Raúl Gómez-Rojas, Music Director
Symphony Orchestra, MYSfits
Conductor, violinist, and violist Dr. Raúl Gómez-Rojas began his sixth season this past fall as Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Lauded as a “visionary conductor” (Oregon ArtsWatch), Dr. Gómez-Rojas inspires audiences and artists of all ages and backgrounds to use music as a vehicle to connect, pursue excellence, and spread joy. Guided by this idea, he offers his time not only as an orchestral conductor, but as a performing violinist/violist, clinician, public speaker, and the host for All Classical Portland’s “On Deck with Young Musicians.” Recent conducting highlights include performances with the Oregon Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and collaborating with guest artists as diverse as Regina Carter, Boyz 2 Men, Lyle Lovett, The Tenors, Kermit Ruffins, the 610 Stompers, and Rick Springfield.
A Costa Rica native, Dr. Gómez-Rojas was selected as one of six conductors to be featured in the League of American Orchestra’s 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview after competing for the honor with nearly 150 applicants from around the world. He regularly conducts with orchestras and workshops around the globe, garnering a conducting fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival along the way. Previous conducting posts include the Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra, Premier Orchestral Institute, Louisiana Sinfonietta and Kids’ Orchestra, and more. Fully scholarshipped throughout his graduate studies, Dr. Gómez-Rojas received masters and doctoral degrees from Louisiana State University where he studied with Carlos Riazuelo (conducting), Kevork Mardirossian, and Espen Lilleslåtten (violin/viola).
Since coming on board with MYS, Dr. Gómez-Rojas has augmented programming to include a partnership with The Authentic Voice, a collaboration with FearNoMusic’s Young Composers Project, through which MYS commissions, performs, and records full orchestra works by promising young composers. His vision has brought about masterclasses with a veritable Who’s Who of current symphonic fame and YouTube conversations called “Virtual Hangouts” with artists from Portland and across the globe like Pulitzer-prize winning composer Caroline Shaw, MacArthur Genius Award recipient Regina Carter, and leading artists such as Monica Huggett, Johannes Moser, Gabriela Lena Frank, Colin Currie and more. Additionally, Dr. Gómez-Rojas served as the co-host of “SoundPost,” a podcast by the Orchestra of the Americas, along with Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto, which brought airtime with luminaries Yo-Yo Ma, Gabriela Montero, and Gil Shaham.
Forever committed to music education, access, and outreach, Dr. Gómez-Rojas has led the growth of MYS’s free Beginning Strings program as well as a conservatory-like stepped music theory curriculum available to students in all 13 MYS ensembles. This season Dr. Gómez-Rojas conducts Interlude Orchestra and MYS’ signature large ensemble, Symphony Orchestra.
Jeffrey Peyton, Conductor
Hailed as a performer of “brilliant artistry and dazzling virtuosity,” Jeffrey Peyton possesses extensive experience in diverse roles as conductor, percussionist, composer, and educator. Mr. Peyton attended the Juilliard School in New York City on full scholarship, receiving a Masters degree in percussion performance. Additional training includes doctoral studies in instrumental conducting and percussion performance at the University of Oregon, and residencies at the Aspen and Waterloo Music Festivals. Mr. Peyton is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra and a regular guest conductor with the Eugene Symphony. He as also appeared with Anchorage Symphony, Eugene Youth Symphony, and at the Peter Britt Festival. Formerly Music Director and conductor of the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, he led collaborations and regular appearances with 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. Mr. Peyton has held academic and conducting appointments at Portland State University, 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 Orchestra, and is a regular guest percussionist and timpanist with the Oregon Symphony. A published 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. In addition to his musical activities, Mr. Peyton is a licensed psychotherapist, and owns a thriving private practice (Peyton Adolescent Therapy, LLC) specializing in the emotional wellbeing of adolescents and young adults.
Adam Eccleston, Director
The Love of Music for flutist Adam Eccleston, originated from his family's passion for music from their home countries of Panama and the Caribbean Islands. His calling for the instrument derived from his 'James Bond' stunts that he used on a fellow classmate, who was then a flutist. Mr. Eccleston, or at that time better known as, Mr. Bond, surreptitiously took his fellow classmates flute with him and practiced at home. Shortly after those primitive months of being self-taught, he decided to put aside the 'James Bond' act and live the dream of playing the flute.
Originally from New York City, Mr. Eccleston moved to Germany with his family at the age of nine. There he studied with Eric lamb, co-principal flutist of The International Contemporary Ensemble and Thaddeus Watson, piccolo player of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Frankfurt Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. While in Europe, he worked with Sir James Galway in Switzerland, William Bennett in England and went on to receive a Masters in Music from the New England Conservatory with Paula Robison. Mr. Eccleston has also worked with Dr. Tara Helen O‘Connor, Marco Granados, Amy Porter, Leone Buyse and Jim Walker.
As a soloist, he has appeared with several orchestras around the United States and Europe and has performed in venues such as the Kurhaus Wiesbaden in Germany and Jordan Hall in Boston. He can be heard on Portland's All Classical Radio Station 89.9fm. Mr. Eccleston has appeared with the Borromeo String Quartet, the Boston Public String Quartet, DJ Premier and has performed in both the Weill Recital Hall and Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall, the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum and Casino Kursaal in Switzerland.
Orchestrally, Mr. Eccleston is former principal flutist of The Eastern Festival Symphony Orchestra and the Boston-based chamber orchestra, Discovery Ensemble, which focuses on bringing classical music to inner city schools throughout Boston. Furthermore, the ensemble has received outstanding reviews by Boston Globe and Artsboston, and can be heard on WGBH Boston radio station. Mr. Eccleston has served under Valery Gergiev, Hugh Wolff, and Benjamin Zander, and has performed at the Strathmore Music Center in Washington D.C., Symphony Hall Boston, Palais Montcalm Canada, and others. Mr. Eccleston has played with the Oregon Symphony and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra in Portland, Oregon. He has also been awarded top prizes in various competitions, one of which is the New York Flute Club Competition.
A devoted humanitarian and firm supporter of arts education, Mr. Eccleston has worked extensively with MESDA group; A non-profit organization that offers a wide variety of educational support through music to under developed countries around Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands. Currently, he is the Program Director for BRAVO Youth Orchestras, which is an after school music program that serves over 150 students in 6 schools. Mr. Eccleston started the winds and percussion division, and now in its 5th year, the program serves almost 80 students and 9 teaching artists. On the side, he continues to write articles and give lectures on El Sistema music programs in the USA.
Mr. Eccleston has presented master classes at Portland State University and in Panama City, Panama that was sponsored by La Fundación de Panamá and Fundación Danilo Perez. He has participated in music workshops with members of the YOA Orchestra to under-privileged children in the U.S. and abroad.
Adam plays on a 14K White Gold Powell.
Kevin A. Lefohn, Conductor
Hillsboro Chamber Strings, Hillsboro Camerata
Violinist Kevin A. Lefohn maintains an international career as recital soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. His performances have earned considerable acclaim, with performances, workshops, and masterclasses presented throughout Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United States, and South East Asia. He studied with Dorothy DeLay, Piotr Milewski, and Kurt Sassmannshaus at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Kathryn Lucktenberg at the University of Oregon, and with members of both the Emerson and the Tokyo String Quartets. He has held faculty teaching positions at the University of Oregon and the University of Otago where he was Professor of Violin and founding Director of the renowned Marama Strings Project from 1998-2007. He was the founder and Artistic Director of New Zealand’s Queenstown Violin Summer School and Festival of Chamber Music. As an executive arts administrator, he has served as Manager of Artistic Planning for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and as Executive Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. He performs with the Bodhi Trio and currently holds faculty teaching positions at the University of Portland and Pacific University. He maintains a Portland-based private studio, an international studio via online video lessons, and frequently travels overseas for performances, masterclasses and teaching residencies.
Eri Nogueira, Conductor
Hillsboro Overture Strings
Born in Belem, Brazil, Eri Nogueira began her violin studies at age 10 at Carlos Gomes
Music Conservatory with Mr. Alexander Serafimov, and later on with Mr. Serguei Firsanov. In
1994, Eri received the “Honorable Mention” prize at the “Young Musicians Competition” in
Piracicaba, Brazil. Eri performed several annual solo recitals during her studies at the
Conservatory and joined the Teatro da Paz Symphony Orchestra in 1997. Upon graduating,
Eri pursued her bachelor’s and master’s degree in violin performance with Mr. Jerrold
Rubenstein, at Antwerp Conservatory, in Belgium.
In 2006, Eri returned to her hometown and began teaching and coordinating the violin and
chamber music departments at Carlos Gomes Conservatory and Vale Musica Foundation,
an “El Sistema” inspired program, for underserved children. Concomitantly, Eri performed as
assistant concertmaster at Theatro da Paz Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, Eri became a
member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais and Sesi Minas Chamber Orchestra
in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She also taught violin at after-school programs for underserved
children during that time. In 2012, Eri moved to Portland, opening a private music studio,
becoming a teaching artist at Oregon Bravo Youth Orchestras, and a member of Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra, Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and concertmaster of
Willamette Falls Symphony.
Shortly after earning a Master’s in Education degree from Portland State University in 2018,
Eri Nogueira joined the faculty team of Lake Oswego Middle School and Lake Oswego High
School as orchestra director. She also coordinated and taught at the Lake Oswego
Elementary Strings after-school program. Under her direction, the high school orchestra
program won the district league in 2019 and 2022. The middle school program won 3rd
place at the Music in the Parks Festival in 2019 and first place in 2022. In 2022, Eri was
nominated for the 2022 LifeChanger of the Year.
Currently, Eri Nogueira teaches general music at Palisades World Language School and
maintains her playing artistry by performing with various ensembles in Oregon and
Washington. Eri has great interest in nature, traveling and culinary.
Erica Boland, Conductor
Erica Boland, nêe Mehlhorn began studying violin through the Suzuki Method at the age of 3 under the tutelage of Susan Kempter in Albuquerque, NM. Erica decided to pursue a degree is music at the University of Texas at Austin where studied with Dr. Eugene Gratovich, and began teaching with the UT String Project Program. Erica graduated with a Bachelors of Music Studies with High Honors and received her K-12 teaching certification. Erica continued her musical studies at the University of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, AZ. Erica studied violin with Dr. Louise Scott and worked as a graduate assistant to the Suzuki training program and the NAU conductor, Victor Liva. She performed with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and served as Principal Second Violin for a portion of the 2001-2002 season. Erica also directed the Flagstaff Junior Orchestra for 2 years during her studies. Erica graduated with a Masters in Music with Distinction and completed her long-term teacher training in the Suzuki Method Books 1-4. After her graduate degree, Erica moved back to Albuquerque, NM where she opened her own violin studio, taught Orchestra in the Albuquerque Public Schools, and taught sectionals with the Albuquerque Junior Symphony. Erica enjoyed performing at weddings and other functions with the Empire String Quartet. In 2014 Erica moved with her family to Portland, Oregon where she continues to teach and perform violin. Erica is a member of the American String Teachers Association, Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the Oregon Suzuki Association.
Christopher Brown, Director
Christopher Brown is an acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, and educator who seeks to be a voice within the advocacy of Jazz music and American culture. And through the expansive range of groups that he has assembled and/or performed with—which span from duos to Jazz big bands to military marching bands and orchestras—his musical and personal experiences have led him towards an interest in synthesizing the principles of Jazz with the day-to-day practicalities of life. However, given that businesses shape the global market economy that everyone lives and participates in, is why he has found it useful to integrate business philosophies with that of music to help develop himself and his band. Which as he likes to say, “we’re all in the same business…the people-trusting-people business. No people, no business.”
The Early Years
Born and raised in Portland, OR, Christopher began his life in music at age five with piano lessons before adopting the saxophone and drums by age 12. And throughout the rest of his time in middle school and high school, he’d go on to garner numerous local, state, and national awards. The first of his three most noteworthy accomplishments during this period began with the recruitment of a bassist and a saxophonist one fall afternoon for the purposes of creating a quick recording to submit to Down Beat Magazine. The recording was later mentioned in Down Beat the following spring as being the top high school small group for 1995. The second accomplishment came when he was afforded the opportunity to perform with Wynton Marsalis at the Alladin Theater in Portland, Oregon. And lastly, he was cast as an extra in the 1993 movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” starring Richard Dreyfuss
After his completion from high school, Christopher’s enlistment into the U.S. Marine Corps as a drummer for four years, afforded him the opportunity to strengthen his networking skills, beginning with his association with Ellis and Jason Marsalis while stationed in New Orleans. But after one short year in New Orleans, the Corps sent him to Parris Island, SC where at the recommendation of Ellis he began working periodically with bassist Delbert Felix, formerly of the Branford Marsalis Quartet. And from that association he caught the attention of the legendary jazz bassist Ben Tucker, with whom he worked on and off with for three years. And finally, right before his discharge from active duty, he was afforded the opportunity to perform with Jazz legends Buddy Defranco and Terry Gibbs at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, SC.
Following his discharge in 1999, he’d take a two-year break in service before re-enlisting in the 63rd NJ Army National Guard band, where he’d eventually conclude his 20 years of military service with the 234th Army National Guard Band in Clackamas, OR.
Upon Christopher’s release from active duty in 1999, he moved up north from South Carolina to eventually settle in New Brunswick, NJ for the following 13 years. And it would be during this phase of his life where the true foundation of his understanding of music would begin to cement via Rutgers University and the streets of NYC. But it would ultimately prove to be the relationships that he developed among the faculty within the Jazz program at Mason Gross School of the Arts that would serve as the most important launching pad for so many of his past and present successes. Following his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Jazz Studies/Performance from Rutgers in 2004 and 2006 respectively, he’d go on to teach both the introduction to Jazz historiography and Jazz theory course for four years before returning home to Portland, OR in 2012. And lastly, he has had the pleasure of teaching as an artist in-residence within Wells Fargo’s “NJPAC Jazz For Teens” program (NJ), Mt. Hood Jazz Camp (OR), Mel Brown Jazz Camp (OR), Litchfield Jazz Camp (CT), Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute (NJ), Montclair Jazz Camp (NJ), and the International Summer Music Camp (Brno, Czech Republic).
Aside from having won the top high school small group award in 1995 through Down Beat Magazine, he was selected in 2002 to represent the U.S. in a Rutgers University sponsored performance in Fukui, Japan, in addition to being awarded the Pee Wee Russell scholarship from the NJ Jazz Society in the same year. Following that, he was also selected twice as the drummer for the intercollegiate all-star big band's performance at the NJ Music Educators Association annual convention (2003/2005). Also, his recording with Rutgers' Scarlet Knight Jazz Bones (led by Conrad Herwig), helped them take home the 2011 International Trombone Association's “Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition” award. And lastly, he was given the 2007 Artist of the Year award (following Esperanza Spaulding) through Portland State University’s “Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute.”
In addition to his main passion as a drummer, he has also kept up his proficiency on the alto saxophone over the years, which consequently resulted in him having performed live with the great Ralph Peterson Jr. Quintet (2002) on channel six in NJ for one of their segments called “New Jersey Talking,” as well as having headlined as a saxophonist for both the 2007 PDX Jazz Festival (OR) and the 2010 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival (OR). And lastly, he served as the principle saxophonist in the 63rd NJ Army National Guard Band from 2001-2012.
Altogether, since Christopher’s enlistment in the Marines, and subsequent move to the North East, he has had the pleasure of performing and or recording with many of the world’s top recording artists, such as: Beyonce, Esperanza Spualding, Liv Warfield, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Ray Charles, Jimmy Heath, Ralph Bowen, Ralph Peterson Jr., Conrad Herwig, Steve Turre, Paquito D’Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Charles Fambrough, Benny Golson, Bobby Watson, Craig Handy, Orrin Evans, Terry Gibbs, Buddy Defranco, Vincent Herring, Javon Jackson, Stanley Cowell, Wess Anderson, Antonio Hart, Paul Bollenback, David Sanborn, Geoff Keezer, Onaje Allen Gumbs, James Genus, Don Alias, Don Braden, Victor Goines, John Benitez, Anthony Wonsey, Jim Rotondi, Valerie Ponomarev, Delbert Felix, Ben Tucker, Virgil Jones, Vic Juris, Boris Koslov, John Stubblefield, Darren Barrett, Jon Gordon, Roseanna Vitro, Lonnie Plaxico, John Cowherd, Kenny Davis, Carla Cook, David Leibman, Ronnie Mathews, Sean Jones, Marquis Hill, Arturo O’Farrill, Randy Brecker, Chuck Israels, George Colligan, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, John Pattitucci, Kamasi Washington, and Mel Brown.
Aside from Christopher’s first big musical break coming in the form of a month long European tour with Roy Hargrove’s Quintet in the summer of 2006, he has also spent some more time in front of the camera between commercials for Master Card and the History Channel, re-enactment scenes on the Maury Povich show, Beyonce’s “Count Down” video, and the big budget film “American Gangster,” starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.
Since Christopher’s move back home to Portland in 2012, a large part of his focus has been on the continual exercising of his leadership acumen within the area of band leading. And given that this is a lot like running a business or organization, he has been able to use his band as a metric for musical and organizational excellence for other bands, organizations, and businesses to emulate. Therefore, like any leader who has to be rooted in themselves and their vision, Christopher has been intentionally using his band and the music they play as an instrument for challenging existing beliefs around “normalcy,” as applied to personal and organizational growth within schools, public performances, and private seminars. And what better way to have this all too important conversation than through the lens of music.
Kenji Bunch, Director
MYSfits String Ensemble
Kenji Bunch is one of America’s most engaging, influential, and prolific composers. Through an expansive blend of classical and vernacular styles, Bunch makes music that’s “clearly modern but deeply respectful of tradition and instantly enjoyable.” (The Washington Post) Deemed “emotional Americana,” (Oregon ArtsWatch) and infused with folk and roots influences, Bunch’s work has inspired a new genre classification: “Call it neo-American: casual on the outside, complex underneath, immediate and accessible to first-time listeners… Bunch’s music is shiningly original.” (The Oregonian) Hailed by The New York Times as “A Composer To Watch” and cited by Alex Ross in his seminal book The Rest Is Noise, Bunch’s wit, lyricism, unpredictability, and exquisite craftsmanship earn acclaim from audiences, performers, and critics alike. His interests in history, philosophy, and intergenerational and cross-cultural sharing of the arts reflect in his work. Varied style references in Bunch's writing mirror the diversity of global influence on American culture and reveal his deft ability to integrate bluegrass, hip hop, jazz, and funk idioms. Rich, tonal harmonies and drawn-out, satisfying builds characterize Bunch’s work and easily lend themselves to dance and film. Over sixty American orchestras have performed Bunch’s music, which “reache(s) into every section of the orchestra to create an intriguing mixture of sonic colors.” (NW Reverb) Recent works include commissions and premieres from the Seattle Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Lark Quartet, the Britt Festival, Music From Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, the Eugene Ballet, and the Grant Park Music Festival. His extensive discography includes recordings on Sony/BMG, EMI Classics, Koch, RCA, and Naxos labels among others.Also an outstanding violist, Bunch was the first student ever to receive dual Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in viola and composition from The Juilliard School and was a founding member of the highly acclaimed ensembles Flux Quartet (1996-2002) and Ne(x)tworks (2003-2011). Bunch currently serves as Artistic Director of Fear No Music, and teaches viola, composition, and music theory at Portland State University, Reed College, and for the Portland Youth Philharmonic.
Kevin Schlossman, Director
MYSticks, Percussion Ensemble
A native of Los Angeles, percussionist Kevin Schlossman moved to Portland in the summer of 2016. Since then, he has had the pleasure of playing regularly with the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Opera, the Vancouver Symphony, and the Salem Symphony, among others. He has also had the distinct privilege of working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, and LA Chamber Orchestra.
Kevin received his Bachelor’s Degree in performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and his Artist’s Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. And ardent proponent of both chamber and 20th century percussion music, he was a founding member of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles’ first conductor-less orchestra, and a member of the Smoke and Mirrors Ensemble. He can be heard as a soloist on their second album, Vanish. During his tenure as a student, Kevin attended the American Institute of Musical Studies Graz, the Round Top Festival Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival and School, where the Aspen Times remarked that his, “timing and wit had to be seen to be believed.”
Paloma Griffin Hébert, Conductor
Portland Camerata (formerly Vivaldi Strings)
The multifaceted career of violinist Paloma Griffin Hébert includes collaborations with musicians throughout North America and Europe, as well as orchestral, pedagogical, and popular music activities. Formerly the assistant concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony, Paloma was also a member of the Portland new music ensemble fEARnoMUSIC, which she led as Artistic Director from 2011-2014. She has served as a guest concertmaster for the Eugene Symphony and a tutti violinist with Norway’s Kristiansand Symfonieorkester. Paloma's solo appearances include concerts with the Oregon Symphony and the Fresno Philharmonic. As a member of the band Pink Martini, she performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Paloma is the director of Portland Camerata at the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. She enjoys maintaining a wonderful private studio of young violinists, and in 2021, began teaching violin and chamber music at Reed College. Paloma has coached for summer chamber music workshops at Oregon State University, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and in 2022, Portland Summer Ensembles.
Elizabeth Peyton, Conductor
Portland Chamber Strings (formerly Baroque Strings)
Violinist Elizabeth Peyton is a tenured member of the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestras, and is on the music faculty of Reed College. Her performing experience includes decades of symphonic, chamber, opera, and ballet performances, as well as many soundtrack recordings for both studio albums and films, including the major motion picture Ray and Pink Martini’s Sympathique. She has performed extensively with local ensembles including the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Festival of American Music, Eugene Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Portland Summerfest Opera, and Cascade Music Festival. Prior to moving to Portland in 1995, she played for two seasons with the Santa Fe Opera and the New Mexico Symphony, and toured internationally with the Broadway mega-musical, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber tour. She has also performed with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Grand Tetons Music Festival.
A native of New Jersey, Elizabeth began her orchestral career at age 12 and was concertmaster of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra before going on to complete her studies at at Indiana University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. An avid educator, she has served as a private instructor, group teacher, and chamber music coach on the faculties of the Community Music Center and Multnomah Arts Center, and was violin faculty and orchestral coach for Young Musicians and Artists. She is a member of the Oregon Suzuki Association and maintains a thriving private studio of violists and violinists of all ages and levels. Elizabeth has completed extensive training and certification in Suzuki Talent Education, and her students have consistently won high recognition in many solo competitions and contests.
Marian Gutiérrez, Conductor
Portland Overture Strings
Born in Venezuela, Marian was formed within "El Sistema" founded by maestro José Antonio Abreu. At the age of 12, she was selected as a violinist in the Venezuelan National Children's and Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2001 she moved to Caracas to study violin at the Latin-American Violin Academy, she got a position in the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra performing in worldwide theaters such as Carnegie Hall (USA), Berlin Philharmonie (Germany), Royal Albert Hall (England) Teatro Alla Scala di Milano (Italy) under batons of renowned conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, and Gustavo Dudamel. In 2017 she moved to Miami and was part of the first violin section of The Miami Symphony Orchestra and its production team as well. In 2018 she moved to Portland to be part of the teaching artists staff of BRAVO Youth Orchestra and manager of the BRAVO Community Orchestra.
Giancarlo Castro D’Addona, Conductor
Awarded composer, conductor and trumpet player. Giancarlo has been recognized as one of the most exceptional artists formed in “El Sistema” from Venezuela. His compositions have been performed in scenarios such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Disney Concert Hall in L.A, Radio France Theater in Paris, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Berlin Konzerthaus in Berlin, Vienna Concertgebouw in Vienna among others. Giancarlo’s music is performed around the world by groups and soloists as Laurentius Dinca (Violinist of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Carol Jantsch (Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and U.S. Marine Band which performed one of his pieces in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. Some of his works have been recorded under the EMI Classics, Genuin and Euroarts labels and also has been recognized as “best seller” in Europe becoming mandatory works in international Wind Band and soloist competitions. He has been recognized with a gold medal at the Global Music Awards in San Diego ‑ California (USA) as a composer in 2016. As a conductor, he has performed with many orchestras and chamber music groups as Simón Bolívar Orchestra (Venezuela), Paris Symphonic Orchestra (France), Orchestra Valentiana (France), Twin Ports Wind Orchestra (Minnesota) among others. In 2018 he moved to Portland to be part of the teaching artist staff of Bravo Youth Orchestra and conductor of BRAVO Community Orchestra. Giancarlo recently completed his work "Euphantasy" commissioned by the renowned French Euphonist Bastien Baumet for the new album "Radiance” recorded by the Air Force Band of Lisbon in Portugal. His last work “Tuba Sonatina” commissioned by Carol Jantsch was premiered at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference 2019 in Iowa. On September 2019 Giancarlo will be the new Conductor of Sinfonietta Orchestra Program at MYS and principal conductor of Reed College Orchestra.