Faculty



Krista Aasland

Flute and Piano
Krista Aasland began her music career at Boise State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music, Magna Cum Laude. 

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Brent Barnett

Drums
Brent Barnett is a Bend local with over 30 years of performance experience behind the drum set playing in bands that range from Reggae, Hip-Hop, Blues, and Americana.

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John Allen

Upright and Electric Bass
Bassist John Allen has been grooving the Central Oregon music scene since 1998.  His versatility is evident in the genres that he plays (jazz, classical and pop) and that he plays both upright & electric bass.

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Scott Baber

Central Oregon Recording Engineer
Scott Baber has been taking local singer/songwriters ideas to the next level for over 5 years. He has more than 15 years of musicianship and music theory knowledge on multiple instruments as well as for voice.

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Julia Bastuscheck

Violin & Viola
Julia Bastuscheck moved to Bend in September 2009 after retiring from a 21-year career teaching beginning strings and orchestra in Juneau, Alaska.

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Jay Bednorz

Cello
Jay began her musical journey on the piano bench at age 5 followed by adding the flute at age 10 and cello at age 14.  Playing the cello became her favorite instrument and she has maintained that love ever since! 

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Rick Buckley

Piano
Rick took his first piano lesson in Norfolk VA. back in the late 60s before moving to Chicago where he became a part of the progressive rock scene over the next 20 years.

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Seth Burrows

Guitar and Cascade Jazz Ensemble
Originally from Breckenridge, Colorado, Seth has been playing guitar for 30 years and teaching for 25 years. Having graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Seth believes in inspiring his students to become great musicians, not just great guitar players.

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Ali Bylund

Clarinet
Ali Bylund was raised in Bend, Oregon and has studied clarinet for over fifteen years. She attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon where she studied Clarinet Performance with Professor Dunja Jennings.  

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Amy Conklin

Kindermusik and Youth Enrichment Programs, Piano, and Voice
Amy Conklin has been taking piano lessons since she was 6 years old and has taught private piano lessons since 2014. 

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Lindsey Elias

Drums
Lindsey Elias has been playing and performing the drum set for the past twenty two years. She has been a fundamental part of the local central Oregon music scene since she was a young adult. In two decades she has perfected her craft from live performances to studio recordings, and being a hired professional.

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Matt Fletcher

Central Oregon Recording Engineer
Matthew Fletcher is a 2004 graduate of the Musicians Institute of Hollywood Recording Arts program where he was trained in professional studios. 

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Scott Foxx

Guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo
Scott Foxx is a lifetime professional musician. He studied classical guitar as a music major at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

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Matt Gwinup

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, and Piano
Matt Gwinup started his musical life at age five, on the piano, which he continued to study until age sixteen. During those years he participated in numerous festivals and competitions, mostly in Bend, Oregon where he grew up. 

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Kenny Hadden

Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, and Ukulele
Kenny holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a Master of Education in Teacher Leadership. Primarily an acoustic guitarist and singer, Kenny has spent his career teaching music to students of all ages. 

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Jonathan Harnum

Trumpet, Guitar, Percussion, Djembe, Conga, Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, and French Horn
Jon has a BA (U of O), MA and Ph.D. (Northwestern University) in music education, and has taught in public schools and privately for over 25 years.

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Barbara Hogstad

Kindermusik Program
Barbara is a licensed Kindermusik instructor with over 30 years experience working with young children.  An active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Barbara is a much loved educator who has positively influenced hundreds of children and parents during her nine years at our school.

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Ginny Hollon

Fiddle and Violin
Ginny Hollon has been teaching and performing on the violin for many years. Her primary emphasis is in teaching through traditional fiddle tunes that catch the ear and are fun to play. In addition to providing private lessons for students of all ages, Ginny also teaches beginning violin classes and co-teaches the inter-generational Bluegrass Jam. 

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Meagan Iverson

Piano
Meagan Iverson holds degrees in piano performance and theory and taught private music lessons in southern Oregon for many years emphasizing music theory, piano lessons, and audition coaching for teenagers and adults. 

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Meshem Jackson

Percussion and Drums
Meshem Jackson has been studying and performing drums and percussion since the age of ten. He has performed and recorded as a professional musician with dozens of jazz, funk, soul, rock, alternative, pop, country, reggae, and blues bands. 

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Amy James

Kindermusik Program
Amy is a licensed Kindermusik teacher who holds a Masters degree in teaching from George Fox University as well as a BA in Communication Arts.   Miss Amy is dedicated to educating parents and teachers on the importance of music for their young children.

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Randy McRill

Guitar
Randy McRill holds a Master of Music degree in Composition from California State University, Fullerton, where he also studied piano. Having been a guitarist since youth, he has been in many bands and began songwriting at a young age.

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Carson Perl

Upright Bass and Piano
Carson started studying music at the Cascade School of Music in the 4th grade and is now a local college student with notable musical experience and aspirations for a career in music technology.

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Eric Phillips

Percussion and Drums
Eric began studying musical instruments at the age of four, and progressed to private piano study at the age of six. At the age of ten, he discovered his desire to play the drums, and has been playing ever since.

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Eddy Robinson

Upright Bass, Cello, and Violin
Eddy Robinson was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. He began playing the bass at age 9. He attended Sprague High School in Salem and was a member of the Salem Youth Symphony between the ages of 11 and 18. 

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Sharon Schwatka

Violin and Piano
Sharon Schwatka grew up in a family of musicians right outside of San Diego, California and has been a professional musician from the early age of 14! Featured in the United Service Organizations, Sharon was blessed to have traveled across the nation, entertaining for active duty military and recruits.

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Michael Scott

Upright Bass, Cello, and Violin
Michael Scott has been a professional musician for 44 years, including 25 years as an orchestra  teacher and elementary music teacher for Bend/Lapine schools.

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Brenda Simmons

Violin, Viola, and Cello
Brenda Simmons received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Eastern Washington School of Music in 1999 and her Masters of Music Education from Boston University in 2013. 

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Stephanie Slade

Voice
“I am not here to teach you how to sing. I am here to help you free that inner Rockstar so you can share it with the whole world!” 

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Rebecca Hillary Smith

Harp, Piano, and Ukulele
Rebecca Hilary Smith ("Becky") went to grade school in Sisters, high school in Redmond, and college at COCC before hopping the Cascades, graduating from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Music in 1986.

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Cullie Treichler

Voice
Cullen Marie—known as “Miss Cullie” to her students—says, “Teaching is my passion. It is a way of connecting with human beings in creative relationship.

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Hillary Van Gelder

Voice and Guitar
Hillary Van Gelder is a native of south Texas and moved to Bend in November 2015, where she lives with her husband and daughter.  Hillary began playing the acoustic guitar and songwriting at age 12.  She graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a B.A. in music with an emphasis in voice.

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Michelle Van Handel

Voice & Adult Vocal Jazz Program
Michelle is a graduate of the University of Oregon and the former Director of the University of Oregon Vocal Jazz Ensembles. She is a past winner of the Oregon Jazz Society's Best New Jazz vocalist award...

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Nathan Wegner

Saxophone & Rock U Program
Music has been a part of Nathan’s life since starting piano at the age of 7.  From playing saxophone in jazz ensembles to clarinet in symphonic ensembles Nathan tried to immerse himself in as many music projects as possible in his formative years.

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Eliza Zandonatti

Clarinet
Eliza Perkins has been classically trained on clarinet for eighteen years. She attended the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia during her youth where she studied under the direction of Old Dominion University’s clarinet professor Dennis Zeisler...

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