Here is the cast of Tombeau de Claude Debussy 2018:
Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson is a molecular biologist turned composer. She has played cello in the Marylhurst Symphony and the Pacific Crest Youth Sinfonietta, both having performed her compositions. Several of her chamber works have been performed at Cascadia Composers concerts, and she is a member of the Crazy Jane Composers.
Elizabeth teaches music theory at the Music and Arts Academy in Camas, Washington and she has adjudicated Composition Celebrations for the Oregon Music Teachers association. She volunteers with the BRAVO Youth Orchestra, which has also performed her music. She has studied composition with Dr. Robert Priest, Tomas Svoboda and Jonathan Newman, and is currently studying with Kenji Bunch.
Diane Chaplin is a solo artist and chamber music cellist, conductor and music educator. She is the Director and Conductor of Rose City Youth Orchestras, is on the faculty at Lewis and Clark and Linfield Colleges and is Program Coordinator for the Chamber Music Camp of Portland. She tours the U.S. with the Portland Cello Project and is often heard in solo and chamber music performances in the Portland area.
Diane holds a Master of Music degree from Juilliard. She has published two volumes of student cello music, Cello Champs and the ebook, How to Improve Your Chops Without Playing a Note.
James Harley is a Canadian composer teaching at the University of Guelph. He obtained his doctorate at McGill University after spending six years composing and studying in Europe (London, Paris, Warsaw). His music has been awarded prizes in Canada, USA, UK, France, Austria, Poland, Japan, and has been performed and broadcast around the world. Recordings include: Neue Bilder and ~spin~: Like a ragged flock.
As a researcher, Harley has written extensively on contemporary music. His books include: Xenakis: His Life in Music and Iannis Xenakis: Kraanerg. As a performer, Harley has a background in jazz, and has most recently worked as an interactive computer musician.
Andrew Hosch: A musician and composer who has been experimenting with electroacoustics since the 1970s. Originally from Chicago; Portland resident since 1973; one of the hosts for KBOO Community Radio’s “A Different Nature” and Africa O-Yé; owned and operated the now defunct world music shop Timbuktunes.
Violinist Hae-Jin Kim received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded a Prestigious Performer’s Certificate and the Starling Foundation Award. As a chamber musician, she has performed with the Free Marz String Trio, NW New Music, Artesan String Quartet, Asiana String Quartet, and Pacifica Trio.
Hae-Jin is a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra, and freelances with the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. She has a private teaching studio in NW Portland and is a faculty member of the Chamber Music Camp of Portland.
Born in Rye, New York, Ronni Lacroute grew up in New York, Washington, D.C., and Europe. She enjoyed a career as a professor and high school teacher of French. In 1991, Ronnie bought 420 acres of rolling hills on sedimentary soils in Yamhill, Oregon and planted a vineyard, later building a winery and a wine business called Willakenzie Estate.
Ronni’s true passion is for the performing arts, so she recites poetry around the house and attends both theatre and chamber music concerts several times a week in the Portland area or wherever she might be traveling.
Patrick Jiro Lee studied advertising at the University of Oregon. He believes in the power of art to illuminate, elucidate, and edify. Patrick has been doing the MMM brochures for several years now under the nom de graphique Atelier des Etoiles.
Stephen Lewis is a Portland-based composer, pianist, and conductor whose compositions inhabit the terrain between sound as physical sensation and sound as signifier of culture. Stephen’s opera, Noon at Dusk, was hailed as “delectable,” with a “constantly shifting sonic world [that] proved fascinating and effective.” Upcoming performance engagements include concerts with the Oregon Symphony and Fear No Music’s Young Composers Project. Stephen has also performed throughout the United States and in Italy. Stephen holds a Ph.D. in composition and a DMA in piano from UC-San Diego, and a BMus from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. www.stephenlewiscomposer.com
Flutist Amelia Lukas is the Director of Community Engagement at All Classical Portland, and performs locally with Chamber Music Northwest, Fear No Music, the Astoria Music Festival, 45th Parallel, and Music in the Woods.
As the Founder and Director of Ear Heart Music, Amelia produced over 80 unique multi-media concerts which included over 60 world premieres. Her writing has been published by the Dance USA ejournal, and speaking engagements include both the Chamber Music America and Dance USA conferences, as well as the MATA Festival. She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Robert McBride is concluding a 35-year career in radio this month. For the last 17 years he’s worked at All Classical Portland, where he created Club Mod, a Saturday-night showcase for modern music. That lasted for 10 years, with works by Steve Reich and Gavin Bryars inspiring the most listener complaints. After a failed attempt at becoming a rock star, Robert gave up drumming (mostly) and started composing (occasionally) before realizing his mom was right about going into radio.
Cellist Valdine Ritchie Mishkin performs with the Delphinium Quartet on the All-Classical FM Classical Pub series, and has played in the cello sections of the Oregon Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, and on period instruments with the Mercury Ensemble.
Dr. Mishkin serves as adjunct faculty at Willamette University and teaches at her home studio in West Linn. She coaches chamber music and orchestral repertoire with the Portland Youth Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Youth Symphonies, judges competitions for regional and national organizations, and is a clinician for Chamber Music Camp of Portland. Valdine holds a Doctorate and Masters in Music from Rice University. ValdineMishkin.com
Born in France, Kim Mai Nguyen is a Juilliard-trained violist, music educator, and arts advocate. She is a dynamic and charismatic musician who plays everything from Baroque to contemporary; she also explores music from cultures around the world, and has performed and taught in Afghanistan, Belize, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Iraq, Jamaica, Lebanon, Prague, Vietnam, and the US.
Kim Mai brings her love of education, community activism, and cultural diplomacy to numerous projects worldwide. She has co-directed orchestra workshops in Lebanon and Iraq with American Music Abroad, an organization providing cultural exchanges through the arts. Kim Mai plays with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony.
Hannah Penn, mezzo-soprano, enjoys a diverse career as a performer of opera, oratorio, and recital literature. She has sung more than twenty operatic roles with Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Portland Opera, Tacoma Opera, and other companies. Ms. Penn frequently performs with Portland Opera,
Ms. Penn also enjoys a full concert schedule, having been featured with orchestras around the country, including several appearances with the Oregon Symphony, the Seattle Baroque, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Sunriver Music Festival, and the Florida Philharmonic. Ms. Penn is also a dedicated and passionate teacher, on faculty at Portland State University and Linfield College.
Kate Petak is a freelance solo artist and chamber musician, performing everything from baroque opera to 1980s dark wave. She attended Boston University, the Royal College of Music in London, and Ball State University, where she earned her master’s degree. Outside of music, Kate is a professional civil engineer, and enjoys hiking and kayaking around the Pacific Northwest.
After meeting Willie Mays & playing in sundry LA blues/rock bands as a kid, Bob went on to receive his Ph.D. @ the University of Victoria, where he taught the world’s first college course on the music of Jimi Hendrix. He studied classical guitar with Pepe Romero & composition with Olivier Messiaen, Robert Ward & Witold Lutoslawski (Warsaw as a 2-year Fulbright scholar during Martial Law).
Passionate about the saxophone, The Quadraphonnes are adventurous! These strong, talented ladies break the boundaries of the saxophone quartet with their mighty chops, tantalizing grooves, soaring solos and dynamic vocals. Covering a variety of musical styles from jazz-funk-pop, to avant-garde, gypsy-punk and classical, the Quads put on a great show!
In 2014 they released a second album, Get the Funk Out! It is all original funk and features their booty-shaking rhythm section with guest appearances from guitarist, Jennifer Batten. Mary-Sue Tobin, Chelsea Luker, Mieke Bruggeman, and Michelle Medler are multi-talented, serious, and smokin’ hot musicians who will blow you away!
Cindy Scheel: After twenty years experience in event planning, Cindy created Exuberance Catering to highlight making organic and locally sourced ingredients in beautiful presentations. Committed to the community, a portion of all profits is given to non-profit organizations and arts organizations receive a 25% discount. “I love the arts but I’m a fan, not a performer. My art is food. This is my way of supporting the music I love. I’m a native Portlander, and the food scene in Portland is as vibrant as the arts scene — getting to work at the crossroads between these two is really exciting and fun.”
Tom Stiles is a recording engineer and instructor at Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Northwest’s non-profit audio arts center. He does live sound and video work for the Seattle Center Sound Department. He has recorded hundreds of artists in studio and remote locations around the Pacific Rim as well as in Florence, Italy. Tom’s stage management credits include Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, the Bumbershoot Festival, the Northwest Folklife Festival, Marzena, Seattle Spring and March Music Moderne. He hopes to remember how much fun he’s having tonight.
Jeff Winslow, a fourth-generation Oregonian, seeks the musical heart of natural and psychological landscapes. A late bloomer, his music was rarely heard until Gary Noland brought Seventh Species to Portland and invited him to join in, and David Bernstein asked him to be one of the eight founders of Cascadia Composers. His works have had dozens of performances since then, sometimes with the composer at the piano. composerswatch.proscenia.net/Winslow_Jeff
Linda Woody is a lifelong musician with an eclectic musical career. She enjoys writing accessible music in a variety of styles and forms for chamber groups and other ensembles including middle school band, handbell choir, vocal groups and mixed instrumental ensembles. Her works have been performed by members of the Oregon Chamber Players, Big Horn Brass, the Oregon and Vancouver Symphonies and by the Raphael Spiro string quartet, the Madrone Viola Duo, Marylhurst Chamber Choir and bands at Rosemont Ridge and Athey Creek Middle School.
Linda has degrees in music and composition from Marylhurst University and is board member of Cascadia Composers.
Jennifer Wright is a pianist, teacher, composer, producer, and graphic artist. She holds two degrees in piano performance with studies in London and Germany. Her compositions have been performed at the 29th Annual Contemporary Music Festival in Havana, Cuba (part of the first-ever USA/Cuba composer exchange in 2016), the PDX International Piano Festival, Crazy Jane Composers and Cascadia Composers concerts, and throughout the U.S., England, and Finland. Jennifer has collaborated with artists such as Agnieszka Laska Dancers, filmmaker Takafumi Uehara, aerialist Jordie Campbell, the Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan Orchestra, and Ensemble Interactivo de la Habana. jenniferwrightpianostudio.com & skeletonpiano.com