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Meet Our Staff

Mallory Livingston (B.M)

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 (M.M)

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.

Evie Herndon (M.M)

Piano Instructor

 

She began taking private piano lessons at age 7, once her mom “caught” her playing a song by ear that she had heard on the ice cream truck.  Although she is classically trained, she grew up favoring improvisation, songwriting, and playing “by ear” over her classical studies. 

These hobbies (that sometimes interfered with her classical practice!) informed her jam sessions with numerous bands, as well as her own songwriting career.  She has recorded two albums of original music (and can be found on iTunes as “Evie Haskell”) and has won several songwriting competitions.  She continues to write and perform locally today.

She graduated with her BA in Music in 2006 and is currently obtaining her masters in music education from the University of Oregon.  She has taught hundreds of students, ages 1.5-70, in Kindermusik classes, elementary schools, junior high and high school ensembles, glee clubs, and private and group piano lessons.

 

She believes in a creative, holistic approach to teaching music.  Her classes and private lessons are active, playful, and complete, as she uses games and movement to accomplish a fun and thorough approach to music.  Her lessons give students training in music literacy, performance, theory, technique, and improvisation/songwriting. 

Her aim as a teacher is to cultivate love and literacy of music for life in each student she instructs.  

 

She began taking private piano lessons at age 7, once her mom “caught” her playing a song by ear that she had heard on the ice cream truck.  Although she is classically trained, she grew up favoring improvisation, songwriting, and playing “by ear” over her classical studies. 

These hobbies (that sometimes interfered with her classical practice!) informed her jam sessions with numerous bands, as well as her own songwriting career.  She has recorded two albums of original music (and can be found on iTunes as “Evie Haskell”) and has won several songwriting competitions.

She continues to write and perform locally today.

She graduated with her BA in Music in 2006 and is currently obtaining her masters in music education from the University of Oregon.  She has taught hundreds of students, ages 1.5-70, in Kindermusik classes, elementary schools, junior high and high school ensembles, glee clubs, and private and group piano lessons.

 

She believes in a creative, holistic approach to teaching music.  Her classes and private lessons are active, playful, and complete, as she uses games and movement to accomplish a fun and thorough approach to music.  Her lessons give students training in music literacy, performance, theory, technique, and improvisation/songwriting. 

Her aim as a teacher is to cultivate love and literacy of music for life in each student she instructs.  

Trevor Fischer (B.M)

Guitar, Cello, Ukelele &
Bass 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.

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Albert Romero (M.A.T)

Albert Romero (M.A.T)

Violin & Viola Instructor
Fluent in English and Español ​

 

Albert Romero graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Violin Performance/Western Musical Practice and an MA from the California Institute of the Arts, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from the Longy School of Music/Bard College program.

With nearly two decades of professional performance experience, Mr. Albert has recorded with major motion picture studios in Los Angeles and has performed with many local orchestras including Orchestra Santa Monica, Santa Monica Symphony, Brentwood-Westwood Symphony, West LA Symphony, Corona Symphony, Whittier Regional Orchestra, Dream Orchestra, Opera Santa Barbara, and others.

He has worked with artists such as Dionne Warwick while with YMF Debut Orchestra and is featured in a DVD recording Jazz and the New Song Book, Live at the Madrid Theater with Carmen Lundy.

Albert first started teaching with the Community Arts Partnership while a student at CalArts and continued as a private and group violin teacher with many local schools and community programs. He enjoys teaching all ages. He instills passion in his students’ own playing and is committed to students finding their own voice and style, but most importantly, he helps his students build a beautiful tone. He believes the more students love their sound, the more they will want to play and practice on a daily basis.

 

Albert Romero graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Violin Performance/Western Musical Practice and an MA from the California Institute of the Arts, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from the Longy School of Music/Bard College program.

With nearly two decades of professional performance experience, Mr. Albert has recorded with major motion picture studios in Los Angeles and has performed with many local orchestras including Orchestra Santa Monica, Santa Monica Symphony, Brentwood-Westwood Symphony, West LA Symphony, Corona Symphony, Whittier Regional Orchestra, Dream Orchestra, Opera Santa Barbara, and others.

He has worked with artists such as Dionne Warwick while with YMF Debut Orchestra and is featured in a DVD recording Jazz and the New Song Book, Live at the Madrid Theater with Carmen Lundy.

Albert first started teaching with the Community Arts Partnership while a student at CalArts and continued as a private and group violin teacher with many local schools and community programs. He enjoys teaching all ages. He instills passion in his students’ own playing and is committed to students finding their own voice and style, but most importantly, he helps his students build a beautiful tone. He believes the more students love their sound, the more they will want to play and practice on a daily basis.

Noah Miller

Dance Instructor

 
 
Noah is a student at Western Oregon University studying music education with a concentration in voice. He was a competitive dancer and singer with Van De Veere Productions for 8 years and has been a choreographer, teacher, and audio editor since 2016. He had the opportunity to participate in dozens of performing competitions and other events in the PNW, including musical theater productions such as Footloose and Little Women. His favorite forms of dance are contemporary and hip-hop, but he has formal training in many others and loves teaching students new combinations. 
 

Noah has played piano for over a decade and has experience with many different genres, including jazz, pop, and varying common practice music. He has played as both an accompanist and solo pianist, but his favorite piano endeavor has been playing in the rhythm section for a JV jazz choir. 

He also has formal and collegiate training in vocal pedagogy and spends a lot of time singing in ensembles, honing his vocal technique, and focusing on healthy habits across many different styles. As a performer and student, Noah has worked with prominent vocal figures such as Deke Sharon, Greta Matassa, New York Voices, and Adrienne Angel. 
 

In his free time, Noah enjoys caring for his pets, making music, and spending time with his closest friends.

 
 
Noah is a student at Western Oregon University studying music education with a concentration in voice. He was a competitive dancer and singer with Van De Veere Productions for 8 years and has been a choreographer, teacher, and audio editor since 2016. He had the opportunity to participate in dozens of performing competitions and other events in the PNW, including musical theater productions such as Footloose and Little Women. His favorite forms of dance are contemporary and hip-hop, but he has formal training in many others and loves teaching students new combinations. 
 

Noah has played piano for over a decade and has experience with many different genres, including jazz, pop, and varying common practice music. He has played as both an accompanist and solo pianist, but his favorite piano endeavor has been playing in the rhythm section for a JV jazz choir. 

He also has formal and collegiate training in vocal pedagogy and spends a lot of time singing in ensembles, honing his vocal technique, and focusing on healthy habits across many different styles. As a performer and student, Noah has worked with prominent vocal figures such as Deke Sharon, Greta Matassa, New York Voices, and Adrienne Angel. 
 

In his free time, Noah enjoys caring for his pets, making music, and spending time with his closest friends.

 

Noah Miller

Dance Instructor

Noah is a student at Western Oregon University studying music education with a concentration in voice. He was a competitive dancer and singer with Van De Veere Productions for 8 years and has been a choreographer, teacher, and audio editor since 2016. He had the opportunity to participate in dozens of performing competitions and other events in the PNW, including musical theater productions such as Footloose and Little Women. His favorite forms of dance are contemporary and hip-hop, but he has formal training in many others and loves teaching students new combinations.  

Noah has played piano for over a decade and has experience with many different genres, including jazz, pop, and varying common practice music. He has played as both an accompanist and solo pianist, but his favorite piano endeavor has been playing in the rhythm section for a JV jazz choir. 

He also has formal and collegiate training in vocal pedagogy and spends a lot of time singing in ensembles, honing his vocal technique, and focusing on healthy habits across many different styles. As a performer and student, Noah has worked with prominent vocal figures such as Deke Sharon, Greta Matassa, New York Voices, and Adrienne Angel. 

In his free time, Noah enjoys caring for his pets, making music, and spending time with his closest friends.

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Kathryn Powers (B.M)

Guitar, Ukulele, Voice, and Beginning Piano Instructor

Kathryn attended Umpqua Community College and Western Oregon University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in vocal performance studies. During her time at these institutions, she worked with various genres of music, mentors, and private instructors.

In her free time, Kathryn enjoys working on DIY projects and is currently in the process of renovating her home.
She also enjoys jam sessions with her friends and composing her own music.

She believes that students should feel comfortable and have fun during their lesson. 

Kathryn is passionate about helping students achieve their personal goals and tailors each lesson to their individual needs and interests

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Kathryn Powers (B.M)

Guitar, Ukulele, Voice,
and Beginning Piano Instructor

Kathryn attended Umpqua Community College and Western Oregon University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in vocal performance studies. During her time at these institutions, she worked with various genres of music, mentors, and private instructors.

In her free time, Kathryn enjoys working on DIY projects and is currently in the process of renovating her home.
She also enjoys jam sessions with her friends and composing her own music.

She believes that students should feel comfortable and have fun during their lesson. 

Kathryn is passionate about helping students achieve their personal goals and tailors each lesson to their individual needs and interests

Bettine Rehr-Zimmermann (M.M)

Violin Instructor

Bettine Zimmermann started violin at the age of 5 and grew up performing in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and Portland Youth Philharmonic. She recently graduated from Oregon State with a masters degree in Music Education and is the manager of the Corvallis Youth Symphony Association.
 
Throughout college, Bettine performed in the Corvallis Symphony and soloed numerous concertos with orchestra. She teaches string classes throughout the Corvallis district and enjoys working with students of all age groups.
 
Bettine is passionate about teaching classical music and exploring the music of many different composers.
 
She enjoys teaching students a large variety of repertoire and encourages students to set goals as they work towards new skills on their instruments.

Bettine Rehr-Zimmermann (M.M)

Violin Instructor

Bettine Zimmermann started violin at the age of 5 and grew up performing in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and Portland Youth Philharmonic. She recently graduated from Oregon State with a masters degree in Music Education and is the manager of the Corvallis Youth Symphony Association.
 
Throughout college, Bettine performed in the Corvallis Symphony and soloed numerous concertos with orchestra. She teaches string classes throughout the Corvallis district and enjoys working with students of all age groups.
 
Bettine is passionate about teaching classical music and exploring the music of many different composers.
 
She enjoys teaching students a large variety of repertoire and encourages students to set goals as they work towards new skills on their instruments.
Bettine Zimmermann started violin at the age of 5 and grew up performing in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and Portland Youth Philharmonic. She recently graduated from Oregon State with a masters degree in Music Education and is the manager of the Corvallis Youth Symphony Association.
 
Throughout college, Bettine performed in the Corvallis Symphony and soloed numerous concertos with orchestra. She teaches string classes throughout the Corvallis district and enjoys working with students of all age groups.
 
Bettine is passionate about teaching classical music and exploring the music of many different composers.
 
She enjoys teaching students a large variety of repertoire and encourages students to set goals as they work towards new skills on their instruments.

Haley Boyer (B.A)

Brass Instructor

Haley graduated from Chapman University with a B.M in Music Education, specializing in instrumental students and music. She has over 13 years of brass experience, including orchestras, wind bands, jazz bands, jazz combos, brass quintets, and solo performing. 
 
She is prepared and enthusiastic to teach students of any age. 
 
She brings a careful and experienced ear to each lesson, and believes that respecting a student’s boundaries and learning style is the most important step in learning to love and enjoy music. 
 
Classically trained, Haley brings a classical emphasis to her lessons, including firm foundations in music theory, technique, history, physics, and performance. 

Haley Boyer (B.A)

Brass Instructor

Haley graduated from Chapman University with a B.M in Music Education, specializing in instrumental students and music. She has over 13 years of brass experience, including orchestras, wind bands, jazz bands, jazz combos, brass quintets, and solo performing. 
 
She is prepared and enthusiastic to teach students of any age. 
 
She brings a careful and experienced ear to each lesson, and believes that respecting a student’s boundaries and learning style is the most important step in learning to love and enjoy music. 
 
Classically trained, Haley brings a classical emphasis to her lessons, including firm foundations in music theory, technique, history, physics, and performance. 

Haley Boyer (B.A)

Brass Instructor

Haley graduated from Chapman University with a B.M in Music Education, specializing in instrumental students and music. She has over 13 years of brass experience, including orchestras, wind bands, jazz bands, jazz combos, brass quintets, and solo performing. 
 
She is prepared and enthusiastic to teach students of any age. 
 
She brings a careful and experienced ear to each lesson, and believes that respecting a student’s boundaries and learning style is the most important step in learning to love and enjoy music. 
 
Classically trained, Haley brings a classical emphasis to her lessons, including firm foundations in music theory, technique, history, physics, and performance. 

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