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.

Chris

Chris' passion for guitar and recording music began nearly two decades ago at the age of thirteen. Since then, Chris has spent countless hours on stage and in the studio writing, recording, producing and performing music. Chris received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Oregon School of Music. While studying at the University of Oregon, he developed an extensive knowledge of music theory and performed in multiple jazz ensembles. Once he completed his initial formal studies, Chris moved to Portland, Oregon and spent a number of years performing in several bands and ensembles. It was at this time, that he developed an additional passion for bass guitar. Chris’s interest in recording also resurfaced at this time when he became a staff engineer at Black Diamond Recording Studios. Here he produced, tracked, and mixed recordings for a variety of diverse musical artists. During this time he also developed an understanding of room acoustics and signal flow. After several years of working as an audio engineer and performing in Portland, Chris made the decision to further his education by pursuing a Master’s degree in New York University’s Music Technology program. While at NYU, Chris continued to hone his craft as an engineer and developed new skills through extensive studies in digital signal processing, psychoacoustics, and signal conversion. Following the completion of his Master’s thesis, Chris moved back to Oregon to use his knowledge to give back to the state that shaped the musician he is today."

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 OSO Fresh

DJ OSO Fresh - It started with the song “Planet Rock”. The moment DJ OSO Fresh heard this classic by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force his passion for DJing and music was ignited. Born in Portland Oregon DJ OSO Fresh soon discovered that music was unified people, regardless of race, color or gender. When his family moved to Northern California, in his early teenage years, OSO was exposed to the Powermixers on stations like KMEL and KSOL. He paid close attention to the smooth blends from song to song, never missing a beat. Since his mother didn’t quite understand his early fascination with music nor his innate ability to create, he funded his early career through odd jobs, a paper route and his weekly allowance. After acquiring a DJ Mixer for his 14th birthday, OSO refurbished two old Technics turntables and started mixing on a few 12” singles his uncle had left him before going to the service. From that point on the record store became weekly ritual, spending whatever cash he had on music. By the age of 19 he was selling music, later to become manager of a music store. While selling music OSO moved into music production releasing a few local singles with his group Deuce Deep and an EP with the Hip Hop collective US titled “In us we trust”. Upon returning to Portland OSO landed a job at a local recording studio, recording local R&B and hip hop acts. Then the radio bug bit him. OSO enrolled in Mount Hood Community College’s radio broadcasting program and was quickly picked up by a station. Within 2 years OSO was mixing on the radio and has since remained on the radio for the past 9 years. Syndicating mixes to other markets (Spokane, Boise, Seattle), all from his Portland based home studio. OSO broke new ground in the Portland market by being one of the few Mix Show DJs to ever become an “on-air” personality and simultaneously play as a DJ at the hottest clubs in Portland. Opening for acts like Ne-yo, Dave Chappelle, Pussy Cat Dolls, Pauly D, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Shaggy. OSO didn’t just stick to radio, he put his studio knowledge to work creating exclusive remixes, edits and music videos. You can hear him today on JAM'N 107.5 Now you know where it started and that same passion and desire is what motivates him to move crowds today

Ethan H.

Ethan H. started playing music on the piano at the early age of four and picked up the guitar at nine years old. Ever since then he has had a growing passion for the guitar and specifically the songwriting process. Through classical training he was able to feed that passion for music theory and apply it to his songwriting and live performance. Teaching soon become Ethan’s passion. He went from teaching his own private lessons in 2014 which included lessons at his home, to making instructional videos online, to renting out little studios in guitar shops before eventually finding Bach2Rock. He did whatever it took to keep teaching as a part of his life. As a performer, he shares Bach2Rock’s philosophy of the value in bringing the live performance perspective to music lessons. As of today, he plays in two active bands. In one of the groups he plays in he is the guitarist of an acoustic instrumental band that plays small local venues and in another group he plays as a bassist in a Portland metal band. His goal with students is to to share the same experience he had as a kid and make sure that if he see’s someone with musical inspiration, that he will never lose sight of what inspired them in the first place and he will help them find whatever they need to develop it whether it is cafe jazz or head-banging metal.

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 L.

Kelly L. 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.

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.