Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by Bonnie Kraxberger | Teachers
Phoebe Gildea is an active performer and passionate educator based in Portland. She is especially enthusiastic about teaching and performing storytelling through song. Phoebe’s number one goal as a teacher is for students to feel safe exploring music and themselves, so that they can grow equally in technique, confidence, and passion. She uses a balance of classical music technique and modern neuroscience-based teaching strategies to uncover each student’s unique voice. In addition to traditional private lessons, Phoebe has taught performance techniques, audition skills, and stage fright survival. As a performer, Phoebe has been praised for her vibrant voice, honest acting, and engaging stage presence. Favorite roles include Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Amalia (She Loves Me), Cathleen (Riders to the Sea), Emma (Jekyll & Hyde), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). An enterprising, self-directed artist, she has created and performed solo concerts at Jacqua Concert Hall and The Wildish Theater, which audience members have called “magical” and “riveting.” She has also presented recitals for the Junction City Arts Council, Concerts at First (Eugene, OR), The Old Church (Portland, OR), and Kirkman House Museum (Walla Walla, WA). Also an accomplished pianist, she is a 2016 Paderewski winner of the American College of Musicians. Her training includes two levels of teacher certification from the nationally renowned OperaWorks program. She is a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a trainee member of Andover Educators (body mapping). She holds a Bachelor of Music in voice performance and a concurrent Bachelor of Arts in music with a music history focus, both from Chapman University.
Phoebe joins Maestro Music in summer 2019. As her performance schedule varies on occasion, she will be one of our team teachers along with Lee & Bonnie.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by Bonnie Kraxberger | Teachers
Linda Lee Hopkins holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Boston University’s School of Fine Arts. As Master’s Candidate at New England Conservatory of Music, she premiered Payne’s Mass in D, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has sung four concert tours of Europe including Great Britain’s Chester Fringe Festival, and recently toured Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich with the Glory Singers.
Recipient of the Banff Academy of Singing’s Full-Vocal Scholarship, Banff, Alberta, Canada, Lee sang with New York composer John Cage in his Canadian premiere of Songbooks I and II. She moved to Seattle in 1985 to sing with the Seattle Opera. There she met her husband, Dave; they relocated to Portland, Oregon, in 1989 where she opened her studio to teach all styles of music for all ages. Lee worked as member of the Buffalo Gals/ Voce Bella ensemble; later premiered with the A. Laska Dancers in Jack Gabel’s multimedia event Lamentatio; and sang Gary Noland’s Verborgenheit at the opening of the National Association of Composers/ USA symposium hosted by Portland’s Cascadia Composers.
Lee’s specialty is the care of the singer’s voice; she demonstrated proper Improvisation technique for the Performing Arts Medical Conference 2005. Her love for ensembles led to work with the Bach Cantata Choir, Der Leiderkreis, and Novum Chamber Singers, and she currently performs with Mirabilis trio. Active in community service, they have raised funds for Mercy Corps; favorite Good Friday church services have included Mirabilis’ performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Translation of songs into different languages by utilization of the International Phonetic Alphabet is another passion of Lee’s. She has worked with students to prepare Bat Mitzvah and Bar Mitzvah prayer chants and is an experienced judge for Oregon and California State Talent Competitions. Lee’s piano and vocal students are past Piano and Musical Theater medal winners. She’s currently coaching The Voice television auditions.
Lee joins us in summer 2019 teaching musical theatre, jazz, and a capella voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, harmonica, and banjo.
Sunday, August 4, 2019 by Bonnie Kraxberger | Teachers
Ricky Chan is a passionate and enthusiastic lover of music, and began studying violin at age 10. He has studied under violinists such as grammy-nominated Adam LaMotte, Linda Vasey of Portland Opera and Kyung Sun-Chee of University of Washington. His piano studies involved five years of lessons with Victoria Drozdova of Moscow State University with an in-depth study of Russian repertoire. His masterclass experiences include Dr. Walter Mony, Eugene Fodor, Albert Markov and the Feldenkrais method from Uri Vardi. While at Portland State University, he participated in Tomas Cotik’s studio violin classes as well as body mapping instructor Lisa Marsh’s studio classes for piano. His teaching style focuses on body awareness for effortless playing, the importance of self-improvement and self-discovery through music. From self-improvement in building confidence to work-ethic, he believes that everyone has their own music that speaks to them.
Ricky joins Maestro Music in spring 2018 and enjoys teaching at both our Sandy and Beaverton locations.