• Meet Your Faculty

  • The performing arts faculty and staff members at Mt. Hood Community College are recognized for their accomplishments as performers, composers, educators, producers, directors and stage designers. Our collaborative instructors are here to help you perfect your technique, encourage your creative spirit and give you a chance to shine. Please contact your faculty advisers to find out more about our excellent program.

    Music Faculty/Advisers

    Dan Davey, Music Faculty/Jazz Band

    Dan Davey, Music Faculty/Jazz Band
    Office AC 2129

    Dan Davey is the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon where he directs all jazz ensembles and teaches core music courses. Dan received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Berklee College of Music and his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. Prior to coming to MHCC, he taught at Stonehill College in Massachusetts.
    Dan works as a professional pianist, organist, and trumpet player and has performed at Symphony Hall, Ryles Jazz Club, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (Boston, MA), and the Greensville Performing Arts Center (Emporia, VA). An accomplished musician, he’s played with the South Coast Jazz Orchestra, the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, Herb Reed and the Platters, Doc Severinsen, Alan Vizutti and Bobby Shew.

    Kevin Lambert, Music Faculty/Symphonic & Chamber Choirs Kevin Lambert, Music Faculty/Symphonic & Chamber Choirs
    Office AC 2130
    Photo Credit: Beka Haugen

    Kevin Lambert is the Director of Chamber and Symphonic Choirs and teaches core music classes in the program. He received his Master in Conducting at Portland State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Music, Cum Laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Since arriving at MHCC, Kevin has been the musical director and arranger for our winter musicals, including RENT, Footloose, Drowsy Chaperone and UrineTown.

    Prior to moving to Portland, he performed in Europe and throughout the United States as a choral director and as a concert pianist, including a sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and an evening with the jazz legend Dave Brubeck. He is also the choral director for Milwaukie Presbyterian Church. In May 2016 Kevin received the Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement as an instructor.

    Ryan Meagher, Music Faculty/Guitar

    Ryan Meagher, Music Faculty/Guitar

    Ryan Meagher (pronounced Marr) is a jazz guitarist and composer who launched his international reputation in New York City in 2003 after completing his bachelor of music degree at San Diego State University. During his years in New York, Ryan launched his debut jazz album Sun Resounding, followed by his second album entitled Atroefy on Fresh Sound New Talent Records. His third album Tone, received international critical acclaim.

    After completing his master's degree at University of Reno, Meagher relocated to Portland, Oregon where he became a recognizable force in the creative music community. He is a co-founder and Programming Director of the Montavilla Jazz Festival, Director of Operations of the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, Director of Portland State University's The Shed Summer Jazz Workshop and editor of Jazzscene Magazine. Ryan’s teaching credits include Lower Columbia College, Portland Community College, West Valley College (Saratoga, CA), and San Diego State University. He teaches guitar at MHCC and is a valued faculty member of our music program. His fifth album, Mist. Moss. Home. will be available in October of 2016.

    Theatre Arts Faculty/Advisors:

    Mace Archer, Artistic Director for Theatre Arts

    Mace Archer, Artistic Director for Theatre Arts
    Room AC2135

    Mace Archer is an accomplished actor and director who has worked as a theatre professional for over 25 years. He earned his MFA in directing from Illinois State University. Upon completion, Mace founded Venture Theatre in Billings, MT, an adult contemporary theatre where he served as Producing Artistic Director for 14 years.

    In 2010, Mace became the chair of the Theatre Department at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA, and launched the WildCat Theatre Conservatory, a summer theatre program for youth that has provided internships to countless college students, including MHCC students.

    Since joining MHCC in 2013, Mace has been instrumental in establishing the campus improv troupe and the student drama club, The Thespian Empire. Directing credits include Othello, Footloose, Drowsy Chaperone, and Alice in Wonderland. During summer months, Mace has directed shows at Arizona Broadway Theatre, Theatre Baton Rouge and acted at Fort Peck Summer Theatre.

    Daryl Harrison-Carson, Theatre Technical Director

    Daryl Harrison-Carson, Theatre Technical Director
    Room AC2133

    Daryl Harrison-Carson is the Theatre Technical Director and Professor of Theatre at Mt. Hood Community College. She serves as designer for theatre productions and teaches courses in design, stagecraft and history of theatre. Before coming to MHCC, Daryl taught at Central Florida College and Santa Fe Community College.

    Daryl’s professional credits include lighting and production work with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Stumptown Stages, Bouand Dance Company, Maine State Musical Theatre, Kennedy Center, Ocala Civic Theatre, as well as lighting design for cruise lines, theme parks and casinos. Her lighting design for Bouand Dance Company’s Sideshow was televised on KOPB. She holds an MFA from University of Cincinnati Conservatory and a BS from James Madison University.

    Bruce A. Hostetler, Theatre Facility Manager

    Bruce A. Hostetler, Theatre Facility Manager

    Bruce A. Hostetler is an award-winning theatre/opera director, producer and playwright. In addition to his role as theatre facility manager for MHCC, Bruce is also the resident stage director for the Portland Revels, artistic director of CompassWorks, and production manager for the Ashland Film Festival.

    In his 25 year directing career, Hostetler has directed more than 150 theatre, musical and opera productions from New York to Santa Cruz. He was producing director for the Carnegie Mellon Summer New Plays Project, where he worked with playwrights Craig Wright and Aaron Posner, and from 1999-2003 he worked for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. In 2016 Bruce directed H.M.S. Pinafore for Mock’s Crest Productions, winner of five Drammy nominations including best director. He holds a master’s degree in directing from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

    Individual Music Lesson Instructors

    Rachel Anderson, Flute/Piccolo
    Education and Degrees: Bachelor of Music, Portland State University
    Professional Performance Experience: Portland Opera Orchestra, substitute with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony & Eugene Symphony; perform with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bravo Orchestra, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Columbia Symphony, Linfield Chamber Orchestra

    Ron Babcock, Trombone
    Education and Degrees: DMA Trombone Performance, University of North Texas
    MM Trombone Performance, Oklahoma University
    BA Music Education, Louisiana Tech University
    Professional Performance Experience: Oregon Symphony (Substitute), Woody Hite Big Band, Big Horn Brass, Soloist and free-lance performer for 30 years.

    Phil Baker, Bass
    Education and Degrees: MHCC
    Professional Performance: Has played and recorded with Diana Ross, Joe Henderson, Gino Vannelli, Bobby Hutcherson, Nat Adderley, Joe Lovano, Toots Thielemans, Eddy Harris, Sonny Stitt, Bernard Purdie, George Cables, Tete Montoliu, Jon Hendricks, and others.

    Amie Belisle, Piano
    Education and Degrees: Bachelor of Music Education (K-8)
    Master of Music Performance
    Professional Performance Experience: Chamber Music Performances, Old Church Noon Concert Series, local House concerts, Substitute church pianist.

    Mel Brown, Drum Set
    Education and Degrees: University of California Marketing and Economics; Portland State University Music and Business Administration.
    Professional Performance Experience: Drummer for Earl Grant, staff drummer for Motown Music Corp.; Recordings: “Encounters,” “Close to Your Eyes,” and others; Concerts, tours & festivals: Wenatchee Jazz Fest, tour of Japan, First Jazz with Herb Ellis, Mt. Hood Festival, and many others.

    David Bryan, Trombone
    Education and Degrees: BA in Music, Linfield College.
    Professional Performance Experience: Portland Opera Orchestra, Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra, performed and recorded with the Oregon Symphony. Trombone instructor at Lewis and Clark College, pacific University, and OSU.

    David Burrow, Drums/Percussion
    Education and Degrees: M.M. Music Theory/Percussion performance, University of Oregon; B.M. Percussion performance, University of Oregon; B.A. Music, University of Oregon; A.A. Music, MHCC

    Don Corey, Bass
    Education and Degrees: BM, Berklee College of Music
    Professional Performance Experience: Bassist with Chata Addy since 1997
    Leader, Bassist, and Manager of Flatland, we formed in 1996 and have released 3 CDs and have played in a majority of the clubs in Portland.

    Dan Davey, Piano and Trumpet
    Education and Degrees: Berklee College of Music- B.M. In Music Education
    Sam Houston State University- M. Music in Instrumental Conducting
    Professional Performance Experience: Performances with the Platters, Doc Severinsen , Allen Vizzutti, Bobby Shew, John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, Southcoast Jazz Orchestra. Has played pipe organ in The Vatican, Dublin, churches across the country. Piano/trumpet for musical pit orchestras and solo recitals.

    Bryan Dickerson, All Saxophones/Clarinet/Flute
    Education and Degrees: Bachelor of Music Performance, University of North Texas.
    Professional Performance Experience: 3 years with Glenn Miller Orchestra, Leroy Vinnegar Trio, Kicks Band, Lilly Wilde, Ellen Whyte, Carlton Jackson, Soul Vaccination, Temptations, Mel Torme, Cab Calloway, Rosemary Clooney.

    Aaron Eckert, Trombone/Euphonium
    Education and Degrees: Master of Music, Jazz and Contemporary Media (Trombone) and Master of Music, Performance and Literature (euphonium) from Eastman School of Music (2016).
    Bachelor of Music, Teacher Certification, Instrumental Music (K-12) and Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies from Eastern Illinois University (2014).
    Professional Performance Experience: Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Jazz Ensemble, Eastern Oregon Symphony, Carillon Tuba Euphonium Quartet, Rich Matteson Jazz Euphonium Competition (1st place), International Tuba Euphonium Quartet Competition (2nd place), International Trombone Festival J.J. Johnson Competition (Finalist), Texas State Jazz Trombone Competition (2nd place), Rick Holland Little Big Band, Eastern Illinois Jazz Camp faculty Combo.

    Jay Fraley, Voice
    Education and Degrees: B.A. In Music Vocal Performance, PSU/Warner Pacific College; PSU Opera Workshop for 4 years.
    Professional Performance Experience: Professional operatic, oratorio/symphonic, positions and recitals, competitions: “Opera in the Park,” “La Fancilla del West,” “Eugene Onegin,” “Fidelio,” tenor soloist “Requiem,” featured soloist “Hollywood to Broadway,” tenor soloist “The Messiah,” and more.

    Karen Gifford, Flute
    Education and Degrees: 1983- B.M. Music Performance, University of Southern California. 1984- M.M. Music Performance, Northwestern University. 1984 to 86- Doctoral Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 1987 to 89- Banff School of Fine Arts, Academy of Winds.
    Professional Performance Experience: Faculty Woodwind Quintet of UW-Madison, Madison Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Britt festival Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Bloch Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia Concertante, Portland Ballet Orchestra, Portland Ballet Orchestra, Oregon Symphony.

    Tim Gilson, Bass
    Education and Degrees: Bachelor of Music, Master of Science in Teaching- Portland State University.
    Professional Performance Experience: 25 years' experience home studio, clinics and master classes.

    Neal Grandstaff, Guitar
    Professional Performance Experience: Producer- ad backgrounds for TV, radio, and film, Staff-O-Life Productions, sound Smith Studios, Produced music for interactive software for Sierra Online. Film- George Bruns with Disney. TV and ads- Paul Hogan's test, Pat “Spud” Murphy, union 47 in L.A.

    Chris Higgins, Acoustic and Electric Bass
    Education and Degrees: Bachelors of Music, Berklee College of Music. Masters of Arts Jazz Performance, City College of New York (professor John Patitucci).
    Professional Performance Experience: Thirty-five years of professional bass playing. Cruise Ships, Touring and Summerstock Theaters and way too much Jazz.

    Gary Hobbs, Drums
    Education and Degrees: MHCC, Central Washington University

    Mike Horsfall, Piano
    Education and Degrees: B.M. Music Education at Central Washington University, Piano Pedagogy at Marylhurst.
    Professional Performance Experience: Professional pianist since 1980; vibes with group “Tall Jazz” since 1989 with 6 CDs recorded; have had students go on to advance degrees in music.

    Bill Hunt, Violin
    Education and Degrees: Master of Music in Violin Performance, North Texas State University, 1979; Bachelor of Music in Education and Performance, University of Oregon, 1973.
    Professional Performance Experience: Has performed with Eugene Symphony, Bach Festival Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of Berkeley, Australian Concert Tours, Oregon String Quartet, Waverly Baroque Ensemble, The Portland Concert, Oregon Mozart Players, Artemis String Quartet.

    Garrett Jellesma, Double Bass/Electric Bass
    Education and Degrees: MA in music with teaching license at University of Portland, BM at Portland State University, Transfer program from MHCC.
    Professional Performance Experience: Portland Opera- Section Bass, Portland Ballet- Section Bass, Vancouver Symphony- Principal Bass, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Portland festival Symphony, free-lance and substitute bass for other orchestras, pop and jazz.

    Lewton Thomas Jones, Guitar
    Education and Degrees: Associates- MHCC, B.S. Arts; Letters/English- Portland State University, 5 hours graduate work Art Therapy- Marylhurst University, PACE Graduate Program in ADULT Education- Portland State University, 90 hours Graduate credit included- Advanced Art, English, and American Literature.
    Professional Performance Experience: For 40 years I have been playing professionally. I have opened or shared the stage with- Donovan, Shawn Colvin, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, Ray Manzarek of the Doors, Ramblin Jack Elliott, John Fahey, Tower of Power, Dan Siegel The Rippingtons, Balancing Act, Chubby Checker, and more. I was nominated twice and won the “Outstanding Folk Act” by The Portland Music Association. The Deli Magazine named me as “Master of the Scene” 1980's PDX.

    Ian Kerr, Percussion
    Education and Degrees: BM from University of South Florida and MM from Portland State University.

    Grant Linsell, Clarinet
    Education and Degrees: Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Ensemble Conducting with a cognate in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State university, 2007. Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Oregon, 2004. Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2000.
    Professional Performance Experience: Conductor at Washington Trombone Collective since 2016. Conductor at Mill Ave Chamber Players from 2008 to 2013. Clarinet at Portland Columbia Orchestra from 2009 to 2011. Principle Clarinet at Minot Symphony from 2006 to 2007.

    Carol Lucas, piano
    Education and Degrees: Master of Music- Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester in piano and music literature. Bachelor of Music- Eastman School of Music in piano.

    Joe Manis, Saxophone
    Education and Degrees: M. M. Jazz Studies- Performance, with Academic Honor: New England Conservatory. B.M. Jazz Studies: University of Oregon. Additional Studies: Eastman School of Music.
    Professional Performance Experience: Joe Manis Trio, Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra, David Friesen Quartet/Quintet, George Colligan Quartet, Alan Jones Sextet, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Opera Orchestra, Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra, Ken Schaphorst Big Band, The Temptations, Wayne Newton, Bob Newhart, Oregon Festival of American Music Orchestra, Christopher Brown Quartet, Greg Goebel Quartet/Quintet, Portland Jazz Composer's Ensemble, Eugene Ballet Company, etc.

    Ryan Meagher, Guitar
    Education And Degrees: Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies)- San Diego State University. Master of Music (Jazz and Improvisational Music)- University of Nevada, Reno.
    Professional Performance Experience: Four albums under my direction released on internationally distributed record labels. Played with some of the most prominent jazz artists in the local area, and New York City. Critically acclaimed by all major press outlets. Several years experience performing in jazz, classical, and popular styles.

    John Nastos, Saxophone
    Education and Degrees: Bachelor of Music- Manhattan School of Music 2007.
    Professional Performance Experience: Festivals: Portland Jazz Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, etc. With: Mel Brown, Art Abrams, Portland Center Stage, Dan Balmer, Gordon Lee, etc.

    Mike Oft, Trombone
    Education and Degrees: Masters from Lewis And Clark College; Bachelors of Science from Southern Oregon College.

    Georgina Philippson, Voice
    Education and Degrees: Music Education at Portland State. Graduate Assistant of “Gold Company” Western Michigan University. BM- Music Education emphasis- Willamette University.
    Professional Performance Experience: Guest Artist/Collaborator- multiple festival settings. Conductor/Director of Consonare Chorale (6 seasons). CD release (solo voice) “Here & Now” with Mac Potts. Soloist and section leader at weekly Church Service (2006-current) First Presbyterian Church. Jazz duo for multiple corporate and private events.

    Charles Porter, Trumpet
    Education and Degrees: Manhattan school of Music: master of Music (Jazz) Paris Conservatory (France): Fulbright Scholar. The Julliard School: bachelors in trumpet Performance (classical).
    Professional Performance Experience: Symphony Orchestras: New Jersey Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Russian Chamber orchestra, etc. Big bands: Mingus Big Band, Mike Longo Big Band, David Berger's sultans of swing, etc. Toured Africa, China, India, Turkey, and Southeast Asian with my jazz quartet as part of JALC's Rhythm Road Tour, as a jazz ambassador. Toured and recorded with Joe Zawinul and Paquito D'Rivera.

    Dagny Rask Regan, Oboe, Bassoon
    Education and Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Oregon State University; partial graduate study, Lewis and Clark College.

    Robert Rutherford, Trumpet
    Education and Degrees: Earning Bachelors degree in music at Portland State University.
    Professional Performance Experience: Has played professionally and taught private trumpet lessons since 1968.

    Derek Sims, Trumpet
    Education and Degrees: B.M. University of Michigan
    Professional Performance Experience: Mel Brown, Oregon Symphony, Bobby Torres Ensemble, Body and Soul, Soul Vaccination, Pepe and the Bottle Blondes, Pink Martini, Cohonte Allegre.

    Marshall Tuttle, Voice, Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, Organ, Recorder
    Education and Degrees: BA Music, UC Berkeley; MA Music Theory Composition, Cal State Hayward, DMA Composition, Stanford University.
    Professional Performance Experience: 35 years as private instructor and professional musician.

    Jena Viemeister, Voice
    Education and Degrees: BM Voice, Portland State University; MM Opera, Boston Conservatory.
    Professional Performance Experience: Opera in the Ozarks Summer Festival: Little Red Riding Hood- Into The Woods, Ciesca- Gianni Schicchi, The Abbess- Suor Angelica. The Dalles Community Concert Series. Boston Conservatory: Lucretia- The Rape of Lucretia, 2nd Lady- The Magic Flute, Kate- Trade, Lapak- The Cunning Little Vixen, Alto Soloist- Mozart Requiem.

    Sara K. Watts, Violin/Viola
    Education and Degrees: Master of Music- Manhattan School of Music; Bachelor of Music- Virginia Commonwealth University.
    Professional Performance Experience: New Jersey State Opera, Northeastern Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, Richmond Symphony.

    Erin Winemiller, Cello
    Education and Degrees: BA Anthropology, Northwestern University; MS Counseling, Portland State University.
    Professional Performance Experience: 15 years experience as a private instructor. 10+ years experience as a professional cellist. Performed with Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Astoria Music Festival, Bravo! Vancouver, Portland Cello Project, Portland Summerfest Opera Orchestra- Assistant Principal Cello, Vancouver Symphony, Oregon East Symphony. Faculty member- Chamber Music Camp of Portland, Rose City Music Academy. Clinician for Metropolitan Youth Symphony and various high school orchestras. Extensive chamber music experience and solo performance experience as well as a recording artist.