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 events of the year.

Reina Abolofia

Reina Abolofia, clarinet

Reina Abolofia is a clarinetist whose performance and teaching have enriched her home community of Portland, Oregon. In 2008, she was presented with the Portland State University President’s Award for Outstanding Community Engagement. This award, the highest offered by the University President, reflected Reina’s volunteer work at public schools, recitals at local nursing homes, and […]

Courtney Allen

Courtney Allen, dance

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 […]

Darlene Jost Babin, piano

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 […]


Roberta Badger-Cain, poetry

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

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, […]

Tyler Bragg

Tyler Cameron Bragg, percussion

Tyler Cameron Bragg began his musical career at the age of 12 by taking guitar lessons. He then gravitated toward percussion and eventually moved to Portland to study at Portland State University under Dr. Joel Bluestone. Graduating in 2010 with a BM in percussion performance, Tyler was awarded a graduate teaching assistantship at Central Michigan […]

Dan Brugh

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 […]

Deborah Buchanan

Deborah Buchanan, poet

Deborah Buchanan is a writer and teacher in Portland, Oregon. Crazy Jane Misbehaves, 2013 Distillation

Martha Bryan, soprano

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, cello

Diane Chaplin, cello

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 […]


Andrew Chavez-Cline, clarinet

Canadian clarinetist, Andrew Chavez-Kline, is excited to return to his alma mater to premiere “The Way Through.” New music is a passion of his, premiering works at Vancouver, BC’s Sonic Boom Festival, and for Portland-based composer Lisa Ann Marsh. Recent performances include principal clarinet for Lehár’s “Die lustige Witwe,” with the Vancouver Academy of Music, […]


Emily Cole, violin

A native of Seattle, Emily Cole has been a member of the Oregon Symphony since 2011. She has performed with the Dallas and Seattle symphonies, as well as numerous regional orchestras through the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She has held concertmaster and principal positions at the 2005 and 2007 National Orchestral Institute and at the 2006 […]

Florian Conzetti, percussion

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 […]


Jeffrey Evans, vocalist

Jeffrey Evans is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist currently living in Portland Oregon. Jeff teaches and performs regularly in town. Projects past and present include, Filmusik, Big Haunt, A Rose City Collective, and The Portland State Chamber Choir. Collaborators include, Ara Lee, Carmen Everingham, Celeste Amadee, Christopher Riedl, Emyli Poltorak, Lisa Lipton, Richie Greene, and many […]

Chris Fotinakis, violin

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 […]

Michelle Fujii, dancer

Michelle Fujii, dance

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 […]

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Erin Furbee, violin

Erin Furbee has been Oregon Symphony’s Assistant Concertmaster since 2001. She was a member of the Colorado Symphony for eight years, and the Milwaukie Symphony for a season. She has performed often in Portland with Fear No Music and Conjuncto Berritin. Out of her passion for tango, she created the performing group, Tango pacific, and […]


Will Gibbs, bass

Will Gibbs began playing the bass at age 14 with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Through high school, he studied with Glen Moore, bassist for the Grammy-nominated jazz group, Oregon. After arriving at Portland State University, Will began studying the Orchestra Bass with Jeffrey Johnson, assistant principal of the Oregon Symphony. […]

Gail Gillespie, flute

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, […]

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Harold Gray, piano

Harold Gray is the former pianist with the Florestan Trio, artists-in-residence at Portland State University, and Professor of Music there until his retirement in 2006. He is artistic director of Portland Piano International and the Portland International Piano Festival and has performed on numerous recordings. Crazy Jane, 2011 Crazy Jane

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Paloma Griffin, violin

Paloma Griffin, violinist and FearNoMusic Artistic Director, has appeared internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Her concerto appearances include performances with the Oregon Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, and the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra.  A former touring member of the internationally acclaimed ensemble Pink Martini, Ms. Griffin appeared with the group on “Late Night with David […]

Nicole Leupp Hanig

Nicole Leupp Hanig, soprano

Soprano, Nicole Leupp Hanig, has appeared as a soloist with the Jussi Björling Festival in Sweden, the Maggio Musicale Festival in Italy, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. She has performed a solo recital at St. Martin’s in the Field in London, Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder at Durham Cathedral in Durham, England and was […]

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Jen Harrison, horn

As the daughter of an opera singer and a music store owner, it only followed that Jennifer Harrison would grow up to be a musician. Choosing the instrument which she felt possessed the most gorgeous tone, she began a life as a French horn player at the age of 11. As a teen, she had […]


Barbara Heilmar, clarinet

Clarinetist, Barbara Heilmar, maintains an international career as performer of chamber music, orchestral music, and solo works. She is currently Assistant Professor of Clarinet & Music History at Portland State University, holding diplomas in clarinet performance and in instrumental pedagogy from the Salzburg “Mozarteum” University, along with MM and DMA degrees from UCLA. A native […]

Hannah Hillebrand

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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Mitch Iimori, English horn

Mitch Iimori, the Ultimate Multi-Instrumentalist! I am a graduate of the famed Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, in oboe performance, but teach and perform all the woodwind instruments as well as guitar, banjo (5st, 4st), mandolin, and anything else. Check me and my music out here. Crazy Jane Collaborates, 2012 Seasons Suite

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Marya Kazmierski, violin

Marya Kazmierski, violinist, currently plays with the Portland Columbia Symphony, a position she has held since 2000. She also plays regularly with the Portland Opera. Marya has performed with the Fresno Philharmonic and the Monterey Symphony, as well. She has toured with orchestras, traveling across the US and Europe, playing operas in Germany, Austria, and […]


Ian Kerr, percussion

Ian Kerr holds a Bachlor’s of Music from the University of South Florida, where he studied with Robert McCormick, and a Master’s of Music from Portland State University, where he was a graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Joel Bluestone. The St. Petersburg Times has commented that Ian “shines [and is an] energetic performer on percussion.” […]

Suzy Kitman, artist

Suzy Kitman, art

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 […]

Joel Kleinbaum

Joel Kleinbaum, bassoon

Bassoonist Joel Kleinbaum has played professionally with the Des Moines Metro Opera. He received his Bachelor of Music from Boston University, where he studied with legendary bassoonists Matthew Ruggiero and Sherman Walt. In the Portland area, he has performed with Classical Revolution PDX, Alternate Destination — a unique “world-chamber-jazz trio,” the Harrison Hill Chamber Players, […]

Tatiana Kolchanova

Tatiana Kolchanova, violin

Tatiana Kolchanova holds a PhD from Moscow, Russia Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She worked as a violinist for the Russia Radio and Television Orchestra for eight years and was first violin for the Glinka State (Russia) Quartet for ten years. Tatiana taught at the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow Conservatory’s Academic Music College, Central Music School and ‘New Names’ […]


Julian Kosanovic, cello

Cellist Julian Kosanovic knew that playing classical cello wasn’t the only thing she wanted to do. She composed and improvised as early as age 11, taught herself piano at age 12, and adopted the accordion and viola some time after that. Before attending Portland State University, Julian played with the Corvallis Youth Symphony from 2005-2009 […]

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Catherine Lee, English horn

Dr. Catherine Lee has performed extensively on oboe and English horn as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has performed with many orchestras, including the Oregon Symphony, les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and l’orchestre symphonique de Longueuil. Other highlights include reeds, a site-specific work based in bird song (Sound Symposium, 2010) and presenting lecture-recitals at […]

Benjamin Leinfelder

Benjamin Leinfelder, flute

Benjamin Leinfelder, flutist, is originally from Florida, and much of his formal musical training and experience was during his tenure with the South Florida Youth Symphony, where he served as principal flutist and also performed as concerto soloist. In more recent years, he has studied with professor Jill Felber as a continuing student in her […]

Lavinia Magliocco, dancer

Lavinia Magliocco, dance

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

Marilyn Maricle, art

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, 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 […]

Susan McDaniel

Susan McDaniel, piano

Susan McDaniel has appeared widely as soloist and chamber musician, including recitals in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. She received a BA in music from Linfield College, where she studied with Jill Timmons, and a MM in vocal accompanying from Manhattan School of Music, where she was a student of Warren Jones. Susan […]

Bonnie Meltzer, artist

Bonnie Meltzer, art

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 […]

Jackie Miclau

Jackie Miclau, piano

Jackie Miclau is a Portland-based pianist who currently serves as the coordinator and pianist for Resurrection Lutheran Church. In 2007, Jackie discovered her passion of teaching music thus creating a home studio where she continues to teach private piano lessons. In 2013, she received her Bachelors of Music in Performance from Portland State University. Jackie […]

Vakare Petroliunaite, soprano

Vakarė Petroliūnaitė, soprano

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 […]


Rosemary Roberts, folk harp

Rosemary Roberts, folk harp, is a graduate of Willamette University with a Master of Science in Anthropology from the University of Montreal, Canada. Growing up in McMinnville she studied a variety of instruments, transferring her musical interest to folk harp as an adult. Presently she lives in the hills outside of Willamina and is training […]

Sherill Roberts, cello

Sherill Roberts, poetry

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, 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 […]

Grace Shimer

Grace Shimer, typewriter

Grace Shimer earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Portland State University. While she loves the piano, she is equally passionate about connecting with people. Grace wants to bring music from the practice room to the people, sharing piano music of all genres in a way that bridges generations, builds community, and benefits […]

Dustin Silva, guitar

Dustin Silva, electric 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 […]

Jeffrey Snyder

Jeffrey Snyder, trumpet

Jeffrey Snyder is currently a member of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Trumpet Instructor at Clark College. He has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Portland Opera, and the Oregon Ballet Theatre. A versatile performer, Jeff has played for the late Ray Charles, The Temptations, Kenny Rogers, Chicago, Cheap […]

Susan Strauss, actress

Susan Strauss, acting

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, poetry

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 […]


Connie Titterington, piano

Connie Titterington is a member of the Adjunct Piano Faculty of Portland State University where she teaches Pedagogy, Class Piano and Applied Piano. Her brain-based teaching strategy is the foundation for an innovative approach to pedagogy, piano study and performance. Connie is an active piano teacher, chamber musician and accompanist for various groups in the […]

Ann van Bever, oboe

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, 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 […]

John Walling

John Walling, tuba

Born in North Hollywood California, John Walling began his musical studies at a young age and played through a number of the musical instrument families. First a little violin at Grandma’s, then some piano with Dad, several months of trombone, and flute for a few years. Finally settling on low brass instruments in high school, […]

John Warton

John Warton, trombone

John Warton is an active freelance musician in the Portland Metro area. He plays second trombone with the Portland Columbia Symphony, and substitutes in the Newport Symphony and other brass ensembles around town, as well as occasional appearing with the Portland Festival Orchestra, the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Vancouver Symphony, and the Portland Opera Orchestra. […]


Jayde Weide, flute

Jayde Weide is currently a junior at Portland State University working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance, studying with Dr. Sydney Carlson. Last year, she was principal flute of the PSU Symphony and the New Music Ensemble, and she played piccolo in the PSU Wind Symphony. She is also the President of PSU’s Instrumental […]

Elizabeth Winship

Elizabeth Winship, mezzo-soprano

Elizabeth Winship was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and has studied music since she was a child. After first learning to read music with the help of some violin lessons, she later moved onto voice and began to study solo singing at 15. Elizabeth had her first operatic performance at age 17 as […]


Marissa Winship, viola

Marissa Winship is a violist, contemporary music enthusiast, and lover of chamber music. Performing has taken her to summer festivals across the United States, Europe, and Korea. At the Grand Teton Music Festival, Marissa performed outreach quartet concerts in Grand Teton National Park, and as a member of Da Camera of Houston’s Young Artists Program, […]

Jennifer Wright, piano

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, piano

Jeongmi 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, poetry

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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