Collaborators

Crazy Jane concerts feature professional performers from the Portland area and beyond. Their expertise and enthusiasm for new music make Crazy Jane concerts one of the most anticipated shows of the year.

Courtney Allen, dancer

Courtney Allen graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater arts and a minor in Dance. She has studied ballet for most of her life, as well as been involved in musical theater. Most recently she has branched out into the East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop scene here in Portland. Currently […]

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Roberta Badger-Cain, poet

Roberta Badger-Cain has been writing poetry (with some publications) and other writings since her teens.  She has a Master’s degree in English, and had an Oregon Arts Commission grant to work as a Writer in the Community in the late 1970s while living on the Oregon Coast.  During that time, she produced and edited a poetry […]

Janet Bebb, flute

Flutist Janet Bebb grew up playing flute with her family in Oklahoma and has studied flute in Boston, Honolulu and Florence Italy.  She was a music major at the University of the Pacific conservatory and a graduate student in ethnomusicology at Tufts University.  She has studied south Indian flute in India, sax and dance in Turkey, […]

Dan Brugh, street sounds

Performer and composer, Dan Brugh, created an electronic sound component for a piece  by Crazy Jane composer, Jan Mittelstaedt. Dan Brugh is the recipient of the Close Award in 1984 and earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the University of Oregon where he studied piano with Victor Steinhart and composition with Dr. Harold Owen […]

Martha Bryan, soprano

Martha Bryan holds a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in vocal performance from Portland State University.  She has studied vocal jazz with Mary Kadderly, a well-known Portland jazz artist, and classical voice with Richard Zeller, world-renowned baritone and resident of Portland.  She collaborates with jazz guitarist Aaron Summerfield in both Portland and more […]

Diane Chaplin, cellist

Diane Chaplin is co-director and solo cellist with Northwest New Music and a member of the Portland Cello Project. She is also director/conductor of the Oregon Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra, and co-director of the Chamber Music Camp of Portland. In addition to her rich solo and chamber music career, she has a large studio […]

Florian Conzetti, percussion

Florian Conzetti is artistic co-director of Northwest New Music, a Portland-based contemporary chamber music ensemble, has appeared as a chamber music collaborator at the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival (David Finckel and Wu Han, artistic directors), the Astoria Music Festival, Cascadia Composers Concerts, CalPerformances, and Stanford Lively Arts, and has recorded solo and chamber music works […]

Chris Fotinakis, violin

Chris Fotinakis came from Nevada to study violin and voice at the University of Portland, and has been performing and teaching in the region ever since. He has played with the Vancouver, Newport, and Oregon East Symphonies and currently serves as concertmaster of the Portland Ensign Orchestra. As a singer, has sung with the Portland Vocal Consort, Portland […]

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Michelle Fujii, dancer

Michelle Fujii creates contemporary work as a 4th generation Japanese-American through the art form of taiko, Japanese drums, and Japanese folk dance placing “traditional” ethnic art within the present – not as a preservation – but as an active force that can continue to inspire and evolve.  Her work has been performed and celebrated by […]

Gail Gillespie, flute

Gail Gillespie moved to Portland in 2009, shortly after retiring as Principal Flute of the U.S. Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” in Washington, D.C. During her 30-year tenure there, she served 26 years as Principal Flute and was often featured as a soloist with both the band and White House chamber orchestra. Born in Hawaii, […]

Hannah Hillebrand, cello

After eight years of working as an ICU nurse, Hannah Hillebrand decided to pursue her passion and completed her Master’s degree in cello performance with Hamilton Cheifetz  at Portland State University. She continues to work part-time as a nurse while enjoying a busy freelancing schedule as a musician. In addition to private teaching, she enjoys […]

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Darlene Jost Babin, piano

Darlene Jost Babin began playing the organ with Mrs. Pliny Clark at the age of five, requiring a special adaptor in order to reach the pedals. She has played piano since her early teens, studying with Karleen Huddleston. Ms. Jost Babin was church organist at Barbers Point, Hawaii, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. She was choir organist […]

Suzy Kitman, artist

After receiving my BA from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, I moved to New York City. There I furthered my studies in art. While I worked as a patina artist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and in various commercial art related jobs, I began to study figure drawing at the New York Academy of […]

Lavinia Magliocco, dancer

Lavinia Magliocco has devoted her life to exploring expression and possibility in the human form, first as a classical ballet dancer, later through Pilates, Yoga, QiGong, Tai Qi, Alexander technique, Feldenkreis, Psychophysical Therapy, and more. After dancing for six years at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, she moved to Portland in 1998 and […]

Marilyn Maricle, artist

Music, dance and symbolic images from many cultures have influenced my paintings and prints. I invite the viewer into a space of light, color and energy where I try to speak about the human experience. 1964: Graduated Sacred heart School of Nursing 1983: Graduated Pacific Northwest College of Art, BFA in Printmaking 1984-2012: Member, Print […]

Megan Mattoon, mezzo-soprano

Megan Mattoon has been singing on stage since the age of three and received a Master’s in Music Performance from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has sung with the Portland Opera, Opera Colorado, Mock’s Crest productions, the Oregon Repertory Singers, Astoria Music Festival, and […]

Bonnie Meltzer, artist

Portland artist Bonnie Meltzer makes very mixed media figurative and abstract sculptures which transform everyday objects, crocheted wire, digital photographs and painted wood into layers of tactile surfaces filled with personal reflection, social commentary and humor. Over the years she has had many one-person exhibitions and been in many group shows locally and across the […]

Vakarė Petroliūnaitė

Praised by her critics for her “wonderful sensitivity” and “sparkling tone,” Vakarė Petroliūnaitė is an extraordinary talent living and performing in the Pacific Northwest. Her clear, engaging voice and intelligent artistry bring vibrant interpretations to any stage.   Vakarė has distinguished herself on concert stages throughout the United States, appearing as concert soloist with Westminster’s Art […]

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Sherill Roberts, cellist and poet

Sherill Roberts is principal cellist of the Portland Opera orchestra and cello teacher at Linfield College. She has Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Cello Performance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before happily settling in Oregon thirty years ago, she lived on the East Coast and had an international performing career in Europe. Her most fun job so […]

Andy Sharma, clarinet

Andy Sharma is a graduate of Portland State University, where he was a Jeanine B. Cowles scholar and clarinet performance student of Dr. Barbara Heilmair, as well as the principal clarinetist of PSU Wind Symphony. He also played principal in Metropolitan Youth Symphony and toured Europe with the Oregon Ambassadors of Music, where he was […]

Dustin Silva, guitar

Dustin Silva started playing the guitar at the age of seven. He is a composer, singer-songwriter, and poet. As a teenager, he studied at Musicians Institute and won a summer scholarship to the Berkley College of Music. He has also studied North Indian classical music at the Ali Akbar Khan college. At present, he is […]

Susan Strauss, actress

Susan Strauss is internationally recognized as a storyteller, keynoter, and for her signature Passionate Fact Workshops: Storytelling Science. Performances include: Smithsonian Natural History Museum, National Park Service, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh, National Geographic Society, National Gallery of Art, and the Oregon Symphony. She is the author of four books including: Coyote Stories […]

Claire Sykes, poet

Claire Sykes of Portland has been writing poems since she was ten years old. Her work appears in a few literary journals; and in her chapbooks, The Listening Bell and Blind Light. The “Poetry in Motion” project she created in Bellingham, Washington in the early 80s was the first to put poetry on its city […]

Ann van Bever, oboe

Ann van Beaver plays oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn in the Bach Cantata Choir Orchestra, the Portland Columbia Symphony, the Oregon East Symphony (Pendleton), and two chamber music groups, The Mousai and the Double Reed Divas. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in music (oboe performance) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and a […]

Jane VanBoskirk, narrator

Jane VanBoskirk has been an actress since graduating from college with a degree in theater.  She performed in theater companies in Charlottesville and Roanoke, Virginia, before moving to Oregon in 1972.  Jane founded and performed with the Oregon Repertory Theater in Eugene for many years.  In 1980, Jane commissioned an historian and a playwright to […]

Jennifer Wright, piano

Jennifer Wright holds two degrees in classical piano performance (BM, Hartt School of Music, Connecticut; MM, Trinity College of Music, London, England) and studied for two years at the Stuttgart Music Conservatory in Germany. Further studies and obsessions include the harpsichord, toy piano, jazz, piano pedagogy, theater, voice, composition, history and art. These combine with her passion […]

Jeongmi Yoon

Jeong-Mi Yoon, piano

A native of South Korea, Jeongmi Yoon has performed as a soloist with the Chonnam University Orchestra and the Poland Katowice Sileasian Philharmonic Orchestra. She has received top prizes in many competitions in Korea, including those bestowed by the Kumho Junior Concert, the Music Teachers Association of Gwangju, the Honam Art Festival, the Gwangju University […]

Zayra Yves, poet

Zayra Yves’ creative writing is published in numerous print journals, anthologies, on-line e-zines and magazines: The Zimbabwe Situation, Panhandler Quarterly, Voices for Africa, Eyes of the Poet, Kreativ, Reflections IIT Madras (India), Edge Life Magazine, Poetry Life & Times, Astropoetica, Alehouse Press, 34th Parallel, Feeling is First, Memoir (and), Aquillrelle and The Enchanting Verses International Journal.

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