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Staff & Music Teachers

Morgan

Morgan started her musical journey at age 3, with early childhood music education classes. At age 8 she transitioned to private piano lessons. Although homeschooled for academics, she joined the choir program at a local high school and made her way into their elite women's performance group. Throughout high school she consistently received top marks at District and State music festivals in both piano and voice, and performed in the All-State ensemble each year she auditioned. Morgan received her music degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Her performing experience included solo performances with the Macalester Symphony and ensemble tours to New York, Japan, Chicago, and Madison. She also performed solo in Dunedin, New Zealand. After graduation, she moved to Portland and promptly started teaching and performing in multiple ensembles. Highlights include performing in the chorus at the Moda Center with Andrea Bocelli, regular performances at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert hall with the Oregon Symphony, and solos at the Hollywood Theater during the Rose Festival. She continues to actively perform in multiple ensembles including the Portland Symphonic Choir and the Trouble with Trebles small women's ensemble. Morgan has taught for 8 years, ages 5-77. She believes music is accessible to EVERYONE, regardless of age, ability, or experience, and that every musical journey should be relevant and full of celebration.

Andrew C.

Andrew C. has always had a passion for performing and teaching music. Born in Southern California, Andrew began playing trombone in middle school and gained a love for both jazz and wind ensemble music. Majoring in music performance at Temple University in Philadelphia, he toured with a jazz band across the east coast and performed on their award-winning album. After returning to California, Andrew taught private lessons at two music schools while performing in the Los Angeles area. He performed with several orchestras, wind ensembles, musicals, wedding bands, big bands, and small combos. While working with the dixie/blues band The Barrelhouse Wailers, Andrew had the opportunity to perform with several artists including Michael McDonald, Tommy Shaw, and Bruce Springsteen before moving to the Portland area. Brand new to the Pacific Northwest, Andrew’s goal is to foster the passion and career of aspiring musicians of every age with the knowledge and experience obtained over the last 15 years.

Deana

Deana is one of our voice and guitar instructors here at B2R! She started performing at the age of 7 with two performing musical theater groups in Orange County California. They show cased two major Broadway shows a year. In high school she was involved in the Choir and the Color guard team. As a sophomore she auditioned for the Orange County Performing Arts High School and was 1 of 12 that made the voice department in the musical theater conservatory. She then became involved with the children ministries department with choreographing and assisting with the voice training for the junior high musicals. As a young adult she was a professional Karaoke DJ host for a venue in California. Following that she was in a No Doubt tribute band for a short time before she moved to Oregon. She has been in Oregon now for three years and is now performing in her church band. She has always had a passion for teaching kids and adults of all ages how to sing and perform. Her motto is to never stop trying as long as you have the passion and drive you can achieve your dreams!

DJ Avelanche

DJ Avelanche started out his career as a DJ at age 13. At age 19 entered radio. He also has a background with singing and playing drums both starting at age 9 as well. Avelanche has spent 3 decades in the entertainment industry, working for some of Portland's top radio stations and as a performer along side many major artists as well. He's been a brand DJ for companies like Marc Ecko, adidas, Scion and several others. He's also had national mixshows on Sprint Radio, AT&T, The AHA app. Swurv Radio and 1.FM to name a few. He can currently be heard daily at 12n on IHeart Radio's Party Radio 101.9 in Brooklyn, NY.

Heather F.

Heather F. became interested in music by listening to movie soundtracks and punk rock with her family in Kalispell, Montana. From 5th grade and through college she played clarinet in band and sang in choir. At Flathead High School, she joined the jazz band on tenor saxophone, served as a member of the band council, received the John Phillip Sousa Band Award, and graduated summa cum laude with Merit Distinction. Upon moving to Missoula, Montana, she played in various groups on different instruments while completing her degree in Music Education at The University of Montana. Throughout her education, she learned how to play all instruments used in schools, including woodwinds, brass, strings, and some percussion. Heather took private lessons on clarinet, voice, euphoium, mandolin, and pipe organ. With UM’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Clarinet Choir she played contrabass, bass, and regular clarinet. She sang in Cantemus Women’s Choir, and University Choir, and enjoyed participating in the annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. She played clarinet and saxophone in university musical productions, with Assassins being the most recent one. In a cover band and Ford’s Flying Pintos, a bluegrass band, she played mandolin with other music students after forming the groups. The Pintos performed at various gigs in Missoula, until disbanding when Heather moved to student teach on the Oregon Coast. She formed and led a rock band at that high school after collaborating with a current singer/songwriter. Upon her recent completion of her degree with highest honors, she moved to Portland to teach and create music. Heather now focuses on playing keys, bass guitar, mandolin, and singing for songwriting. Her favorite instruments to play are pipe organ, piano/keys, oboe, bassoon, euphonium, bass guitar, and mandolin. She is happy to teach any instrument she has experience with and the student is enthusiastic about playing!

Heidi

Heidi has been teaching since 2006 and her goals as a teacher are to inspire students to strive for excellence while fostering a love and passion for making music and performing. Heidi emphasizes a positive and encouraging learning environment and her methods are creative, fun, and catered toward the individual student, using her own unique teaching vocabulary. Heidi encourages her students to explore many song styles and coaches them in proper technique for each style. She loves exploring all genres of singing including pop, rock, blues, country, musical theater, and classical, and encourages her vocalists to become versatile and well-rounded performers. An Ohio native, Heidi began her stage career by singing and acting in musicals at her church at only five years old. She went on to pursue her passion for music at Youngstown State University where she received her Bachelor's in Music in Vocal Performance. Heidi continued her training at Kent State University, receiving her Master's degree while teaching voice lessons and voice classes as a graduate assistant. Although her focus was initially in opera and classical singing, Heidi developed a passion for musical theater, jazz, blues, rock, heavy metal, and pop music as well. She began to sing lead and back-up vocals in bands, including a Transiberian Orchestra cover band, an 80's Rock band, a blues band, and a jazz duo to name a few. She also found she had a knack for harmony, and continued her musical pursuits singing both alto and soprano in multiple choirs. While living in Florida, Heidi was a featured soloist and section leader for several professional choirs and church choirs. In the world of theater, Heidi has been involved in over 50 productions in professional, collegiate, and community venues. She has performed lead and supporting roles in musicals, operas, and plays in a wide variety of genres and styles. She has also been involved in improv dinner theatre productions, musical improv troupes, and other improv ensembles, including groups at Curious Comedy Theater in Portland. She currently co-hosts a hilarious podcast called “Bad Movies, Worse Musicals,” utilizing her musical improv skills. Heidi is also the creator and Artistic Director of Torchsong Entertainment, a Portland theater company that specializes in jukebox musicals, cabarets, and original rock musicals. Torchsong is in it's 5th full season, and continues to create original and innovative musical works. Heidi has written numerous scripts and is exceptionally proud of writing her first completely original musical called “Sanguine Academy,” a hilarious parody style rock musical about a school for vampires. For more on her company visit: www.torchsongentertainment.com. Heidi is also currently the band leader and lead vocalist for “Something Wicked,” an over the top spandex clad 80's hair band, “Unruly and Unplugged,” an acoustic rock duo, and “Torchsong,” a pop/rock cover band. She also regularly performs solo and duo jazz gigs around town. For more on Heidi, including videos and recordings, visit: www.heididavissoprano.com.

Jeff J.

Jeff J. Originally from Miami, Florida, I began studying music at age 7 (guitar). At age 12, I joined the school band and began playing trombone & baritone in the concert and jazz ensembles. I continued in the state champion marching band in high school and was awarded “Most Promising Musical Senior” by the music department director. Out of high school, I received a scholarship to a special jazz program at Miami-Dade Community College and played in their jazz ensemble voted “#1 Junior College Jazz Ensemble in the U.S. 1985” by the National Association of Jazz Educators. We were featured at the NAJE national convention in Dallas that year and recorded an album entitled “Top Secret”. At the same time I spent the summer on DCI (Drum Corps International) tours with the Suncoast Sound finishing 6th & 7th in the world championship finals in 1983 & 84 respectively. Next, I studied music composition at Florida State University for several years until my freelance playing career became so successful that I left school to play professionally all around Florida. I’ve performed with blues legend Bo Diddley, popular ‘50s groups The Platters & The Coasters, jazz legends Randy Brecker, Red Rodney, Ira Sullivan & Marcus Roberts, pop icons Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash) & Bonnie Raitt and more bands that I could ever count. I also spent 3 years with “The Mighty Big Blues Band” voted one of the top 10 club bands in America 1992 by the New York Times and recording an album entitled “Almost Live & Sometimes in Color”. In 1997 after returning to Florida State to get a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education, I moved to Japan, where I performed professionally with many club bands including an extremely popular Tokyo soul band called “Bumpadelic”. In Japan, I primarily worked as a teacher trainer for classes 1 ½ years old to 4 and on up, developing curriculum for their various programs. During this time I produced/wrote/recorded a series of mostly original children’s songs and two music video collections for the company, ECC Foreign Language Institute (a large English conversation school chain), on which I played all the instruments and did all the vocals myself. Since moving to Portland in April 2015 I’ve performed the summer and fall concert series with the Portland Wind Symphony, Hillsboro Symphony, Portland Civic Orchestra, for Nike at the 2016 Olympic trials in Eugene and at WineUp on Williams and many many more.

Jessica D.

Jessica D. is a voice teacher here at Bach to Rock. She first started singing at the age of 3 and has been involved in many choirs and music ensembles throughout her life. She is an opera and musical theater singer primarily but also loves singing and teaching rock, pop, and many other genres. She has performed in multiple musicals and operas, her most recent being performing in The Little Prince for the Portland Opera Company. She attends Pacific University in Forest Grove and is currently finishing up a Bachelors in Vocal Performance. She has a passion for singing and teaching, and for working with singers of any age. Her philosophy is that no one is too young or too old to sing!

Joe P.

Joe P., Born in Wallowa Oregon, built his musical abilities in percussive instruments, guitar and piano before he enrolled in the Music Education program at Portland State University. At PSU he studied bassoon with Evan Khulmann and Carin Miller Packwood as well as conducting with Patrick Vandehey. Joe also learned to play trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, flute and many other instruments as part of the bachelor program. Currently, Joe teaches private lessons and classes at Bach to Rock as well as theory classes for Portland Youth Philharmonic while completing his bachelor's degree and preparing to earn his master's degree.

Kathy

Kathy has had the pleasure teaching music for over 25 years. She has taught general music classes at elementary schools and community schools in Houston, Boston and Rhode Island. While in RI, Kathy taught and developed music curriculums at The Wolf School for young students with hidden disabilities and The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School Early Childhood program. After moving to Oregon, she taught children’s choir and group music classes at the Community Music Center, Inc. and worked at PHAME Academy in Portland. Her mentors include early childhood music specialists Dr. Donna Brink-Fox and Faith Knowles and she studied piano with Carolyn Johnson, Patricia Arden, Liz Wolf and Irwin Gelber. Kathy began playing piano at age six and began her formal music training at Booker Visual & Performing Arts High School, receiving top prizes and talent scholarship awards at several piano competitions throughout Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in music education from the Eastman School of Music and holds a Master’s degree in piano performance from The Boston Conservatory. Mrs. Niguidula is also freelance accompanist and has worked with vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles. She has performed as a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra and has accompanied the Barrington Chamber Singers, the Junior Providence Singers, The Boston Conservatory Vocal Chamber Ensemble and worked as staff accompanist at the Winchester Community School of Music. Kathy has also worked as music director and organist at various churches.

Kelly A

Kelly A. recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Valparaiso University in Indiana. She mainly teaches piano and voice, though she also loves to play flute and marimba! She loves performing in a cappella groups and accompanying others’ performances. She also recently got married - her best pictures are from that day!

Ken B.

Ken B. sang his first solo on stage as a preschooler, wrote his first song in kindergarten, and has been following the muse ever since. A professional musician and music educator for over 20 years, Ken is a magna cum laude B.S. graduate of Indiana University with a minor in music technology. His experience includes choir director, band leader, lead vocalist, lead guitarist, bassist, drummer, songwriter, recording engineer, mix engineer, FOH engineer, and more. Ken is currently the Music Director for Torchsong Entertainment, a local community theater company that writes, produces, and performs original musical theater in Portland.

Mike W.

Mike W. began playing the drums at age 8. His family began searching for an instructor after he was captivated by the marching snare drummers in the local parades at the age of five, but was told to wait until age ten to start lessons; continuing private lessons until after college. Mike attended San Jose State University and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Music with a Jazz Percussion Performance emphasis. He also has associates degrees in Park Management and Liberal Arts. Mike has played drums with many bands and theater groups, receiving scholarships and awards for music. In college, Mike followed a music recording tract along with Jazz Performance. He subsequently had a 13 year career in live sound production and recording. Mike worked with many professional audio firms around the San Francisco Bay Area including UltraSound-ProMedia, the Grateful Dead’s former sound company. He also worked in audio production for sports broadcasts for radio including traveling with the SF 49ers for a season. Mike’s philosophy about learning to play music: Music is a discipline that should be instructed and studied in a fun and passionate fashion. Along with teaching part time at B2R, Mike is a professional with California State Parks and is a devoted and proud husband and father.

Paige S.

Paige S. was born and raised in Tualatin, Oregon. Starting in grade school choir, Paige gained a love for singing. In middle school she was introduced to piano and violin, and her love for instruments was started. As she has gone through her education, she has had the privilege to sing in Tualatin High school's Concert choir and more recently Portland State's Soprano/Alto choir, "Thorns". Her main area of teaching is Vocal. Paige is currently finishing up her Bachelor's of Music Education and will be continuing on to get her Master's in Music Education in the summer of 2020. Through Portland State University Paige has learned a wide variety of instruments including but not limited to: guitar, violin, viola, cello, piano, wind and brass instruments.

Reuben G.

Reuben G. has been enamored with music since his childhood days in Arizona via his parents love for motown and doo-wop music. By the time he discovered the Beach Boys and The Beatles in 5th grade his fate had been set in music. He self taught himself the guitar he received in 7th grade and went on to tech himself bass, piano, harmonica and drums by his sophomore year. Reuben is an instructor at the Bach to Rock at Tanasbourne who specializes in private drum lessons, guitar lessons, bass lessons, audio engineering, ukulele/ mandolin, voice, DJ and full band instruction. Reuben is originally from Mesa, AZ where he found his passion for writing and arranging music while performing in his own band, The Corduroys. After finishing school at The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences Reuben moved to Portland where he interned at Cascade Record Pressing Plant and various sound recording studios, later going to work for Pacific Soundtracks Studios as a sound engineer for indie movies, television series, live performances and music compilations. Outside of B2B Reuben has his own recording studio where he freelances; A DJ business, and contracts with Video Tech Services as a live Audio/Video Technician. When not working you can find him at the record store searching for killer vinyl or out on the town with his wife singing karaoke.

Sam L.

Sam L. is a member of the Bach to Rock team at Tanasbourne, who specializes in private drum lessons, guitar lessons, bass lessons, audio engineering and full band instruction! Sam is originally from Boise, recently graduated from OSU in Corvallis, and moved to Portland a few months ago. Outside of B2R, Sam plays drums in a band called The Wrented and works as an audio engineer with bands and studios all over Western Oregon and Idaho, as well as video crews in his company Two Cent Productions. Sam enjoys any sort of music that makes him think, a few of his current favorite bands being Electric Light Orchestra, Mini Mansions, Wilco, Soft Hair and many more. If you have any questions about drums, guitar, recording, gigging, or just want to jam feel free to pull Sam aside anytime!

Why B2R?

  • Individual instruction with proprietary curriculum
  • Students are motivated by playing with others in a band
  • A band builds teamwork, develops social skills, fosters self-esteem and leads to lasting friendships.
  • Everyone learns faster playing music they like
  • Students are motivated to learn when they see early results
  • Introducing very young children to music supports cognitive development and motor skills.

B2R Curriculum

  • A well-balanced music education consists of Music Theory, Technique and Repertoire.
  • Students learn faster playing music they like.
  • Simplified versions of modern songs allow students to see results more quickly.
  • Audio recordings of each simplified arrangement are available to students. This allows them to hear how their part should sound.
  • Lessons are catered to the needs of each student's learning style.