Gary Bloxom of MetroScope interviewed music faculty Emily Ross and Justin Smith about Marylhurst's summer camps.
Dr. Scott Tuomi
Director of Choral Activities, Pacific University
Full Choir, Vocal Techniques, World Music Ensemble
Scott Tuomi, tenor and conductor
Scott Tuomi has performed to critical acclaim both nationally and internationally as a tenor soloist and choral conductor. Known throughout the Pacific Northwest for his performances in opera, oratorio and in recital, he has been a features tenor soloist with the Oregon Symphony, the Prague Sinfonietta, Vancouver Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, The Oregon Chorale, Mock’s Crest Theater, Portland Opera Players, Juniper Opera, Eugene Opera, Portland Symphonic Choir, Oregon Repertory Singers, Willamette Masterworks Chorale, Festival Chorale Oregon, and many others. In addition, he has been a guest artist at the Oregon Bach Festival and Peter Britt Music Festivals as well as with the Tucson Masterworks Chorale, the Montana Chorale, The Austin (Texas) Civic Chorale, the Pacific Northwest Chamber Chorus and the Third Angle New Music Ensemble.
Dr. Tuomi has conducted the Pacific University Chamber Singers in concerts throughout the United States and also internationally, recently completing a tour to Taiwan in January of 2015. The Chamber Singers have also appeared at various music festivals and conventions and most recently at the memorial service for Oregon governor Victor Atiyeh. He is an established vocal teacher and is in constant demand as a clinician, educator and adjudicator for both solo vocal and choral music throughout the northwest. He is currently Music Department Chair, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities and Professor of music at Pacific University. He is also director of the young men’s ensemble, Tsunami, which is part of the Pacific Youth Choir group of choirs. He maintains a private vocal studio in Portland and also directs the Balladeers at the Multnomah Athletic Club. He holds a Doctorate in Vocal Performance and musicology from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Justin Smith
Director of Choral Activities, Marylhurst University
Full Choir, Musical Theater Ensemble, Intro to Conducting
Justin Smith is Director of Choral Activities at Marylhurst University, where he conducts the Marylhurst Chorale and the Marylhurst Choral Union, and teaches courses in music history, aural skills and vocal technique. Before taking up his present position, he served as visiting assistant professor at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, where he conducted the Concert Women's Chorus and the University Men's Chorus. Prior to that, he served as director of music at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston, where he conducted and supervised four ensembles, including the well-regarded St. Philip Choir, and oversaw a thriving music program. In the summer of 2010, he founded the Houston Cecilia Chamber Choir, a select ensemble of 38 accomplished singers already garnering acclaim for its excellence. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in April 2012, conducting the Fauré Requiem for MidAmerica Productions.
He holds the DMA in Choral Conducting from the Moores School of Music. He is a noted
scholar of American choral music of the 20th century, having been published twice
in Choral Journal on neglected choral works of Marc Blitzstein and Vincent Persichetti. Smith
is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the Oregon Music Educators
Association. He serves as collegiate chair on the board of the Oregon ACDA chapter.
Recognized by the American Guild of Organists as a “Rising Star,” Jeff made his symphonic concert debut in 2004, playing harmonium with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand (No. 8) conducted by James Levine. Other performance highlights include concert tours to Rome, Prague and Vienna with the Boston College Chorale; participating in “A City Sings at Christmas” at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC; and solo recitals throughout the Eastern United States, and at Trinity Cathedral in Portland. Jeff holds music degrees from the College of the Holy Cross, where he was Organ Scholar for the Class of 2006, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied organ, harpsichord and clavichord. Honors include First Prize at the Augustana Arts National Undergraduate Organ Competition and the AGO/Quimby Region I Young Artists Competition. Jeff currently serves as organist for Lake Grove Presbyterian Church and accompanist for Marylhurst Chamber Choir.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Techniques
A dedicated and passionate musician, educator and choral director, Kathleen has been immersed in music since her childhood. She has traveled across the country accumulating degrees while performing in original music/jazz ensembles and directing various choirs. Her strength lies in teaching student ensembles life and music lessons on the journey to inspired, unique and uplifting performances.
Her distinctive path has allowed her to work with musical giants such as Phil Mattson, Fareed Haque, Michele Weir, John Medeski, Billy Martin and Rhiannon. She is currently finishing her doctoral work at the University of Miami. She has studied with pianist Martin Bejerano, vocalists Dr. Lisanne Lyons and Nicole Yarling, and composers Terence Blanchard and Gary Lindsay. She is a Downbeat award winner for her vocal jazz arrangements and a Hal Leonard Scholarship recipient. Kathleen’s intentions are to continue teaching, performing and serving humanity through music.
Voice Lessons, Vocal Masterclasses
Jenna Preston is a graduate of Marylhurst University with her Bachelors of Music in Performance and Voice Pedagogy. She has been teaching voice and piano in the Portland area for the past four years, as well as performing with various groups both as a vocalist and accompanist. Jenna is a member of the Marylhurst Choral Union and Chamber Choir, and acts as soprano section leader for both groups.
Voice Lessons, Vocal Masterclasses, Opera Workshop
Pollyanna Hancock-Moody is a member of Vivace Voices and Fireside Carolers, as well as a former member of the Oregon Repertory Singers. She has performed in solo recitals in the western United States and Canada, and is a former director of several church choirs. Polly became a Certified Andover Educator in 2002, joining a network of teachers working to save, secure and enhance musical careers with accurate information about the body in movement.
Introduction to Music Therapy
Lillieth Grand, MS, MT-BC owns Milestone Music Therapy and has been a music therapist since 1993 specializing in working with children who have neurological impairment, traumatic brain injury, autism, developmental disabilities, and chronic health conditions. She is passionate about the field and holds several regional and national positions with AMTA and WRAMTA. She also trains music therapists to do Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth and is adjunct faculty at Marylhurst University. As well-known speaker on music therapy, she has been keynote speaker at the Utah Brain Injury Association and presents at nearly every music therapy conference. Lillieth has been trained in neurologic music therapy, NICU music therapy, Sprouting Melodies, Music Together, level 1 of the Bonny Method of Music and Imagery, Sensory Integration and more. Her master’s degree is in special education. She has a vision of seeing that all persons in Oregon who could benefit from music therapy have access to and use of a music therapist. Lillieth is the single mother of three boys, ages 15, 13, and 4. Her middle child being severely neurologically impaired makes her appreciate them all the more. Her major instrument is voice.