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Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Mallory Livingston

Executive Director / Piano Instructor

Ms. Mallory Livingston began taking private music lessons at the age of 8, and continued training through her elementary school and high school careers. This eventually led to a Bachelor of Music at Eastern Oregon University, majoring in music and minoring in theatre.

Teaching music consistently since 2007-2008, she brings skill and expertise to every music lesson.

She enjoys working with all ages, but now specializes in children three to six years old.

Ms. Livingston teaches with a classical focus, and incorporates solid music theory training, technique, classical repertoire, performance, and music history into training with each student.

Ms Livingston considers tailored teaching to each student’s learning style of utmost importance – for every individual is different. She ensures to explain and demonstrates each concept in a variety of ways that each specific student can connect and understand.

Ms. Mallory Livingston began taking private music lessons at the age of 8, and continued training through her elementary school and high school careers. This eventually led to a Bachelor of Music at Eastern Oregon University, majoring in music and minoring in theatre.

Teaching music consistently since 2007-2008, she brings skill and expertise to every music lesson.

She enjoys working with all ages, but now specializes in children three to six years old.

Ms. Livingston teaches with a classical focus, and incorporates solid music theory training, technique, classical repertoire, performance, and music history into training with each student.

Ms Livingston considers tailored teaching to each student’s learning style of utmost importance – for every individual is different. She ensures to explain and demonstrates each concept in a variety of ways that each specific student can connect and understand.

Brandon Franko

voice instructor

 

He is a graduate student at Western Oregon University. He has a bachelors degree in vocal performance and audio production, and is currently working on his masters degree in vocal performance focusing in jazz and pop music. 

In his free time, Brandon likes to compose and arrange his own music, as well as professionally record for himself and others. He has recorded several songs of his own and has been the recording engineer behind some other local artists’ projects. 

He is a firm believer that confidence and fun are two major keys to performing, and pledges to give his students whatever they need in order to feel confident and have fun on stage.

He is a graduate student at Western Oregon University. He has a bachelors degree in vocal performance and audio production, and is currently working on his masters degree in vocal performance focusing in jazz and pop music. 

In his free time, Brandon likes to compose and arrange his own music, as well as professionally record for himself and others. He has recorded several songs of his own and has been the recording engineer behind some other local artists’ projects. 

He is a firm believer that confidence and fun are two major keys to performing, and pledges to give his students whatever they need in order to feel confident and have fun on stage.

Melody Morrison

Piano Instructor

 

She is a recent graduate of the Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy program at University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music.

During her time at U of I, Morrison won the 2016-17 University of Idaho Concerto Competition and the 2016-17 Washington-Idaho Symphony’s Young Artist Competition. As a result, Melody was given the opportunity to perform with the Washington Idaho Symphony as a guest soloist during the 2017-18 concert season.

She has been playing piano since the age of 5 and has been teaching private lessons since 2011.

Melody uses all of her past and present musical experiences to enhance her teaching in creative approaches and aims for each student to learn about and love music, while having fun along the way. She has taught students ages ranging anywhere from ages 3-70 and has taught styles from baroque to modern pop.

Melody believes in continual growth as a teacher and musician and is currently taking lessons from Dr. Thomas Otten. In August 2018, she participated in Chetham’s Summer School for Pianists in Manchester, UK, where she received classes from master teachers from around the world.

She is a recent graduate of the Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy program at University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music.

During her time at U of I, Morrison won the 2016-17 University of Idaho Concerto Competition and the 2016-17 Washington-Idaho Symphony’s Young Artist Competition. As a result, Melody was given the opportunity to perform with the Washington Idaho Symphony as a guest soloist during the 2017-18 concert season.

She has been playing piano since the age of 5 and has been teaching private lessons since 2011.

Melody uses all of her past and present musical experiences to enhance her teaching in creative approaches and aims for each student to learn about and love music, while having fun along the way. She has taught students ages ranging anywhere from ages 3-70 and has taught styles from baroque to modern pop.

Melody believes in continual growth as a teacher and musician and is currently taking lessons from Dr. Thomas Otten. In August 2018, she participated in Chetham’s Summer School for Pianists in Manchester, UK, where she received classes from master teachers from around the world.

Trevor Fischer

Guitar, Cello, Ukelele &
Base Guitar instructor

He is a composition and instrumental performance major at WOU, and possess 9 years of musical experience on the cello and guitar.

Throughout his years of involvement in music, Trevor has played in All City Orchestra, Salem Youth Symphony, Salem Philharmonia Orchestra, and has been inducted into the International Thespian Society for his contribution to the musicals put on by McKay High School.

Trevor also has experience playing bass guitar, baroque guitar, baroque cello, ukulele, violin, mandolin, and piano, and has played music genres spanning from classical and metal, to jazz and samba.

Trevor currently plays guitar in an alternative band (The Ferenjis), and aspires to compose and arrange music for films like Interstellar and Whiplash, while still expanding his knowledge of music theory and performance skills.

He hopes not only to pass on his knowledge to his students, but also wants to inspire the youth to find their voice within music to create a personalized relationship with art. Whether the student wants to master repertoire, write their own song, or learn a song for fun, Trevor plans to provide the essential tools to make it happen.

He is a composition and instrumental performance major at WOU, and possess 9 years of musical experience on the cello and guitar.

Throughout his years of involvement in music, Trevor has played in All City Orchestra, Salem Youth Symphony, Salem Philharmonia Orchestra, and has been inducted into the International Thespian Society for his contribution to the musicals put on by McKay High School.

Trevor also has experience playing bass guitar, baroque guitar, baroque cello, ukulele, violin, mandolin, and piano, and has played music genres spanning from classical and metal, to jazz and samba.

Trevor currently plays guitar in an alternative band (The Ferenjis), and aspires to compose and arrange music for films like Interstellar and Whiplash, while still expanding his knowledge of music theory and performance skills.

He hopes not only to pass on his knowledge to his students, but also wants to inspire the youth to find their voice within music to create a personalized relationship with art. Whether the student wants to master repertoire, write their own song, or learn a song for fun, Trevor plans to provide the essential tools to make it happen.

Michelle Reed

Violin & Viola Instructor

 

She began studying the violin 17 years ago in elementary school orchestra. After quickly falling in love with the voice of this instrument, she pursued private instruction, and constantly sought out more opportunities to play.

Over the years this led to her involvement in several Klamath Falls string quartets and trios, performance in the Klamath Symphony, the Ross Ragland Theatre Pit Orchestra, and the Western Oregon Symphony. 

Ms. Reed believes in exploring the full range and power of the violin, and strives to understand each student’s individual strengths and struggles with this instrument.

In her lessons she prioritize helping each student develop a personal sense of musicality through exposure to a generous variety of styles and sounds. She intends to inspire dedication through meaningful practice, helping students establish essential technical foundations, a well-rounded understanding of musical concepts, and a passion to reach new goals each week, month, and year!

“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the divine.”  -Ludwig Van Beethoven

She began studying the violin 17 years ago in elementary school orchestra. After quickly falling in love with the voice of this instrument, she pursued private instruction, and constantly sought out more opportunities to play.

Over the years this led to her involvement in several Klamath Falls string quartets and trios, performance in the Klamath Symphony, the Ross Ragland Theatre Pit Orchestra, and the Western Oregon Symphony. 

Ms. Reed believes in exploring the full range and power of the violin, and strives to understand each student’s individual strengths and struggles with this instrument.

In her lessons she prioritize helping each student develop a personal sense of musicality through exposure to a generous variety of styles and sounds. She intends to inspire dedication through meaningful practice, helping students establish essential technical foundations, a well-rounded understanding of musical concepts, and a passion to reach new goals each week, month, and year!

“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the divine.”  -Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ethan Keleher

Piano Instructor

 

Choir is an integral part of Ethan Keleher’s music life; he was a part of the choir program throughout his high school career. While in Symphonic Choir, Ethan was a section leader, part-time accompanist, and directed the choir on occasion. At his Homecoming Assembly he directed the choir for the school of two-thousand students. In the vocal jazz group, Twilighters, he worked hard in becoming co-president. As High School came to an end, the school principal, Tony Vicknair, represented him to the McMinnville division of the Rotary Club as the recipient of the “Outstanding Vocal Musician” award. 

In High School, Mr. Keleher played for the McMinnville Symphonic Choir at Graduation junior year and has participated in a number of productions hosted by the Gallery Theatre in McMinnville, OR. He now performs regularly at Western Oregon University with the Western Oregon Voices and Western Oregon Chamber Singers. At WOU, Ethan also works as a pianist for student recitals and accompanies Voice juries. 

Through humble beginnings in being primarily self taught, his drive for music became purely out of passion. Other educators Ethan has worked with include: Elizabeth Hall, Elizabeth Pullen, Robin Pederson, Dana Libonati, Cindy Dicken, Dr. Cassio Vianna, Dr. Claire Hudkins and Dr. James Reddan. 

As a teacher, Ethan aims to inspire passion in his students through: aural skills, general technique and basic music theory. Ethan’s passion for music is what drives and connects him to others.

Choir is an integral part of Ethan Keleher’s music life; he was a part of the choir program throughout his high school career. While in Symphonic Choir, Ethan was a section leader, part-time accompanist, and directed the choir on occasion. At his Homecoming Assembly he directed the choir for the school of two-thousand students. In the vocal jazz group, Twilighters, he worked hard in becoming co-president. As High School came to an end, the school principal, Tony Vicknair, represented him to the McMinnville division of the Rotary Club as the recipient of the “Outstanding Vocal Musician” award. 

In High School, Mr. Keleher played for the McMinnville Symphonic Choir at Graduation junior year and has participated in a number of productions hosted by the Gallery Theatre in McMinnville, OR. He now performs regularly at Western Oregon University with the Western Oregon Voices and Western Oregon Chamber Singers. At WOU, Ethan also works as a pianist for student recitals and accompanies Voice juries. 

Through humble beginnings in being primarily self taught, his drive for music became purely out of passion. Other educators Ethan has worked with include: Elizabeth Hall, Elizabeth Pullen, Robin Pederson, Dana Libonati, Cindy Dicken, Dr. Cassio Vianna, Dr. Claire Hudkins and Dr. James Reddan. 

As a teacher, Ethan aims to inspire passion in his students through: aural skills, general technique and basic music theory. Ethan’s passion for music is what drives and connects him to others.

Kaylie VanOcker

Trumpet/Guitar/Ukelele Instructor

 

She has been involved in music since she was very young. Beginning piano lessons at 5 years old, her interests expanded into the guitar and trumpet when she entered middle school. Through grades 6-12, she participated in several ensembles, and performed at various jazz festivals including the Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest in Moscow, Idaho. 

Kailey attended college at Eastern Oregon University. While there, she took private trumpet, guitar, and vocal lessons. Kailey also performed in many musical groups including brass quintets, women’s choir, drum line, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, and bluegrass ensemble. 

Besides giving music lessons at NWSM, Kailey is currently involved in a music project called Sum People. She is also working on obtaining an MFA in creative writing. 

Jake Cokeley

Piano & Composition instructor

 

He began studying classical piano in 1993 while finishing high school in New Haven, CT. At that time, he also studied music theory and composition at Yale University.

These early experiences gave Jake a strong foundation throughout his musical career. He spent many years in Chicago where he wrote and performed music for a small three piece group.

In 2004, Jake moved to Tiennen Belgium where he also played with several small groups for about three years: before returning to the States in 2007.

Jake began teaching locally a little under two years ago. He is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Composition at Western Oregon University. He plans to continue his education by pursuing a graduate degree as well as maintaining a healthy studio of individual students with private lessons.

He began studying classical piano in 1993 while finishing high school in New Haven, CT. At that time, he also studied music theory and composition at Yale University.

These early experiences gave Jake a strong foundation throughout his musical career. He spent many years in Chicago where he wrote and performed music for a small three piece group.

In 2004, Jake moved to Tiennen Belgium where he also played with several small groups for about three years: before returning to the States in 2007.

Jake began teaching locally a little under two years ago. He is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Composition at Western Oregon University. He plans to continue his education by pursuing a graduate degree as well as maintaining a healthy studio of individual students with private lessons.

Jake Cokeley

Piano & Composition Instructor

He began studying classical piano in 1993 while finishing high school in New Haven, CT. At that time, he also studied music theory and composition at Yale University.

These early experiences gave Jake a strong foundation throughout his musical career. He spent many years in Chicago where he wrote and performed music for a small three piece group.

In 2004, Jake moved to Tiennen Belgium where he also played with several small groups for about three years: before returning to the States in 2007.

Jake began teaching locally a little under two years ago. He is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Composition at Western Oregon University. He plans to continue his education by pursuing a graduate degree as well as maintaining a healthy studio of individual students with private lessons.

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