Instrumental Faculty Directory

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. 


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.


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


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      



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

lefohn.jpgHailed 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

obanionj.jpgJames O’Banion received his formal education from Washington State
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-tutsky.jpgMatthew 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

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.


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 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



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.


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