2019 Faculty: Session One  

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Michael gesme
music program director/
orchestra director

Michael Gesme is Professor of Music and Chair of the Fine Arts and Communication Department at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. He is the conductor of the Central Oregon Symphony, the Cascade Winds Symphonic Band and teaches various courses in music theory, ear training, music history, and conducting. In addition, Michael directs the Central Oregon Chamber Orchestra and is the principal conductor for OperaBend. He received his bachelor’s degree from Luther College (Decorah, IA) and his master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Michael has been involved with YMA for more than a decade and his children, Alex and Zeta, grew up attending first session during the summers. Zeta is currently serving as a YMA senior counselor.

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Scott wright
band director

Clarinetist Scott Wright is the Professor of Clarinet at the University of Kentucky, a position he has held since 2002. He is also a member of the esteemed McCracken Faculty Wind Quintet, and Chair of the Winds—Percussion—Jazz Division in the School of Music. In a career spanning nearly three decades, Dr. Wright has performed and taught in a wide variety of settings including the public schools, universities, chamber and orchestral ensembles, and as a soloist. He has been featured as both a conductor and clarinetist the conferences of the International Clarinet Association, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, the International Double Reed Society, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Midwest Clinic, and the American Choral Directors Association. Since 1997, he has appeared frequently with pianist Linda Halloin (Duo Pegasus) as a guest artist, and has presented numerous concerts and masterclasses at colleges and universities throughout the country as well as in Europe, Canada, and Asia.

Dr. Wright keeps busy as a conductor and soloist with high school and middle school bands and serves as clarinet instructor and band director at music camps and festivals in Wisconsin, Oregon, and Kentucky, as well as a clarinet instructor and consultant for the American Band College-Sam Houston State University. Dr. Wright holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Arizona State University, and he is a Selmer Performing Artist.

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blake applegate
choir director

Blake Applegate is the Director of Cantores in Ecclesia, assuming leadership of the organization upon the retirement of his father, Dean Applegate, in the spring of 2010. Prior to his appointment as Director, Blake served as Assistant Director, conducting the adult and children’s choirs not only locally but while on tour in Europe. A highly respected singer as well as choral director, he has sung widely throughout the Portland metropolitan area with groups such as Capella Romana, the Trinity Consort and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. For over a decade he has been a member of the Schola Cantorum at Holy Rosary Church, where he serves as principal cantor for the parish. He and his wife, professional musician Anna Song, are the parents of two and deeply committed to the musical education and training of children and young adults.

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Anna song
choir director

Anna Song has been directing choirs and teaching music in the Portland area since moving to Oregon in 2001. She holds a B.A. in composition from UCLA, an M.M in Choral Conducting from Yale University, and an Ed.D in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has studied with Dennis Keene at the Keenefest Choral Institute and has appeared at the Oregon Bach Festival as a conducting fellow with Helmuth Rilling. Dr. Song is currently Associate Professor of Music at Linfield College where she serves as the Director of Choral Activities. A lover of early music, she is also Co-founder and Artistic Director of In Mulieribus, a professional women's vocal ensemble that has presented its own concert series in Portland for over a decade.

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JOHN HUBBARD
STRING ORCHESTRA Director

John Hubbard is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Southern California, where he studied with Marian Davies, Eleanore Schoenfeld, Gabor Rejto, and Ronald Leonard. In Los Angeles he was a member of the Pasadena Symphony for ten years, during which time he also worked with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In Portland since 1989, John has acted as principal cello for the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestras, as well as the Columbia and Newport Symphonies, and the Cascade Music Festival. Between 1990 and 2000 he toured, recorded, and performed over 200 concerts with the Oregon Symphony under conductors, such as James DePriest, Sergiu Comissiona, and Julius Rudel. During that time he also conducted the Young String Ensemble of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Currently, he maintains a private cello studio, as well as teaching and coaching chamber music at Reed College. John is thrilled to perform with his YMA colleagues, Casey Bozell and Chris Engbretson in the Piano Trio, Hammers and Bows.

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CASEY BOZELL
CHAMBER MUSIC PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Casey Bozell, violinist, is a diverse and energetic performer based in Portland, Oregon. She is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral player, and is the concertmaster of the Newport Symphony in Newport, Oregon. She also holds positions with the Portland Opera Orchestra and Oregon Ballet Theater. She has been invited to perform solo guest artist recitals at the University of Northern Colorado, Eastern Oregon University, and Linfield College, and has performed as a soloist with the Newport Symphony, Beaverton Symphony, Linfield Chamber Orchestra, and the Central Oregon Chamber Orchestra. She has served on the faculty of the Young Musicians and Artists summer camp since 2010, and is a founding member of the Portland-based piano trio Hammers and Bows. Her compositional recital series have led to world premiere compositions by local talents Thomas Barber, Amelia Bierly, Douglas Detrick, and Nora Ryan.

She is the director of the Casey Bozell Music Studio and has directed the Concordia University String Ensemble sinc 2010. Casey’s former teachers include Gerardo Ribeiro, Richard Fuchs, and Harold Wippler. She received her Bachelors of Music Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, and her Masters of Music Performance from Northwestern University. She plays on an 1874 Frederic Diehl violin.

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CATÓN LYLES
AFRO-CUBAN RHYTHM DIRECTOR

Catón Lyles has been active on the local music scene for over 40 years. As a musician and actor he has been featured on national and international television, in commercials, documentaries, and episodic programming. Catón specializes in traditional West African and Afro-Cuban styles of hand drumming, and continues to be a dance accompanist working with several school districts and world-renowned choreographers and dance educators. Currently he is performing with various groups including, Trio Ecletique d' 903; the Crazy 8’s; Sebe Kan Youth Dance Co, Sally Harmon,Tasha Miller, The Gary Ogan Band and teaches privately and at Rhythm Traders in Portland. Catón also serves as camp manager at Caldera.

 

Strings

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CASEY BOZELL
VIOLIN Instructor

Casey Bozell, violinist, is a diverse and energetic performer based in Portland, Oregon. She is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral player, and is the concertmaster of the Newport Symphony in Newport, Oregon. She also holds positions with the Portland Opera Orchestra and Oregon Ballet Theater. She has been invited to perform solo guest artist recitals at the University of Northern Colorado, Eastern Oregon University, and Linfield College, and has performed as a soloist with the Newport Symphony, Beaverton Symphony, Linfield Chamber Orchestra, and the Central Oregon Chamber Orchestra. She has served on the faculty of the Young Musicians and Artists summer camp since 2010, and is a founding member of the Portland-based piano trio Hammers and Bows. Her compositional recital series have led to world premiere compositions by local talents Thomas Barber, Amelia Bierly, Douglas Detrick, and Nora Ryan.

She is the director of the Casey Bozell Music Studio and has directed the Concordia University String Ensemble sinc 2010. Casey’s former teachers include Gerardo Ribeiro, Richard Fuchs, and Harold Wippler. She received her Bachelors of Music Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, and her Masters of Music Performance from Northwestern University. She plays on an 1874 Frederic Diehl violin.

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LINDSAY BOHL
VIOLA INSTRUCTOR

Lindsay Bohl had no idea what the viola was when it was chosen for her (by her mother), but as soon as she learned to play it, she fell in love with it and promptly quit her piano lessons. After completing her master’s degree from Northwestern University, Lindsay won a position with the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. It was there that she discovered her passion for playing in an orchestra and a strange enjoyment of practicing orchestral excerpts for several hours every day. Other highlights of Lindsay’s career include performing with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and performing with artists Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and others. Lindsay currently serves as the Associate Principal Viola of the Boise Philharmonic and member of the Boise Philharmonic String Quartet. In addition to playing with the orchestra, she maintains a private studio of viola and violin students. She is on the faculty of Young Musicians and Artists and served on the faculty of George Fox University before moving to Boise, Idaho.

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JOHN HUBBARD
CELLO Instructor

John Hubbard is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Southern California, where he studied with Marian Davies, Eleanore Schoenfeld, Gabor Rejto, and Ronald Leonard. In Los Angeles he was a member of the Pasadena Symphony for ten years, during which time he also worked with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In Portland since 1989, John has acted as principal cello for the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestras, as well as the Columbia and Newport Symphonies, and the Cascade Music Festival. Between 1990 and 2000 he toured, recorded, and performed over 200 concerts with the Oregon Symphony under conductors, such as James DePriest, Sergiu Comissiona, and Julius Rudel. During that time he also conducted the Young String Ensemble of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Currently, he maintains a private cello studio, as well as teaching and coaching chamber music at Reed College. John is thrilled to perform with his YMA colleagues, Casey Bozell and Chris Engbretson in the Piano Trio, Hammers and Bows.

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CHRIS KIM
BASS INSTRUCTOR

A Colorado native, Mr. Kim received his BM from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX under the tutelage of Jeff Bradetich. Mr. Kim also earned his MM from Indiana University under the study of Bruce Bransby. Mr. Kim began playing the Piano at age 6, and the Violin at 10. It was in middle school that Mr. Kim began playing the Double Bass around the age of 12 and has been playing ever since. Mr. Kim has participated in summer festivals including Aspen Music Festival and School in 2013 & 2014, and also NRO in 2015 in Breckenridge, CO. Mr. Kim was also a finalist and has subbed with the New World Symphony in Miami, FL. Currently, Mr. Kim resides in Portland, OR where he is an acting member of the Oregon Symphony and is an active teacher in the Portland area.

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HEATHER MASTEL-LIPSON
VIOLIN INSTRUCTOR

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Heather began playing the violin at age seven. Since then she has performed in music festivals in the United States, Europe and South America where she spent last summer touring Chile with the Orchestra of the Americas (YOA). As an orchestral player, Heather is a regular member of Portland Opera, associate concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony and recently won a position with Oregon Ballet Theatre. She has performed as concertmaster of several ensembles including the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonia, Minnesota All-State Orchestra and the Brainerd Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician Heather performs with the Northwest Piano Trio and in a violin and guitar duo giving concerts with both ensembles around Portland and the Bay Area. When she is not performing, Heather enjoys teaching her private students and coaching chamber music. Heather holds a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her primary teachers include Axel Strauss, Juliana Athayde and Frank Huang. Aside from playing the violin, Heather is an avid swimmer and loves swimming the butterfly across the lakes of Minnesota or the San Francisco Bay (in a wetsuit, of course!)

 

Woodwinds

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SOPHIA TEGART
FLUTE INSTRUCTOR


Dr. Sophia Tegart teaches at Washington State University, where she is Clinical Assistant Professor of Flute. Prior to this appointment, Sophia served on the faculties of Pacific University, George Fox University, and the University of Idaho. As a Yamaha Performing Artist, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and she has been soloist with the Spokane Symphony, the Washington-Idaho Symphony, Chehalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. Sophia has performed as a member of the Oregon Mozart Players, the Walla Walla Symphony, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Additionally, she served as guest principal flutist in the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and performed regularly with the Kansas City Symphony. Currently, Sophia is piccoloist with the Colorado Mahlerfest and the Walla Walla Symphony, and second flute and piccolo in the Washington Idaho Symphony.

Dr. Tegart received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where she held the flute fellowship in the Graduate Woodwind Quintet. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master of Arts in Music History and a Master of Music in Flute Performance.

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cheryl Wefler
OBOE INSTRUCTOR

Cheryl Wefler regularly performs with the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, Eugene Opera Orchestra and the Eugene Concert Choir. She has performed in groups across the country and premiered a concerto written for her in Colorado, and a sonata written for her in the UK. She is the owner/operator of Cascade Oboe Reeds and author of “Principals and Techniques of Oboe Reed Adjustment.”

DR. SCOTT WRIGHT
CLARINET instructor

Clarinetist Scott Wright is the Professor of Clarinet at the University of Kentucky, a position he has held since 2002. He is also a member of the esteemed McCracken Faculty Wind Quintet, and Chair of the Winds—Percussion—Jazz Division in the School of Music. In a career spanning nearly three decades, Dr. Wright has performed and taught in a wide variety of settings including the public schools, universities, chamber and orchestral ensembles, and as a soloist. He has been featured as both a conductor and clarinetist the conferences of the International Clarinet Association, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, the International Double Reed Society, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Midwest Clinic, and the American Choral Directors Association. Since 1997, he has appeared frequently with pianist Linda Halloin (Duo Pegasus) as a guest artist, and has presented numerous concerts and masterclasses at colleges and universities throughout the country as well as in Europe, Canada, and Asia.

Dr. Wright keeps busy as a conductor and soloist with high school and middle school bands and serves as clarinet instructor and band director at music camps and festivals in Wisconsin, Oregon, and Kentucky, as well as a clarinet instructor and consultant for the American Band College-Sam Houston State University. Dr. Wright holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Arizona State University, and he is a Selmer Performing Artist.

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Mark Pipes
Saxophone Instructor

Dr. Mark Pipes is an active performer in the Portland area in both jazz and classical genres. He creates soulful, moving performances with vocal style and energy, and his flexible musical style allows him to appear with a variety of ensembles. Dr. Pipes is equally active as a soloist and was a winner of the Rocky Mountain Concerto Competition.

Dr. Pipes has over 20 years of pedagogical experience and maintains a thriving studio that includes middle school, high school, and collegiate level saxophonists. Former students have gone on to receive accolades and win competitions such as the Rocky Mountain Solo Competition and the Oregon State Solo Championships, and they have gone on to teach, pursue graduate degrees, and perform at the professional level.

Mark holds a Doctor of Arts in Music from the University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis in saxophone pedagogy and a secondary emphasis in jazz. Mark earned a Master of Music and a Certificate of Performance degree from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Delaware.

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Ann Kosanovic-Brown
Bassoon

As the first female bassoonist to play with the Berlin Philharmonic (BPO), Ann toured and performed with the BPO under Herbert Von Karajan. She is a former member of the Oregon Symphony and has held principal positions with orchestras including Das Symphonie Orchester Berlin; Camerata Salzburg; and Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, South Africa. She has been guest principal bassoonist with the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Siletz Bay Music Festival and the Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavaria. Ann can also be heard in many film scores and TV Series, including Mr. Holland's Opus, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Air Bud, Little Toaster Goes to Mars, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Kosanovic-Brown completed her undergraduate studies at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and continued graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, Hochschule Mozarteum, and the Berliner Philharmonic Academy.

She was appointed to the University of Natal as associate professor of bassoon in Durban, South Africa and has also taught music minor bassoonists at the Oberlin Conservatory. She has served as a guest lecturer at George Fox University and was on the faculty at the Icicle Creek Summer Music Festival in Leavenworth, WA. Ann currently teaches at Willamette University and Oregon State University.

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Samuel Rhoton
Bassoon

Originally from Salem Oregon, Samuel is a second-year bassoon performance student studying with William Ludwig as a Barbara and David Jacobs Scholar at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Samuel has performed with the Corvallis Symphony, Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Tualatin Valley Symphony, Willamette Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, and The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Over the past years Sam has participated in the Rocky Ridge Music Center Young Artist Seminar, The Marrowstone Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Center. In the summer of 2017, Samuel served as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of America conducted by Maestra Marin Alsop. The tour began at Carnegie Hall then traveled to various locations in Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia. Prior to Indiana University Samuel with Ann Kosanovic-Brown, and has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with John Klouser, Andrew Brady, Bram Van Sambeek and Kathleen Mclean. As well as taking lessons from Evan Kuhlmann, Carin Miller-Packwood, Monica Ellis, Daniel Matsukawa and Ben Kamins.

 

Brass

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Leander Star
french horn instructor

Leander serves as the horn instructor at both Rhodes College and the University of Mississippi at Oxford and is a member of the award-winning wind quintet the City of Tomorrow. The City of Tomorrow was awarded the Gold Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2011 and later received a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant in 2014. Leander also holds positions with the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra and the Portland Opera Orchestra and plays regularly with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee, and the Arkansas Symphony in Little Rock. He is a graduate of San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University. More info at leanderstar.com.

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Thomas barber
trumpet/jazz Instructor

Thomas has been active as both a trumpeter and composer since graduating The Julliard School in 2004. As a composer, he has written scores for over twenty independent films and t.v. shows. As a freelance trumpeter, he has performed with Paul Simon, Brian Blade, Joe Locke, Steve Wilson, Slide Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Esperanza Spalding, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Carla Cook, Tom Harrell, Nasheet Waits, and many more.After he won both the Lionel Hampton High School Trumpet Competition and the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition in Gothenborg, Sweden in 1997, he attended the University of Northern Colorado, graduating with a degree in classical trumpet performance. While at UNC, Thomas had opportunities to play with many of the musicians who passed through, including Louie Bellson, Pete Fountain, Nicholas Payton, Maria Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer, Conrad Herwig and Kenny Wheeler.

Thomas resides in Portland and is a member of the funk/ soul group Dirty Revival, which tours the country year round.

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Michael Maier
LOW BRASS INSTRUCTOR

Michael Maier is thrilled to teach at Young Musicians and Artists, which he has done since 2017!

He plays Second Trombone in the Boise Philharmonic and also Acting Associate Principal Trombone with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. Maier has performed in a wide variety of groups, including the Colorado Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Utah Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, the Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. 

He is an active music educator. He guest taught the low brass studio at Boise State University in fall 2015 and 2018. In 2015 Maier was a guest with the Mirari Brass Quintet, giving recitals and masterclasses around the country. 

Maier taught at the Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp in 2018 in his hometown of Cleveland Heights, OH. He was a fellow in the Zurich Opera’s Academy program in 2007-08. He earned his BM from Northwestern University in 2007 and his MM from The Juilliard School in 2011.

 

Percussion

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Kevin Schlossman
PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR

A native of Los Angeles, percussionist Kevin Schlossman moved to Portland in the summer of 2016. Since then, he has had the pleasure of playing regularly with the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Opera, the Vancouver Symphony, and the Salem Symphony, among others. He has also had the distinct privilege of working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, and LA Chamber Orchestra.

Kevin received his Bachelor’s Degree in performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and his Artist’s Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. And ardent proponent of both chamber and 20th century percussion music, he was a founding member of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles’ first conductor-less orchestra, and a member of the Smoke and Mirrors Ensemble. He can be heard as a soloist on their second album, Vanish. During his tenure as a student, Kevin attended the American Institute of Musical Studies Graz, the Round Top Festival Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival and School, where the Aspen Times remarked that his, “timing and wit had to be seen to be believed.”

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CATÓN LYLES
AFRO-CUBAN PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR

Catón Lyles has been active on the local music scene for over 30 years. As a musician and actor he has been featured on national and international television, in commercials, documentaries, and episodic programming. Catón specializes in traditional West African and Afro-Cuban styles of hand drumming, and continues to be a dance accompanist working with several school districts and world-renowned choreographers and dance educators. Currently he is performing with various groups including, Le Trio Ecletique; the Crazy 8’s; Kúkátónón and Pura Vida Orquestra and teaches privately and at Rhythm Traders in Portland. Catón also serves as camp manager at Caldera.

 

Piano

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chris engbretson
piano program director

Chris Engbretson holds a B.A. in piano performance from Linfield College, and an M.M. in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University. Having crafted his career as a pianist, singer, and conductor, Chris has worked extensively both locally and abroad. His conducting/piano credits include Dido and Aeneas, Town Hall, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, Once Upon a Mattress, Spring Awakening, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and collections of scenes from the repertory. He regularly performs with several Portland vocal ensembles, including Cantores in Ecclesia, and Cappella Romana, and is an active member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association, where he serves as the chair of the Romantic Festival. Chris serves on the faculty at Willamette University as Instructor of Voice and Opera studies. In addition to his classroom work, Chris also directs, conducts, and produces the annual opera on campus.

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Honey Wilson
Accompanist

Honey Wilson holds a BA in Piano Performance from Washington State University and a Certificate in Music Therapy from Willamette University. She previously maintained a large private studio in Yakima, Washington. Currently, she is the Administrative Specialist in the President’s Office at Willamette University, maintains a private studio and is a collaborative pianist for NATS, scholarship competitions, OMEA Solo/Ensemble, Salem-Keizer School District and Willamette University choral concerts and enjoys subbing at Willamette Valley area churches.

 

Guitar

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MARIO DIAZ
GUITAR PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Mario Díaz is a guitarist, singer, audio engineer, and educator whose musical activities have taken him across the U.S. and South America. A member of the Oregon Guitar Quartet, he has also performed with Portland Opera, 45th Parallel, Fear No Music and Third Angle New Music. He is a faculty member at Portland State University and Portland Community College, Director of the PSU Guitar Series, and head of the guitar program at Young Musicians & Artists. Mario also maintains a private teaching studio in Portland and serves as a clinician and adjudicator across the region.

Díaz’s work as a soloist and collaborator crosses over into a wide range of genres and styles, from classical to rock. He has participated in three tours and two Idaho residencies with the Dave Eggar Band and has recorded with Pink Martini, the von Trapps, and Martin Zarzar. During his time at Allegro Media Group, Mario engineered and mastered over 300 recordings. In addition to teaching in the guitar program at PSU, he is a faculty member in the university’s groundbreaking Sonic Arts and Music Production program.

Mario holds degrees from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Portland State University, where he studied with composer/guitarists Bryan Johanson and Sergio Assad. When not making music, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.