• 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
    Dan Davey, Music Faculty/Jazz Band

    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.

    Danielle Davey
    Danielle Davey

    Music Faculty/Symphonic Band
    Office AC 2132

    Danielle Davey is the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Mt. Hood Community College where she directs the Symphonic Band, core music courses, and oversees the private lessons program and chamber ensembles. Danielle is the former Director of Bands at Westview High School in Beaverton, Oregon where she taught Concert Band, Symphonic Band, the auditioned Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and AP Music Theory. In addition to these roles, she was the Marching Band Director, conducted the pit orchestra for the Spring musicals, and also ran the pep band for football and basketball games. She has held prior positions at all grade levels in Oregon, Minnesota, and Massachusetts and her bands received numerous Superior ratings and first place Awards in Concert, Marching and Jazz.

    Danielle earned her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Oregon, where she earned the Outstanding Undergraduate Woodwind Performance Award. She concluded her Masters Degree in Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University in 2010. She serves as a staff member at the Western International Band Clinic, an honor band event for high school and college aged students held annually in Seattle, Washington.

    Danielle has worked and collaborated with some of the finest composers, conductors, and performers in the music industry, including Col. Arnald Gabriel, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Peter Boonshaft, Paula Crider, Anthony Maiello, the Boston Brass, and the Canadian Brass. In her spare time, Danielle loves to cook, hike, camp, and spend time with her husband, friends and family.

    Kevin Lambert
    Kevin Lambert, Music Faculty/Symphonic & Chamber Choirs

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

    Kevin Lambert, Choral Director and Music Professor at Mt. Hood Community College, teaches courses in piano, music fundamentals, and music theory in addition to directing the Symphonic and Chamber Choirs. He recently served as music director and arranger for the MHCC productions of RENT, Footloose, The Drowsy Chaperone, and UrineTown. Kevin earned his Master of Music in Conducting from Portland State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Music, Cum Laude, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

    Kevin taught music at secondary schools in Houston, Texas and Kerala, India before moving to Portland. An avid arranger, Kevin worked in the studios of Indian film composer AR Rahman, producing choral/orchestral arrangements performed in a sold-out concert at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a classically trained pianist, he has also performed for the late Dave Brubeck and Coretta Scott King. From 2010-2017, Kevin served as the music director for Milwaukie Presbyterian Church, and in May 2016, Kevin received the MHCC Distinguished Teacher Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement as an instructor.

    Clay Giberson
    Clay Giberson

    Music Faculty

    Clay Giberson - An innovative voice in the contemporary jazz scene of the Pacific Northwest, keyboardist and composer, Clay has released five recordings on the premier jazz label Origin Records. He has taught music technology and jazz piano for fifteen years and likes to help students investigate the possibilities of electronic and acoustic music.

    Tim Gilson
    Tim Gilson

    Music Faculty/Orchestra

    Tim Gilson has been a mainstay in the Northwest for many years. He has played with many nationally acclaimed artists including Mose Allison, Ritchie Cole, Bud Shank, Herb Ellis, Julian Priester, John Handy, Ernestine Anderson and many others. He toured Japan in 1993 with the Mel Brown Quintet with special guest artist Chuck Findley on trumpet; then in 1994 he moved to Madison Wisconsin where he served as Principal Bassist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Since returning to Portland in 2002 Tim plays regularly with the Mel Brown Trio, the Mel Brown Septet and occasionally with the Oregon Symphony backing guest artist such as Dee Daniels, Byron Stripling and Herbie Hancock. Tim has also accompanied several guest artists including Wycliff Gordon, Antonio Hart, Matt Wilson, Ingrid Jensen and Wynton Marsalis during their tours of the Pacific Northwest.

    Ryan Meagher
    Ryan Meagher, Music Faculty/Guitar

    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
    Mace Archer, Artistic Director for Theatre Arts

    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
    Daryl Harrison-Carson, Theatre Technical Director

    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.

    Allison Moon
    Allison Moon, Theatre Facility Manager

    Theatre Facility Manager

    Allison began her theater career at 14-years-old as an apprentice lighting designer. Since then, she’s worked on dozens of shows as a director, performer, stage manager, playwright, technical director, and any other job that needed done. As an administrator, Allison has worked for the Edgemar Center for the Arts, the California Shakespeare Theater, foolsFURY Theater Company, the Berkshire Theater Festival, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Program. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Neuroscience and Theater from Oberlin College.

    Individual Music Lesson Instructors

    In order to sign up for individual music lessons, please contact our Individual Lessons Coordinator, Danielle Davey: danielle.davey@mhcc.edu or 503-491-7157.