Dr. Laura Beer was recognized by her peers with the 2015 Professional Practice Award from the Western Region American Association of Music Therapy.
Dr. Michael Porter
Director of Choral Activities, Boise State University
Full Choir, World Music Choir, Introduction to Conducting
Dr. C. Michael Porter is the Director of Choral Activities at Boise State University.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Porter held choral conducting positions at Brevard
College in North Carolina, and Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. His ensembles
have performed throughout the Southeast, Northwest, and have traveled overseas to
many central European countries. In addition to choral conducting, Dr. Porter also
has extensive experience conducting operatic and musical theater works: including
Gianni Schicchi, Trouble in Tahiti, Così fan tutte, L'elisir d'amore, Rigoletto, The
Merry Widow, Into the Woods and A Little Night Music.
Dr. Porter received his DMA in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from The University of Iowa, under the tutelage of Dr. Timothy Stalter, and his Bachelors and Masters Degree from Truman State University, where he studied with Dr. R. Paul Crabb. Dr. Porter received further conducting training at the 2009 Oregon Bach Festival Conducting Master Class with Helmut Rilling. As a singer, Dr. Porter regularly performs with the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop Chorus: where he has sung under many prominent conductors including Robert Spano, Helmut Rilling, Charles Dutoit, and Peter Schreier.
Director of Choirs, Clark College (Vancouver, WA)
Full Choir, Vocal Techniques
April Brookins Duvic has been a member of the Clark College music faculty since 1990. She is director of the Concert Choir, Women's Choral Ensemble, the Clark College Chorale, and teaches Applied Voice and Music Education courses. She is a two-time recipient of the Exceptional Faculty Award, Clark College's award for academic excellence. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Whitman College and a Master's of Science in Teaching from Portland State University. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Ms. Duvic is a frequent adjudicator and clinician for both choral and solo vocal competitions and master classes. She has performed with Oregon and Seattle Symphonies as a member of the Leyden Singers as well as singing solo works with the Clark College Orchestra. Ms. Duvic performs annually with Chor Anno, a group comprised of choral directors and singers from Washington, Oregon, and Wyoming.
Dr. Justin Smith
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.
Show Choir, Full Choir Accompanist
Angela Hughey is a Marylhurst University graduate in piano performance. She is the founder and director of Elevation Youth Ensemble, a non profit theater group for kids based in Wilsonville now in its 4th year. Elevation performs two of Angela's original musicals or adaptations each year on stages throughout the Portland area. The upcoming staging of Pirates of Penzance for kids is a direct result of being inspired by the fabulous Gilbert and Sullivan opera series now approaching its third year at Marylhurst. Angela lives in Oregon City with her husband, and two budding musical geniuses Lettie (2 1/2) and Monty (1). This is Angela's third year of directing and accompanying at the fabulously fun Marylhurst Summer Camp.
Polly Hancock 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.
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 4 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. 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 4 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.
Clackamas Community College
A dedicated and passionate musician, Kathleen has been immersed in music since her childhood. Her unique path has allowed her to work and study with musical giants such as Phil Mattson, Fareed Haque, Michele Weir, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Terence Blanchard, Gary Lindsay, Martin Bejerano and Rhiannon. She has recently accepted the Choral/Vocal Director position at Clackamas Community College and will be leading the award-winning vocal ensemble, Mainstream.
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.