PSU In the Schools

15 Nov

Portland State Music: 30 for the 30th

Putting Music Forward

For every child who discovers an instrument in school band or orchestra, or learns to sing in school choir, there is a teacher who made it possible.  For every adult that grows up with a love and appreciation of music, there was someone who encouraged it.   the band directors, orchestra teachers, choir directors, elementary and middle school teachers  are the lifeblood of musical communities.  But so are  the classroom teachers who sing with their students, the administrators who believe in the power of the arts to make better students, and mobilize their communities to see that they are offered.

In the Pacific Northwest and beyond a large number of those individuals found their vocation, their love for and belief in the power of music at Portland State.


Putting Skills to Work

A partial list of Portland State Music alumni currently teaching in the schools of Oregon and Washington.

Arthur, Laura—Athey Creek MS, West-Linn Wilsonville District
Barlow, Becca—Bridlemile Elem. –Portland Public Schools
Becker, Andy—Chief Umtuch MS Choir Director—Battle Ground, WA Schools
Blythe, Rachel—Music Teacher, Molalla River Academiy—Molalla, OR
Boderman, Mary Lou—Salem District Music Supervisor
Bogza, Sergey—DMA Candidate in Orchestral Conducting; Univ. of Minnesota
Boles, Dot—Forest Grove District
Brooks-Muller, Jennifer—David Douglas District
Bundy, Douglas—Raleigh Hills Elem.—Beaverton District
Burgess, Rachelle—Gaston Elem. Music teacher—Gaston district
Carney, Craig—Barnes Elem.—Beaverton District
Caldwell, Nick—Wilson HS Band Director—Portland Public Schools
Christensen, Lana—Ladd Acres Elem. School—Hillsboro Schools
Coffee, Mandy (Sabrowski)—Salem Public Schools Elem. Music teacher
Elison, Ruth—Patterson Elem.—Hillsboro District
Esser, Mark—Camas, WA MS Band Director
Gallagher, Jeremy—MS School Band Director, Battle Ground, WA
Garrett, Ben—McKay HS Band Director—Salem Schools
Geiger, Regan—Salem, OR Schools—Elem. Band teacher
Gendron-DuPont, Myriam—North Clackamas District
Gent, Jim—Gladstone HS Choir Director, Gladstone District
Golden, Wendy—Elem. Music Teacher, Kelso, WA
Hanson, Lisa—Clackamas HS Orchestra Director—North Clackamas Schools
Hayden, Rolland—North Salem HS—Vice Principal
Haynor, Ben—Lake Oswego District
Hedgepeth, Allison—Forest Hills Elem.—Lake Oswego Schools
Herzog, Jason—Elem. Music Teacher, La Pine, OR
Hillan, John—West Linn Wilsonville District
Hodgson, Margie—St. Mathews Catholic School—Hillsboro
Hymans, David—Lake Oswego MS Band Director—Lake Oswego, OR
Kelly, Marsha—Hillsboro District
King, Jerry—Tigard HS—Tigard/Tualatin District
Kinman, Dawn—Elem./MS Music Teacher, Virginia
Kirstein, Janine—Gresham HS Choir Director—Gresham-Barlow District
Kuhns, Sally—Westside Christian
LaTorre, Michael—Lake Oswego MS Choir/Guitar teacher—Lake Oswego, OR
Lockwood, Erica—Rex Putnam HS Choir Director—North Clackamas District
Martus, Carisa—Quatama Elem. School—Hillsboro Schools
McKean, Amy—Alberta Ryder Elem.—Tigard/Tualatin District
Meskel, Mike—Hudson’s Bay HS Band Director—Vancouver, WA
Mohr, Jennifer—Cooper Mt. Elem.—Beaverton District
Nedelisky, Bethany—Oak Grove Elem. School—North Clackamas Schools
O’Mara, Elizabeth—Evergreen Public Schools—MS Orchestra, Vancouver, WA
Owens, Jason—Madison HS—Portland Public
Pappas, Danita—Arlington k-12 Music teacher, Arlington, OR
Pederson, Robin—McMinnville HS—McMinnville District
Pierce, Alison—Battle Ground SD, Battle Ground, WA
Putnam-Spreier, Kim—Elem. Music teacher, Bend, OR
Reed, Dan—Band Director, Longview, WA Schools
Reeves-Snyder, Cinda—Aldercreek MS—North Clackamas District
Rose, Judy—Lane MS,—Portland Public Schools
Saltmarsh, Karie—David Douglas District
Sause, Brandon—Dayton MS/HS Band Director, Dayton, OR Schools
Scamahorn, Philip—Ridgefield, WA Band Director
Scamahorn, Bryn (Walker)—Camas Elem. School Music teacher, Camas, WA
Scholz, Molly—Riverdale Elem.—Riverdale District
Schroeder, Amber—Sam Barlow HS Choir Director—Gresham-Barlow District
Schwab, Tracey—Happy Valley MS Choir Director—North Clackamas District
Schweitzer, Bethany—Choir Director, Lincoln HS, Beverly Cleary MS—Portland Public
Schopmeyer, Eric—Marysville Elem.—Portland Public
Silverman, Mark—Durham Elem—Tigard-Tualatin District
Steele, Adam—OES Choir Director
Stevens, Genevieve—West Linn Wilsonville District
Taylor, Marci—Westview HS Choral Directr—Beaverton Schools
Thomas, Angela (Baldino)—Southridge HS Choir Director—Beaverton Schools
Trobaugh, Anna—Lake Oswego MS/HS Orchestra teacher; Lake Oswego district
Van Winkle, Greg—Milwaukie HS Band Director—North Clackamas District
Vardenega, Barb—Athey Creek MS Choir Director—West Linn Wilsonville District
Waggoner, Aaron—MS Choir teacher—Gresham Schools
Ward, Sandy—Llewellyn Elem. School—North Clackamas Schools
Weaver, Jason—Elem. Principal, Salem, OR
White, Phil—Seaside HS Choir Director—Seaside District
Wilkins, Bryan—Scappoose Elem. School music teacher—Scappoose, OR
Wilson, Jeff—Rex Putnam HS Band Director—North Clackamas District


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