Director of Vocal/Choral Studies,
Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, Oregon
I am a natural born teacher. I love teaching college because at this age, students are generally attending school because they have a strong desire to learn. I am a firm believer in instilling and fostering inherent motivation in students. I also wish to encourage young students to find their own deepest authenticity in their lives and in their music. I believe I can teach students to be simultaneously creative and still learn the facts of music. In fact, I believe we are doing students a disservice to teach only form and theory, rules and logistics, making them wait until they've mastered a language until they can be creative. To be creative is to be alive and human and must be fostered in all areas of living, even while learning to play common progressions in all keys at the piano. It is true that if you haven't learned how to "say" anything in music through the use of melody, harmony and rhythm, that you probably won't have very much poignancy in your delivery. Yes, teach fundamentals in musical syntax, study and learn the language of Bach and Parker. But while doing this, allow some time in one's practice to develop a unique voice by improvising, playing with sound and learning to trust one's own inner genius. I am committed to this learning process with my students, my choirs and ensembles.
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Mainstream

Fall 2013

Clackamas Community College

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Kathleen_Hollingsworth 

InnerCurrent

Winter, 2014

Jeffrey, Brooke, Emmalyn, Celine, Kyle, Joe

Photo: Sasha Muller

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

VOJAZZ, 

2008-2010

Chamber Singers

Fall 2013

Clackamas Community College

photo: Sasha Muller

Here you will find links to videos of vocal ensembles I have directed over the last ten years. Most of these ensembles are comprised of college students, from either University of Miami or Washington State University. In addition to building community based choirs at festivals, I am working to bring a group singing experience to jazz festivals where many high school and college groups come to perform. I believe this sort of experiece will be powerful for young musicians who wish to pursue music as a career and life passion. My experience as a life-long student of music is often a model for young musicians, in particular, young singers. Below is a link to a youtube playlist with many groups I've directed, written and arranged for. 
University of Miami
Extensions, Fall 2010
San Francisco School of the Arts
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
2009