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 she is involved in a 1920’s dance group called, The Portland Rhythm Shakers. She is overjoyed to be collaborating with many wonderful artists and thanks both her parents and many dance teachers for all their guidance and constant joy.
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 and art calendar for four years with sales in four rural Oregon counties. She was also a Writer in the Schools guiding students to produce a Literary Magazine, and a Creative Writing teacher for adults. After moving to Portland in the early 1980s, her career as a researcher – grant writer – evaluator for Education predominated, first working for an education consulting firm and then ending her career doing the same kind of work as a private entrepreneur. She is a producing poet and writer in retirement as well as a nearly full-time volunteer for her church and other predominantly faith-based organizations.
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, and recorders in Italy.
For the past 15 years she has been a dedicated chamber music player and has performed in the Portland area. She is a founding member of The Mousai Trio.
Dan Brugh, street sounds
Performer and composer, Dan Brugh, created an electronic sound component for a piece on our concert 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 and Dr. Derek Healey. After earning his degree, Dan continued to study composition with Dr. Walter Saul. Currently he teaches piano and music composition in Beaverton, Oregon.
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 recently at the University of Denver in Colorado.
In addition to her degree in vocal performance, Martha began studying piano at the age of six and continued her training through studies at PSU. She also began dancing at a young age, training at the Eugene School of Ballet, The Community Ballet of Madrid with Victor Ullate in Madrid, Spain, Long Beach Ballet in Long Beach, California, and has performed with the Eugene Ballet Company. She currently teaches dance in SE Portland.
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 of private cello students.
Before moving to Portland in 2009, Diane spent 21 years as cellist of the Colorado Quartet, the first all-female string quartet to perform the complete Beethoven Quartet cycle in both North America and Europe, and she has concertized in more than 20 countries. Diane has taught at Yale University, Bard College Conservatory and Oberlin College-Conservatory, among others, and has given master classes at major music schools throughout the U.S and in The Netherlands, Mexico, Bosnia and Russia. Diane holds a Bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.
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 for the Innova, Albany, and Music@Menlo LIVE labels. He is the timpanist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Conzetti was formerly on the faculty of the UC Berkeley and currently teaches percussion, musicology, ethnomusicology and music theory at Portland State University and Linfield College. He studied at the Konservatorium Musik in Bern, Switzerland, the Eastman School of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a student of musicologist John Spitzer and marimbist Robert van Sice.
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 Symphonic Choir, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra and Chorus. Chris teaches music theory and choir at Trinity Academy in North Portland and recently began a wonderful position with Bravo Youth Orchestras as a teaching artist. In his spare time he plays copious amounts of soccer, writes music, and spends time with his amazing four-year-old daughter, Sabrina.
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 taiko groups within Japan and the United States.
Known for her innovative fusion of taiko and Japanese folk dance, she started her taiko training as a performing member of San Jose Taiko. After graduating with a degree in Ethnomusicology at UCLA, Fujii rejoined San Jose Taiko as artistic staff. In 2001 she was awarded the prestigious Bunka-cho fellowship from the Japanese government to study with Japan’s foremost traditional folk dance troupe, Warabiza, where she studied under the tutelage of master dancer/choreographer Shohei Kikuchi. Fujii has played with numerous groups including TAIKOPROJECT, On Ensemble, Shasta Taiko, and was a member of the North American Taiko Conference Advisory Board. She is currently the Artistic Director of Portland Taiko.
Gail Gillespie, flute
Flutist 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, Gail received her Bachelor of Music in Performance, with honors, from the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her primary flute instructors include Jean Harling, Paula Robison, James Pappoutsakis, Toshiko Kohno, and Britton Johnson.
Since “retiring” to Portland, Gail has been an active free-lance musician, subbing with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera Orchestra, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and other groups in the area. A member of the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Gail also teaches flute lessons in a studio in NE Portland. The kindness and beauty of Oregon bring her great joy.
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 working with the adult cello classes at the Community Music Center in Portland and is excited to be joining the adjunct faculty at Portland State University. She is also regular member of the Vancouver Symphony.
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 at St Charles Church in Arlington, Virginia, and organist and choir director at St. Peter’s parish in Newberg, Oregon. Ms. Jost Babin is a mental health provider and resides in Newberg.
After receiving my B.A. 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 Art. My study of realism led me to the National Academy of Design, School of Fine Arts, where I began to use oils. A merit scholarship from the Art Students League enabled me to continue to study for one year. After 13 years in New York, I headed west, and received my MFA in Painting from the University of Montana in 1997. My fruit, portrait, landscape, and still life series have been shown in invitational shows and gallery settings across the country, and have received numerous awards. My work has appeared on the cover of the book, “The Baby Can Sing,” by Judith Slater, and the periodicals ArtCalendar Magazine and Menninger Perspective. I have also had editorial illustrations published in Menninger Perspective, Calyx and Cutbank. Generous residency fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, New York Mills Art Retreat, and Blue Mountain Center have greatly aided in the development of my painting.
My landscape paintings are represented by the Freed Gallery in Lincoln City, Oregon. Currently, my work may also be seen at the Cerulean Skies Tasting Room in Hood River, Oregon. Commissions are encouraged, and giclees on canvas and paper are available of all images. My studio in Portland is open by appointment to visitors and for private tutoring. A list of classes I teach is available upon request. Visit her online: www.suzykitman.com; facebook.com/suzykitman; twitter@suzypaints
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 never looked back. In Portland she first taught ballet at Oregon Ballet Theater and Pilates at Nike. Currently she teaches and choreographs for Portland Festival Ballet. Her Pilates studio, Equipoise ~ enlightened exercise, is her laboratory and playground.
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 Arts Northwest
Web site: www.marilynmaricle.com
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 Interlochen. She is currently pursuing a career in law enforcement and is thrilled to be singing in the Crazy Jane concert series!
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 country. For 10 years she opened her studio to the public during Portland Open Studios. Her crocheted works and found object sculpture have appeared in many publications and books — Oregon Home, The Oregonian, American Style, Alaska Airlines Magazine, and Crocheted Wire Jewelry, to name just a few. Articles featuring her art made from computer parts appeared in Macworld and the Wall Street Journal.
This project is an opportunity to visually show the girlhood dreams and influences that shape the woman to be by using a variety of materials and layers of images. See her work on www.bonniemeltzer.com.
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 Song Festival, Princeton Sinfonia and Jazz Ensemble, The Princeton Musical Amateur Society, Resonance Ensemble, The Portland Vocal Consort, The Bach Cantata Choir, and Oregon Repertory Singers, among others.She is especially proud to be a founding member of the brother-sister folk duo, Amber Coast. Vakarė’s past performances include the U.S. premiere of Erkis Essenvalds’ Passion and Resurrection as soprano soloist with Oregon Repertory Singers, as well as a performance of JS Bach’s Wedding Cantata (BWV 202) for soprano soloist. Other roles include Soeur Alice (Dialogues des Carmelites), Fiametta (The Gondoliers), Papagena(Die Zauberflote), and several appearances with Opera Theater Oregon.
A native of Chicago, IL, Vakarė holds her Master’s degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Vakarė currently studies in the vocal studio of Nancy Olson-Chatalas. Vakarė lives today in Portland, OR with her beloved, David, who she married with both of her bare feet on the Oregon Coast just one year ago.
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 far has been as the original cellist for the musical, “Annie.” Her most satisfying achievement has been the release of her CD, “Mello Cello,” on which her daughter, Amelia Bierly, also performs. Visit her web site at www.mello-cello.com.
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 the principal clarinetist in the band, performing in U.K., France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and Germany. He won the 2009 District 15 OSAA Solo contests in both clarinet and voice. He has been presented with the “Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence” by the U.S. Marines Youth Foundation and received awards from the Westview High School for “Most Outstanding and Inspirational Musician.”
Andy has played the clarinet for eleven years. As a winner of the Young Artist Competition, he performed Carl Maria Von Weber’s “Concertino” for Clarinet with the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra in May 2011, and also was a winner of the Chamber Music Society of Oregon’s Concerto Competition, and performed the Weber Concerto No. 1 with the Oregon Sinfonietta Orchestra in 2012. He has also been a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, and played with the Pacific Crest Wind Symphony. He has performed with the PSU Clarinet Ensemble, Madrigal Choir, and Symphony Orchestra.
Dustin Silva, guitar
Dustin Silva started playing the guitar at the age of 7. 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 recording a musical project inspired by visual artists: painters such as Basquiat, Van Gogh, Martin Ramirez, and Hundertwasser. This music is highly textural and obsessed with rhythm. Most of all of his work is created through the guitar, whether it is playing with various objects, using tempering, or contact mics. He is always inventing new sounds.
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 For Children,” “Wolf Stories: Myths & True Life Tales,” “When Woman Became the Sea: A Costa Rican Creation Myth,” and “The Passionate Fact: Storytelling in Natural History and Cultural Interpretation,” as well as six recordings and original narratives for museum exhibits and a National Forest Service restoration project. She also teaches Eurhythmy movement at Cedarwood Waldorf School in Portland.
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 buses, and those in Tacoma then included one of her poems; and for three years she was Associate Editor of the nationally esteemed Poetry Northwest magazine. She’s done dozens of public readings, including those as part of Seattle’s Red Sky Poetry Theater, and Portland’s annual William Stafford Celebration and March Music Moderne. Most recently, a rock-music/Native American dance production by Steven Alvarez in Alaska features her lengthy poetic narrative; and she is at work on a third chapbook. Since 1990, Claire has been a freelance writer of articles covering the arts, health/wellness and other topics, mostly for national magazines.
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 law degree from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, WI. After practicing law in Florida, Texas, California and Oregon for seventeen years, she returned to music as a full-time vocation in 2000. She currently administers the Celebration Works concert series at First Presbyterian Church of Portland, maintains a studio of private oboe students and is an active freelance musician all around Oregon and southwest Washington. She lives in downtown Portland with her husband Peter.
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 compose a number of monologues of pioneer women who came to our state on the Oregon Trail. Jane performed that play, Northwest Women, in theaters, schools, and community halls throughout the Pacific Northwest and along the route of the Oregon Trail. Jane later toured one-woman shows about immigrant women, Appalachian women, women in the labor movement, and missionary women. Her recent shows have been Across a Barrier of Fear, a play on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, and Abigail and Others, a biographical play on Abigail Scott Duniway. Jane is married to Judge Timothy Sercombe and they have three grown children. Jane has been a member of First Presbyterian Church since 1995, is a Deacon, and is an enthusiastic member of Open Circle and a Disciples group.
Jennifer Wright, piano
Jennifer Wright holds two degrees in classical piano performance (B.M., Hartt School of Music, Connecticut; M.M., 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 for teaching (together with a healthy enthusiasm for general over-the-topness) such that she spends her days continuously devising a diverse range of adventurous performance, educational and outreach projects. Her tastes in performance, research and composition range from the Renaissance to the avant-garde and embrace her penchants for storytelling, creative collaboration and performing in period costume (or any type of costume, really).
Jennifer is a member of the Board of Directors of Cascadia Composers (chapter of the National Association of Composers, USA) and is the State Chair of the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA) “Student Composition Celebration” Festival. She has presented numerous solo and chamber performances, master classes, and workshops in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Jennifer lives with her husband Matias and cats Milo and Kipper in Portland, Oregon, where she intends to keep stirring things up for some time.
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 Competition, and the Chonnam University Concerto Competition. In 2011 Ms. Yoon was an alternate winner in the MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition in Oregon State and a finalist in the Carmel Music Society Piano Competition in 2013. Jeongmi has participated in master classes with Richard Goode, Gilbert Kalish, Choong-Mo Kang, Julian Martin and Arnaldo Cohen.
Ms. Yoon received her Master in Piano Performance from Portland State University studying with Dr. Julia Hwakyu Lee and Bachelor in Music from Chonnam National University in Gwangju, Korea, studying with Dr. Hyun-Ok Moon.
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.
She has appeared as a featured artist at: New Sun Celebration; CIIS California Institute of Integral Studies; on Ken Wilber’s Integral Naked; OneMindVillage; West Marin Community Radio; SW Radio Africa; Northwestern University; Zimvibes; Coolfire (UK); Women’s Radio Network; Perfectly Said; Mazungue Studio One; TWiN (UK); Big
Heart/Big Mind seminar in LA; UltraFeel TV; UniVerse of Poetry; BlogTalk Radio and the Awareness Network.
Zayra has four audio collections of her work: Crowned Compassion, Sleep in the Sea Tonight with Me, Retrograde Motion, and Lanterns. In addition, she is the author of four books: Empty as Nirvana, Ordinary Substance, Color Me Pomegranate, and Leaving You Unpainted. She is the winning poet from the “An African Legend: White Lions and Leopards” contest. Her short story “Exit Ashes, Exit Blues, Exit This Life” won an honorable mention in Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope All Story contest.