been appointed by the Board to review training course application and re-application processes.  

 


Jill Soltero, Adjunct Professor, Voice

soltero.jpgLyric soprano, Jill Soltero, has performed a wide variety of roles with regional opera companies including Arkansas Opera Theatre, Berkshire Opera, Sarasota Opera and Connecticut Opera. Opera roles include Anna in NABUCCO, Mimi in LA BOHEME, Barbarina in the MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, and Papagena in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Nedda in I PAGLIACCI, Micaela in CARMEN, Adina in ELIXIR OF LOVE, and Gretel in HANSEL AND GRETEL. Jill Soltero has served on the faculty of Oregon State University, Pacific University, Marylhurst University, Lewis and Clark College and is currently teaching at University of Portland. Soltero holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California and a Master of Music degree from the Yale University School of Music. Her teachers include Ellen Faull, Martin Katz, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Evelyn Lear and Joan Dornemann.

Education:

Master of Music, Yale University
Bachelor of Music, Univ Southern California

Instrumental Faculty Profiles


Jeff Ashton, Adjunct Professor, classical guitar        

ashton.jpegJeffrey is a Boston, Massachusetts native who has lived and worked as a teacher of guitar in the US and Europe. While living in Boston Jeffrey earned a degree in History and Art History with an interest in architecture and topography of Bavaria, and later received a degree in guitar performance from Portland State. Jeffrey has studied guitar throughout Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, and England eventually leading to a residency in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Musikschule faculty. In addition to guitar, Jeffrey also worked as a visual artist who showcased his work in exhibits through Europe.

Jeffrey Ashton is a classical guitarist, composer and arranger located in Portland, OR. Jeffrey teaches private and class lessons for guitar throughout the city. 

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Boston College


Hannah Brewer, Adjunct Professor, Harp

hannahbrewer.pngHannah Brewer holds organ performance degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Pittsburg State University, as well as additional degrees in art history. Her MA combined her two passions in a thesis titled "Portatives, Positives, and their Players: Depictions of Organs in Early Netherlandish Panel Painting, c. 1465-1509." Hannah is currently Director of Music & Organist at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church in Portland. In addition, Hannah accompanies a variety of choral ensembles in the Portland area, performs regularly on piano with the Cascadia Chamber Ensemble, and sings with the liturgical choir, Cantores in Ecclesia.

Education:

Master of Music, Pittsburg State University
Master of Arts, Courtauld Institute of Art
Bachelor of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Arts, Oberlin College

 


 
Nicole Buetti, Adjunct Professor, Bassoon

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Nicole Buetti is a bassoonist, contrabassoonist and composer.  She is the contrabassoonist for the Vancouver (WA) Symphony, Oregon East Symphony, and the Oregon Coast Music festival, and a bassoonist in the Portland Columbia Symphony and Chameleon Wind Quintet.  She is also an active freelance performer.  

She has performed with the Haydn Music festival orchestra in Vienna, and as a soloist and chamber music artist with the Assisi Performing Arts Festival in Italy. When she is not performing or teaching, Nicole composes children’s music for the popular YouTube channel “In A World Music Kids” and composes concert works for chamber ensembles, wind symphonies and orchestra. 

 

 

 


Lars Campbell, Adjunct Professor Trombone

campbellphoto.jpgTrained in both the classical and jazz repertoires, trombonist Lars Campbell performs with the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theater orchestras; he also plays many of the national touring shows that pass through Portland.

Lars was the co-founder of the Portland Jazz Orchestra, which he ran from 2005-2010. His discography includes appearances on Storm Large’s “Le Bonheur”, Pink Martini’s “Hang on Little Tomato”, Pepé and the Bottle Blondes’ “Pambrosia”, and Portland Jazz Orchestra’s “Good Morning, Geek”. He has also composed and arranged numerous works for large jazz ensemble, trombone quartet, and jazz sextet.

Lars is the director of Instrumental Music at Clackamas Community College, where he directs the CCC Concert Band and the CCC Jazz Ensemble. He also directs the Concert Band Festival, the Instrumental Jazz Festival, and he teaches Midi Lab (Finale), Careers in Music, and other courses in the Music Department.

 


JatTik Clark, Adjunct Professor Tuba & Euphonium

 clarkphoto.jpgJáTtik Clark began his professional music career as principal tuba of the Oregon Symphony in the fall of 1999. Now in his fourteenth season with the orchestra, Clark has an active career as an orchestra/chamber musician, soloist, and teacher in the local Portland music scene and beyond. He has been invited to perform with some of the leading U.S. orchestras including the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Seattle symphonies. In the Northwest, he has played and recorded with a wide variety of musicians and groups including Chamber Music Northwest, the Rob Scheps Big Band, Big Horn Brass, Pink Martini and the Third Angle Music Ensemble.

As a soloist, Clark has performed the Ralph Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the Oregon Symphony as well as the Vancouver (Wash.) Symphony.  Recently, he gave the Oregon premier of the Luis Cardoso Double Concertino for Tuba, Tenor Saxophone, and Wind Ensemble with the University of Portland. He will also be performing this piece with the U.S. “Pershing’s Own” Army Concert Band for the 2014 Tuba-Euphonium Workshop. For the 2013-2014 performance season, Clark will be featured as soloist with the Vancouver (Wash.) Symphony, the Portland Columbia Symphony, the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, and the Oregon State Wind Ensemble.

In the summer, Clark regularly performs with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole (Wyo.), the Oregon Coast Music Festival and the Sunriver Music Festival. In addition to his orchestral and other performance duties, Clark is also the applied tuba/euphonium instructor at Portland State University, Lewis and Clark College and a co-instructor at Oregon State University. He holds a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree in music (cum laude) from the University of South Carolina. JáTtik’s main instructors have been Timothy Northcut and Ron Davis, but he has also studied with Gene Pokorny, James Jenkins, Mike Grose and Floyd Cooley.

 

John Cox, Adjunct Professor, Horn   

coxphoto.jfifJohn Cox, has appeared as a soloist numerous times in front of the Oregon Symphony and has performed most of the major concerto literature including both concertos of Richard Strauss, Mozart concerti and Sinfonia Concertante, and others. He can be heard on all Oregon Symphony broadcasts and recordings, including its latest Grammy nominations conducted by Music Director Carlos Kalmar.

A member of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, John frequently performs with Chamber Music Northwest, has performed at Lincoln Center, and has been featured as soloist, clinician, and lecturer multiple times at the International Horn Society’s annual symposiums, including Brisbane, Australia and London, England. He also travels around the country to join colleagues in chamber music performances, most recently in September 2015 with Philip Palermo, Associate Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony in performance of the Brahms Horn Trio.

On the Centaur label, John can be heard on a solo horn CD featuring the music of Chopin, Schumann, and Walter Gieseking’s Quintet for Winds and Piano, as well as a horn ensemble recording featuring the Oregon Symphony horn section and friends performing the music of Bach and Mendelssohn. He appears as hornist with the Westwood Woodwind Quintet on the Crystal Records label.




Angelika Furtwangler, Adjunct Professor. Viola      

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Angelika performs regularly with Portland Opera Orchestra, Oregon Ballet Theatre (Principal Viola), the Vancouver Symphony, and arcadia PDX String Quartet. She has also performed frequently with the Detroit Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Portland Summerfest Opera Orchestra and Astoria Music Festival. She has a private music studio filled with violin and viola students and teaches strings at Lake Oswego Schools and Oregon Episcopal School in SW Portland. Angelika earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Munich Musikhochschule and a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
 
 

 


Zach Galatis, Adjunct Professor, Flute

galatisphoto.jpgZachariah Galatis’ “irresistible energy, appealing tone, and dazzling technique” (The Oregonian) have cemented his place in Portland’s music community. Serving as solo piccolo of the Oregon Symphony since 2012, Zach also frequently appears with Third Angle New Music and 45th Parallel. 

A native of LaGrange, NY, Zach graduated summa cum laude with performance honors from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he studied with Kenneth Andrews. Zach received an M.M. from Peabody Conservatory, studying with Baltimore Symphony’s Laurie Sokoloff (solo piccolo) and Emily Skala (principal flute), and also pursued doctoral studies with Marina Piccinini at Peabody.

In 2009, Zach won first place in the Mid-Atlantic Young Artist Piccolo Competition, and was a winner of the National Flute Association’s 2009 Piccolo Masterclass Competition. Zach was a fellow at the National Orchestral Institute in 2010 and 2012, and in 2011 was awarded the Piccolo Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival. Zach also won first prize in the National Flute Association’s 2012 Piccolo Artist Competition, a competition for which he now serves as coordinator.

In addition to performing, Zach is a passionate educator, having given various masterclasses and seminars on piccolo technique, including at the 2012 Hampton Roads Flute Faire, the 2012 International Flute Symposium in West Virginia, and the 2013 Iowa Piccolo Intensive Workshop. For the 2014-2015 school year, Zach served as the Interim Instructor of Flute at Willamette University. He also maintains a private studio in Portland, working with students of all ages.

Zach has played as guest piccolo with orchestras including Baltimore, Detroit, and Seattle, and has appeared as guest principal flute with the Buffalo Philharmonic. He has also performed at various summer festivals, including the Astoria Music Festival and Oregon Bach Festival. Before Joining the Oregon Symphony, Zach played piccolo/third flute in the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, under music director JoAnn Falletta.


Brian Gardiner, Adjunct Professor, Percussion

brian-gardinerphoto.jpgHe is a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra and currently freelances in Portland, where he performs regularly with the Oregon Symphony, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Columbia Symphony, and Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. He has performed under the batons of such conductors as Gerard Schwarz, Carlos Kalmar, Roberto Abbado, David Robertson, and Michael Stern.

Dr. Gardiner has been a highly sought-after drum set artist in Oregon, performing with regional and national recording artists such as Federale.He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Concordia University, Warner Pacific College and Portland Community College. He also teaches privately at Revival Drum Shop in Portland. Brian received his Doctor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.


 
Mitch Iimori, Adjunct Professor, Oboe

mitchofalltrades.jpgMitch Iimori aka “Mitch the Ultimate Multi- Instrumentalist” was born in the city of Kamakura in Japan. His parents were avid fans of foreign movies and music. They had many vinyl record of mostly American music. Mitch learned to drop the needle onto vinyls at age 3 and started listening to those American vinyls. Among them were Peter Paul & Mary, The Brothers Four, Pete Seeger, New Christy Minstrels, Judy Collins, Simon & Garfunkle. He was particularly drawn to the sounds of guitar and banjo, and decided to learn to play them. As his brother was already playing the piano, he decided to give it a try at age 7, but soon discovered doing the same thing as his brother, who was a high achiever, was not a good way to go. So he picked up the guitar.

Mitch holds a BA and MA in Music from the Eastman School of Music. He has performed with the Greece Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon East Symphony Choral, the Grande Ronde Symphony, and the Rochester Broadway Theatre League.



Kevin Lefohn, Adjunct Professor, Violin

Hailed as a "barnstorming violin exponent" (Flying Inkpot, Singapore), violinist Kevin A. Lefohn maintains an international career as recital soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. His frequent chamber music collaborations and numerous recital performances have earned considerable  international acclaim, with performances, workshops, and masterclasses presented throughout Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United States, and South East Asia. He is a National Recording Artist for Radio New Zealand Concert and has frequently performed on Thursdays at Three, All Classical Portland’s live performance radio show.

Much sought after as a teacher and adjudicator, Kevin is dedicated to the training of talented young string players. His students include prizewinners of international competitions, soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestra musicians throughout Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and the United States. He has served as a jury member of numerous international competitions including the International Violin Competition Sion Valais, at the invitation of Maestro Shlomo Mintz, and the selection panel of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

He has held faculty teaching positions at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and the University of Oregon (USA). He was the founding director of the renowned Marama Strings Project at the University of Otago where he was Professor of Violin from 1998-2007 and founder and Artistic Director of the Queenstown Violin Summer School and Festival of Chamber Music (New Zealand).

He currently holds faculty teaching positions at the University of Portland and Pacific University. He maintains a private studio, an international studio via online video lessons, supporting students throughout the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia, and frequently travels overseas for performances, masterclasses and teaching residencies.


Jim O’Banion, Adjunct Professor, Trumpet

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University (Bachelor of Music Education) and Indiana University (Masters in Trumpet Performance with Distinction.)

He has been a public school instrumental music educator (14 years); a public school Associate Principal (12 years) Director of Fine and Performing Arts (7 years); Principal of a Vancouver School of Arts and Academics – a nationally recognized school of excellence (10 yers); Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Lewis & Clark College, spanning 3 decades and recently became University of Portland and Lower Columbia College’s Adjunct Professor of Trumpet. During his teaching career, several of his students have pursued an advanced degree in Trumpet Performance and are currently engaged as professional musicians or educators throughout the United States and Europe.

James is often invited to adjudicate trumpet competitions as well as perform as a freelance artist. While trumpet performance and teaching are of primary professional importance to him, he maintains an active schedule volunteering his time sharing his brass expertise in local High School instrumental music programs.

 
Dieter Ratzlaf, Adjunct Professor, Cello

ratlzafphoto.jpgPortland, Oregon cellist Dieter Ratzlaf grew up in a musical family. He began cello studies at the age of seven and performed with the Portland Youth Philharmonic for six years, touring Europe with the orchestra in 1989. Dieter completed his undergraduate studies in Economics and German at Willamette University on a music scholarship. He went on to receive his Master of Arts in Cello Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, also on scholarship, where he was a student of Bonnie Hampton. He has performed in several Master classes for renowned cellists including Anner Bylsma and Yo-Yo Ma and has made solo appearances with the Missoula Symphony and Salem Chamber Orchestra.

Dieter later attended the Aspen School of Music where he performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra and studied with David Geber and David Finckel—members of the American String Quartet and Emerson String Quartet, respectively. He has appeared with multiple arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest including the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Portland Opera Orchestra (18 seasons) and the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra (10 seasons). Dieter was appointed principal cello of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2005 and the Hood River Philharmonic in 2012, positions he currently still holds. In addition to his performance commitments, Dieter is in demand as a teacher, adjudicator, and studio artist. He maintains a large private teaching studio and has served as Cello Instructor at the University of Portland for the past decade.

 
Jason Schooler, Adjunct Professor, Bass

schooler.jpgJason has been playing bass with orchestras and chamber ensembles since 1992, and joined the Oregon Symphony’s bass section in October 1999. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the West Virginia Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Oregon Bach Festival. Jason plays with several local chamber ensembles, including Third Angle New Music Ensemble, 45th Parallel, Classical Up Close, and the Lewis & Clark Faculty Chamber Players.

Jason is also a busy teacher. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Jason holds music faculty positions at Lewis & Clark College, University of Portland, and Concordia University. He is also a music instructor with the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Chamber Music Camp of Portland, and many Portland-area schools.

Mr. Schooler received a B.M. in Performance and Music Education at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He also attended the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado for six years.


Igor Shakhman, Adjunct Professor, Clarinet

 

Matthew Tutsky, Adjunct Professor, Harp

Matthew is currently Principal Harpist with New Mexico Philharmonic, Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, and Boise Philharmonic, while also serving first call 2nd Harpist with Oregon Symphony. His performances have been acclaimed at premier concert venues such as Carnegie Hall in NYC and Harpa in Iceland. He has served as Acting Principal Harpist with the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera and permanent guest artist and substitute harpist with Iceland Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, Oregon Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Anchorage Symphony. He regularly performs at prestigious summer music festivals including Grand Teton Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, Deer Valley Music Festival, and McCall Summer Musicfest. He has performed with James Taylor, Kristin Chenoweth, Ben Folds, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Johnny Mathis, Emmanuel Pahud, and other leading musical icons.

Matthew participated in a premier of John Luther Adams' "Become Desert" with Seattle Symphony and joined them on tour with this work. He has recorded with Seattle Symphony and Utah Symphony. Matthew holds teaching posts as Adjunct Professor of Harp with The University of Portland and Reed College. As a member of the American Harp Society and Vice-President of the Boise Chapter, he gave honorarium recitals with Connecticut Chapter of the American Harp Society and Lyon & Healy West. Matthew has performed concertos with Utah Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Boise Baroque Orchestra, Chamber Music of the Springs, Washington Idaho Symphony, and Nova Chamber Music Series. He received a perfect score for a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts in 2012. Matthew is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard’s Pre College and is tremendously grateful for his mentors, especially Deborah Hoffman, former Principal Harpist of the Metropolitan Opera, and Emily Oppenheimer, former Juilliard Pre College Harp Professor. Matthew is based in Portland, Oregon.       


Jazz Faculty Profiles


William "Bill" Athens, Adjunct Professor, Jazz bass

 

Ryan Meagher, Adjunct Professor, Jazz Guitar

meagher-pic2.jpgRyan Meagher (pronounced Marr) launched his international reputation as a jazz guitarist and composer in New York City in 2003. He has seven albums under his own direction on internationally distributed record labels Fresh Sound New Talent and PJCE Records. He has played alongside a wide range of notable and legendary jazz artists including Randy Brecker, Terrel Stafford, John Clayton, David Friesen, and Cuong Vu. When he moved to Portland in mid-2012 he quickly became a fixture in the jazz and creative music scenes as an artist, educator, and organizer. He teaches guitar at the University of Portland and Mt Hood Community College, and runs the jazz programs at Lower Columbia College, and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. In addition to his teaching duties, he is also active as an administrator in important cultural outlets like the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble as their Director of Operations and Director of the PJCE Records label. He is also a co-founder of Montavilla Jazz Festival where he is the Programming Director.

 

Don Norton, Assistant Professor, Director of Jazz Studies, Saxophone, Music History

nortond.jpgDon Norton is an assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies at the University of Portland. As a saxophonist, he has performed extensively in a variety of styles that include jazz, classical, world music, and musical theatre, and he has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including a tour of Costa Rica with world music group Panoramic. His research interests include jazz history and pedagogical methods for jazz and saxophone performance, and he has presented research at conferences of the Jazz Education Network and the North American Saxophone Alliance.

Don previously taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Spoon River College, and Laramie County Community College, and he served as a graduate assistant in the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Northern Colorado. Additionally, he has taught at the Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts, as well as the summer jazz camps of Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, and the Birch Creek Music Performance Center. He is also a clinician with the Vandoren Regional Artist program.  More information can be found at www.donniesax.com.

Don holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, the New England Conservatory of Music, and Northern Illinois University. Outside of music, his interests include running, reading, watching sports and other television shows, and hanging out with his dog, Buddy.

Education:

Doctor of Arts, University of Northern Colorado
Master of Music, New England Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music, Northern Illinois University

 
Kerry Politzer, Adjunct Professor, Jazz Piano, Jazz Arranging

politzerphoto.jpgKerry Politzer is a Portland-based jazz pianist, composer, and educator. Since 2013, she has served on the music faculty at Portland State University, and since January 2020, she has also been on the faculty at University of Portland. Kerry received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied improvisation and composition with the late jazz guru Charlie Banacos. She continues to be inspired by his teachings.

Kerry lived in New York for many years, during which time she performed at Smalls and toured with DIVA No Man’s Band. DIVA performances included appearances at the Blue Note and on the QE2 with Dianne Schuur and Slide Hampton, and a quartet performance with Larry Coryell. In 1996, Kerry was one of six finalists in the American Pianists Association’s 3rd Biennial Jazz Piano Competition. Her composition Rhodes Rage won Third Prize, Jazz Category in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Another tune, Begin The Baiao, won Third Prize, Jazz Category in the 2000 Mid-Atlantic Song Competition and an Honorable Mention in the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting Competition.

Kerry has released six jazz CDs as a leader, including Blue in Blue, which featured saxophonist Donny McCaslin and was termed a “first-rate jazz outing” by AllAboutJazz.com. The pianist has also been a featured sideman on albums of George Colligan, Laura Dreyer, and the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble. Kerry’s 2005 CD Labyrinth was a finalist for Best Jazz Album in the 2007 Independent Music Awards. The title track from her first album, Yearning, was featured on Sax And The City: Musical Contributions From New York’s Best Women Jazz Instrumentalists (Apria Records, 2004). Kerry’s subsequent release, Below the Surface (2014), was released by PJCE Records.

In 2019, Kerry was awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council Artistic Focus grant to explore the music of Brazilian composer Durval Ferreira. The project culminated in the August 2019 release of Diagonal: The Music of Durval Ferreira.

One of Kerry’s newest projects is Bossa PDX, for which she has transcribed dozens of classic bossa nova arrangements from the original recordings. Bossa PDX has performed at the Oregon Coast Jazz Party, Ellenburg’s Jazz in the Valley, the Florence Wine & Jazz Festival, the Lincoln City Cultural Center, and the Lan Su Garden, among other venues. Kerry has also headlined at Portland’s Montavilla Jazz Festival and performed with the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra.

 

Piano Faculty Profiles


John Haek, Adjunct Professor, Piano, Class Piano

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John has performed frequently as piano soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in the local Portland area.  He has taught a broad range of music courses and endeavors to integrate the various disciplines of musical knowledge and skill in a supportive way in each class.  He currently teaches group piano classes offered for music majors (MUS 131A Piano Proficiency) and non-majors (MUS 130A Class Piano I).

 

 

 

 



Julia Lee, Adjunct Professor, Piano

julia-lee.jfifJulia Hwakyu Lee, pianist, has performed solo and chamber music in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Portland, Toronto and cities in Korea including Seoul. Dr. Lee is on the faculties of the University of Portland and Portland State University. Previously, she served on faculty at Southern Utah University and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr.Lee’s many prizes and awards include the Chamber winner in Niagara International Music Competition in Canada, Gold Medal in Hankuk Ilbo Competition in Korea, Beethoven competition in Wisconsin- Madison, and fellowship recipient in Gilmore Keyboard Festival in Michigan. Julia Lee has been a soloist with University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Portland’s Columbia Symphony, and recently with UP Community Orchestra. She presented lecture recitals at the College Music Society national conference and regional conference. As an active adjudicator, she adjudicated NW Chopin competition and Simon-Fiset competition in Seattle, WA., including festivals in Portland and Salem, OR. She has participated in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Claude Frank, Paul Badura-Skoda, Gary Graffman, Rusell Sherman and John O’Conor.

Her students succeeded in many competitions including 1st place in Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)’s state competition in 2010, 2nd place in MTNA’s National competition in 2009, 1st place in Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA)’s Solo & Ensemble competition in 2008, 2009, Presidential Scholar in the Arts in 2004, and numerous students won soloist competitions and performed with the orchestras in Wisconsin, Illinois, Washington and Oregon. Dr. Lee received her Doctor in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin, Master in Music from Korean National University of Arts, and Bachelor in Music from Yonsei University, Seoul.

Professional Affiliations:

Doctor of Musical Arts- Piano Performance, Univ Wisconsin

 
Susan McDaniel, Lecturer, Collaborative Piano, Staff Accompanist

mcdaniel-picSusan McDaniel has appeared widely as a solo and collaborative pianist, including regional and national concert tours as well as appearances in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. She studied piano performance with Jill Timmons and vocal accompanying with Warren Jones, and afterwards worked as a member of the music staff at Seattle Opera and Utah Festival Opera. Since returning to her home state of Oregon, Susan has maintained an active performing career as a member of the Northwest Piano Trio and Northwest Art Song, and was the resident pianist of All Classical Portland’s live-performance radio show, Thursdays at Three. She was previously a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Portland and Linfield College, and spent five seasons as the head opera coach at the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cultivating her vegetable garden, cooking, and knitting.

Education:

Master of Music, Manhattan School of Music
Bachelor of Arts, Linfield College