Artistic Staff

Raúl Gómez

Music Director
image

Raúl Gómez

Music Director
Raúl’s passion is to inspire musicians to use their art as a vehicle to pursue excellence and spread joy. Guided by this idea, he enjoys a busy schedule as an orchestral conductor, violinist/violist, clinician and public speaker. Raúl is a regular guest with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, where he receives the unqualified support of Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto. Other conducting highlights include appearances with YOA Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and multiple engagements in Mexico, Brazil and Costa Rica. As a public speaker, Raúl’s TED talk “El Concierto Inolvidable” was an audience favorite at TEDxPuraVida 2014. In addition to his work with MYS, he serves as Assistant Conductor and Artistic Producer for YOA Orchestra of the Americas and conductor with the Premier Orchestral Institute. Previous posts include Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Kids’ Orchestra in Baton Rouge, LA. Raúl holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from Louisiana State University, where he studied with Kevork Mardirossian (violin) and Carlos Riazuelo (conducting). He served as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival in 2011.

Patrick Murphy

Conductor
image

Symphonic Band

Patrick Murphy serves as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Portland, where his responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony, Chamber Winds and Pep Band, and coordinating wind chamber music activities. He is also the conductor of the Portland Community Wind Band, an adult concert band that performs throughout the Portland metropolitan area. Dr. Murphy is a 2012 recipient of a national Graves Award in the Humanities to conduct research in Moscow, primarily on Soviet wind band music. He has presented his research in both the United States and Europe. Dr. Murphy holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, and a B.M. in Music Education from Washington State University. He has nine years of public school teaching experience at the high school and middle school levels in California, Ohio and Nebraska, has conducted numerous honor ensembles and clinics as well as dozens of musical theatre productions, and is an active adjudicator. Dr. Murphy and his wife, Susan, live in Vancouver with their three children. Read about Symphonic Band

Greg McKelvey

Conductor
image

Jazz Band

Greg McKelvey has taught music in the public schools for 25 years. From 1982 through 1994 while teaching at Wilson High School, his bands won over 150 trophies and attracted students from all over Portland. His Advanced Jazz Band (A.K.A.) The “Green Machine,” won numerous awards including first place in the nation at the 1990 Musicfest U. S.A. National Championships held in Oakland, California. That same year, this band performed for then President George Bush and former President Ronald Reagan. In 1993, Greg McKelvey along with Thara Memory and Ronnye Harrison founded the Cultural Recreation Band. Within three years, that band qualified for the State High School Band contest with mostly Elementary and Middle School inner city student musicians. Greg has taught at Jackson High School, Rieke Elementary School, Sabin Elementary School, Marshall High School and Portland Community College. Currently, Greg is the Director of Bands at Battle Ground High School, in Battle Ground, Washington, teaches at the Northwest Academy and, runs the instrumental music program at Self Enhancement Inc. At Battle Ground High School, his bands have won many awards including first place in their division in the Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade the last three years. The Battle Ground Advanced Jazz Band has won sweepstakes twice at the Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival, first place at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho, first place at the Portland Rose Festival Jazz Band Classic, and in 2002 recorded a CD entitled ‘How Sweet It Is’ featuring nine jazz classics. Greg gives private saxophone lessons and, serves as Board President for the Renaissance Academy which, is an after school music program affiliated with the Irvington Covenant Church. Read about Jazz Band

Dan Ogren

Conductor
image

Concert Band

Dan Ogren had a 36-year career as a band director at schools throughout Oregon. Although technically retired from full-time teaching, in the 2011-12 school year he taught sixth grade band in Lake Oswego and conducted the Clackamas Community College Band. He also conducted the Gresham School District Eighth Grade Honor Band, the Beaverton School District Eighth Grade Honor Band, and adjudicated and presented band clinics at schools in Oregon and Washington. Dan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University at Northridge. As a trumpeter, he performs with the Lake Oswego Millenium Concert Band (which he has also conducted) and the Brass Unlimited Quintet.

Brian Quincey

Conductor
image

Vivaldi Strings

Brian is currently a member of the Oregon Symphony, and has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony and the former principal of the Sacramento Symphony. Brian also plays with Third Angle New Music Ensemble in Portland. Brian has participated in the Tanglewood Fellowship program, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival and the Music Academy of the West. His is a graduate of the USC School of Music where he studied with Donald McInnes.

Nita Van Pelt

Conductor
image

Interlude Orchestra

Nita Van Pelt is retired after a 35 year teaching career in public schools. She taught orchestra and band for five years in Elyria, Ohio and for 30 years in Lake Oswego, Oregon. While in Ohio she held the position of Assistant Conductor of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra. In Oregon she has been Conductor of the Interlude Orchestra at Metropolitan Youth Symphony since 1998. Nita has the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Education Degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio. In 2015 the Oberlin Conservatory of Music awarded Nita the Distinguished Music Education Alumna Award. In 2016 she received the Mary V. Dodge Award from the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Nita is Principal Clarinet in the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.

Kathie Reed

Conductor
image

Overture Strings

Kathie Reed is well-known in the Portland area for dual careers in conducting and cello. A former president of the Oregon Cello Society, her cello students have won scholarships sponsored by Oregon Music Teachers Association and Oregon Cello Society, and have been selected to perform at OMTA state conventions. Kathie Reed has been the syllabus chairman and public school liaison for OMTA, has presented sessions at the OMEA state conference and the National Music Educators Association northwest conference, and has adjudicated at solo and ensemble contests and orchestra festivals throughout Oregon. Ms. Reed is the co-Director of the Oregon Suzuki Institute and teaches at the Elementary String Program in the Lake Oswego School District. She holds a BA in music education from the University of Oregon and an MAT in Music from Lewis & Clark.

Sally Kuhns

Conductor
image

Sousa Band

Sally Kuhns is Director of Bands at West Hills Christian School, and formerly held that position at Conestoga Middle School in Beaverton. Mrs. Kuhns holds a Masters of Education degree from Portland State University and degrees in trumpet performance from Northwestern University and the New School of Music in Philadelphia. Mrs. Kuhns was assistant principal trumpet with the Oregon Symphony for more than twenty years, during which time she performed with many other prestigious groups, including Chamber Music Northwest, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the American Wind Symphony, along with appearing at summer venues such as the Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival (Italy) and Grand Teton Music Festival. Mrs. Kuhns has received numerous awards and honors, including the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship, Pearl S. Buck Scholarship and American Brass Chamber Music Award, and her recordings can be heard on Koch, Delos and other record labels.

Ryan Meagher

Conductor
image

Jazz Band

Ryan Meagher is a critically acclaimed jazz guitarist and composer with five albums as lead guitar released on internationally distributed record labels. He teaches at Mt. Hood Community College, Lower Columbia College, Portland Community College and various community music schools. His latest album “Tango in the City of Roses” received high praise from Downbeat and other leading jazz publications. He combines a wealth of experience from his time in the New York jazz scene with fresh energy and ideas. He is extremely knowledgeable in the history and tradition of jazz, and his unique voice is a result of his work with some of the greatest living jazz musicians and pedagogues.

Adam LaMotte

Conductor
image

Baroque Orchestra

Adam LaMotte is becoming well known to audiences throughout the country as a leader of both period and modern ensembles. He has appeared as soloist, concertmaster, and conductor of numerous orchestras, including the Northwest Sinfonietta in Seattle, String Orchestra of the Rockies, Astoria Festival Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and the Maggini String Orchestra in Houston. As violinist and violist, Adam has been hailed by critics as an "especially compelling" and "superb violinist" with "exceptional talent," whose performances are "energetic and exquisite." As Artistic Director of the Montana Baroque Festival, he brings first-class period instrument performances to the rural Montana community. He has co-founded two critically-acclaimed ensembles, in Portland and in Houston, and continues to produce many chamber music and chamber orchestra performances. In collaboration with ensembles such as American Bach Soloists, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Ars Lyrica, and Chanticleer, Mr. LaMotte performs on period instruments, using a fine Italian instrument made in 1730 by Bernardo Calcagni, for which he is indebted to his generous patrons who made the purchase possible.

Jeffrey Peyton

Conductor
image

Concert Orchestra

Hailed as a performer of “brilliant artistry and dazzling virtuosity,” Jeffrey Peyton possesses extensive experience in diverse roles as a percussionist, conductor, composer, and educator. Mr. Peyton attending the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City on full scholarship, receiving a Masters degree in percussion performance. Additional studies include doctoral studies in instrumental conducting and percussion performance at the University of Oregon, and the Aspen and Waterloo Music Festivals. Formerly Music Director and conductor of the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Mr. Peyton conducted performances at the Oregon Bach Festival, Cascade Music Festival, in collaboration with the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet, Oregon Festival of American Music, PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art), and throughout the Pacific Northwest, including numerous commercial recordings. The regular guest conductor of the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra since 1996, Mr. Peyton has also guest conducted the Eugene Symphony, Anchorage Symphony, Eugene Youth Symphony, and at the Peter Britt Festival. Recently appointed as Guest Director of Orchestra Studies at Portland State University and the PSU Orchestra and New Music Ensemble, Mr. Peyton has held academic and conducting posts at Lewis and Clark College, University of Oregon, Pacific University and George Fox University. Mr. Peyton currently serves as principal timpanist of the Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestra, section percussionist with the Portland Opera, and is a regular guest percussionist and timpanist with the Oregon Symphony. An active chamber musician, he has performed regularly with Chamber Music Northwest and the Third Angle Ensemble. Mr Peyton’s performances as percussionist and conductor can be heard on fifteen commercial recordings for the New World, New Albion, Koch International, Gagliano, Hannsler, and Delos labels. A published award-winning composer, Mr. Peyton’s concert works have been performed extensively throughout the United States, Asia and Europe, and have been featured on three commercial recordings.