HAS & Camp Amp Instructors

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 Photo of Blake Allen, HAS & Camp Amp Instructor.

Blake Allen
Blake is the fine Arts coordinator for the Beaverton School District where he supports the development of K - 12 music, drama, and art programs. Prior to his current role in Beaverton, he worked as Music Coordinator in the Hillsboro School District and taught elementary music and band.

Mr. Allen also works as a freelance saxophonist and has played in groups such as the Oregon Symphonic Band and Portland Wind Symphony.

 Photo of Caleb Allen, HAS & Camp Amp instructor. Caleb Allen
Caleb teaches high school video production, language arts and social studies at the Woodburn Arts and Communications Academy. He has a long history at Century High School as both a student and a teacher. Caleb has a Bachelor of Art in English Literature and a Masters in Teaching.
 Photo of Keith Allen, HAS & Camp Amp Instructor. Keith Allen
Keith Allen has been with Camp Amp since its first year. He has been leading bands of varied skill levels since he was in high school - more years ago than he cares to admit. He spent ten years leading two bands at Gateway Church in East county. One of his bands, Lazarus Rose, released a CD in 1998 that is available on I-Tunes and Amazon Music.

Keith teaches video production and film at Hillsboro Arts Summer. He retired from Hillsboro School District in 2014 after 34 years of teaching. He continues to sub in Hillsboro schools and works as a digital curriculum specialist for Pearson Education.
 Photo of Joe Aloi, HAS & Camp Amp Instructor.

Joe Aloia
Joe, a bassist/guitarist from Jupiter, Florida, has been playing 15 years and teaching for ten. He holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon and currently teaches at Pacific University and Century High School.

Joe has performed with some of the finest musicians in Portland from Ron Hurst of Steppenwolf and John Gross of the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Joe is a member of the Hillsboro Symphony and enjoys fishing and woodworking in his free time.

 Photo of Linda Anderson, HAS & Camp Amp Instructor. Linda Anderson
Linda's love of performing in musical theatre began when, as a young dancer, she became involved in a community theatre production. She choreographed her first show when she was only 14 years old and she's still at it! A native of New Orleans, her early professional theatre credits included working and training with many notable professionals such as Gwen Verdon, Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Savion Glover, Jane Powell, Hugh O'Brian, Abe Vigoda, and many others. She continues to perform with "Ta-Dah!" acappella trio. Favorite local theatre credits include Marmee in Little Women and The Witch in Into the Woods for The Village Players. She became involved in the Hillsboro theatre scene when asked to choreograph Grease and the Oklahoma! for HART.

Linda has been working with STAGES since their inception. She choreographed Beauty and the Beast, Godspell, and Cinderella, along with all the Stage Trouper productions and spring break camps to date. She taught STAGES' Mixed Voices Camp and has been vocal director for HAS and Camp Amp for the past several years. Her work outside of STAGES involves teaching private vocal students at Element Dance Studio, where she has developed and trained many local and national finalists, including American Idol, champions and award-winning singers. She loves helping students find their confidence, best voice and refining their performance skills for auditions, pageants, talent shows, etc.

 Photo of Dan Bosshardt, HAS Instructor. Daniel Bosshardt
Daniel has a Bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Woodwind Performance from Berklee College of Music. He has a Master's Degree in Music Education and Kodaly Certification from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.

He currently enjoys performing Japanese shakuhachi, jazz saxophone, and mariachi guitarron. Past experience includes musical theater, rock, salsa, samba, and big band. Daniel has 24 years full time music teaching experience. 10 years in Hillsboro, 6 years in Boston, 8 years in Kobe, Japan.

He is currently the music and band teacher at Lincoln Street Elementary School, the director of award-winning Hillsboro School District Mariachi Una Voz, and co-founder of Mariachi TEAM Camp at Oregon State University.

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Michael Callaway
Raised in Hillsboro, Oregon, Michael picked up the guitar at age 13 and hasn't put it down since. During his youth he studied guitar under Geoff Metts at Five Star Guitars before earning a Bachelor's of Arts in Music from Oregon State University.

Michael has performed up and down the West coast and is currently the lead guitarist of Portland-based rock band Mr. Pink. He currently teaches guitar, ukulele, songwriting and music theory at Five Star Guitars.

 Photo of Jim Dunlop, Director of HAS and Camp Amp.

Jim Dunlop
Jim Dunlop graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Portland in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Music Conducting from Portland State University. He has been teaching for 28 years. He started in the Portland Public Schools at Jefferson High School, Ockley Green Middle School and Astor Elementary School. His last year in Portland, he was the Director of Music and Arts Supervisor for the Jefferson Arts Magnet.

This is his 20th year at Century High School. The band program at Century has grown from 22 students when the school opened to over 200 students in the 2016-17 school year. Mr. Dunlop has put together 23 summer programs, including all 10 years of Hillsboro Arts Summer and Camp Amp. He is also the founder and director of C.H.O.M.P. (Century High's Outreach Music Program), which is now in its 20th year. C.H.O.M.P. has helped thousands of Hillsboro students play music, become teachers, musicians, and performers all over the world.

 Photo of Franklin Dunwoody, HAS & Camp Amp Instructor. Franklin Dunwoody
Franklin has pursued theatre arts for the better part of the last 30 years. With a BS in Theatre Design and Direction and a Master's Degree in Education, he is committed to providing the most supportive and rigorous learning environment for students of theatre. He has professional experience in video/film production, pyrotechnics and special effects.
 Photo of Rachel Foote Allen, HAS and Camp Amp Instructor.

Rachel Foote Allen
Rachel has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Classical Voice Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the city college of New York. While in NYC, she performed in several musicals, including an off-Broadway original show and worked as a vocal coach and accompanist. Her directorial credits include A Strange and Separate People and Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice.

Rachel is a vocal and drama instructor at Hillsboro Arts Summer Camp and Camp Amp and a vocal director for Stages Youth Theaters. Rachel continues working as a rehearsal accompanist and vocal coach for area youth theater and music programs and performs at various special events in the Portland area. Rachel is currently a private vocal and piano instructor at Five Star Guitars.

 Photo of Geoff Fotland, HAS Instructor.

Geoff Fotland
Geoff has been a band director in the Hillsboro School District for the last 16 years with 14 of those years at Hilhi. He has a master of Education in Teaching from Portland State University and a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University.

Geoff is a Saxophone and Instrumental Music Specialist.

 Photo of Ryan Goodyear, Camp Amp Instructor.

Ryan Goodyear
Ryan structures his group music classes to foster musical growth and teamwork using an energetic, hands-on approach to drumming. He has helped in shaping the camp to be equal parts learning and fun.

Ryan teaches private drum lessons at Five Star Guitars in Beaverton, providing technical studies and structure for the aspiring drummer looking to improve, as well as a more relaxed song-based outline for the hobbyist seeking a fun, creative outlet. When not teaching or playing music, you will find Ryan running the trails of nearby Forest Park.

 Photo of Greg Hall, HAS Instructor.

Greg Hall
Greg is celebrating his 32nd year as Director of Bands at Sunset High School. The Sunset High School Band program has received national and international acclaim for its performance excellence. The comprehensive band program at Sunset High School includes Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, concert Band, jazz Band, Marching Band, and Electric Band. Prior to his assignment at Sunset High School, Mr. Hall was Director of Bands at South Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon.

A graduate from North Texas State University with a degree in Music Education, Greg is active as a Clinician and Adjudicator for concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Marching Bands and Drum Corps International. His travels have taken him to Canada, the East Coast, Midwest, Oregon, Washington, and California. Mr. Hall's professional affiliations include Music Educators National Conference, Oregon Music Educators Association, National Association of Jazz Educators, United States Scholastic band Association, Portland Rose Festival Band Selection Committee, and Drum Corps International Judges Association.

 Photo of Carlton Jackson, HAS & Camp Amp Instructor.

Carlton Jackson
Carlton has been a professional drummer for over 30 years. He enjoys all styles of music and tries to do them justice while playing them. He continues to perform live is in on a number of recordings.

Carlton is an active educator - teaching in public schools and universities and well as privately. Carlton is a member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

 Photo of Briana Koch, HAS instructor.

Briana Koch
Briana has been captivated by art since she was a child. She dabbles in all of the arts, but her favorite mediums are drawing, book arts, watercolor, and mixed media.

She has a Bachelor's degree in Studio Arts and a Masters in Teaching from Pacific University.

 Photo of Greg McKelvey, HAS Instructor. Greg McKelvey
Greg has a Masters of Music Education from the University of Portland and has taught music in the public schools for over thirty-five years. During this time, he has taught a variety of bands and has won over 150 trophies and prizes, including first place in the nation at the 1990 Music Fest USA National Championships and third at the 2009 Swing Central Jazz Festival in Savannah, Georgia. His bands have also performed for former Presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan. Among the students to come out of his programs was Grammy Award Winner Esperanza Spalding.

In 2002, Greg had a Jazz band record a CD entitled, "How Sweet It Is," featuring eight Jazz classics. That same year, he was awarded the "Teachers Make a Difference Award" by the Battle Ground Education Foundation. In 2007, he won the "Distinguished Alumni Service Award" at Warner Pacific College. In 2009, Mr. McKelvey received the "Great Teacher Award," sponsored by Phi Delta Kappa for Washington State and was selected as Distinguished Music Instructor and a delegate to the 2009 Symposium of Music in Schools at Yale University. He continues to be in high demand as a clinician for school music programs and festivals.

 Photo of Warren Murray, HAS Instructor.

Warren Murray
Warren lives a fun and active life as a percussionist, teacher, composer, adjudicator, and mentor. He taught percussion studies at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon from 2002 - 2015. He has been Director of Percussion for Aloha High School marching and concert percussion programs since 2002. In addition, he has taught numerous clinics for middle schools and high schools throughout the Portland and Salem areas and has maintained a private studio. Warren just finished his second year of graduate school at Central Washington University, and received his Master's in Percussion Performance under Mark Goodenberger with a secondary emphasis in conducting under Dr. Nikolas Caoile. As a graduate assistant, he taught the Central Washington University drum line for two years and is Central Washington University's Marching Band's Marching Percussion Specialist.

Warren has performed in all genres, on many different styles of percussion instruments. He was Principal Timpanist for the Salem Chamber Orchestra from 2002-2015, performing under Bruce McIntosh and r. Nikolas Caoile. He has been featured as a marimbist with the Willamette Master Chorus under Dr. Paul Klemme, has performed and recorded a marimba concerto with an Oregon Symphony string quintet, and has performed on drum set throughout Portland and toured to Los Angeles with the Mel Kubik Trio, and performed at the Roseland Theater in Portland with his metal band. He was Principal Percussionist of the Central Washington University Symphony Orchestra from 2015-2016 and Principal Percussionist for the Central Washington University Wind Ensemble from 2016-2017.

Warren has composed many marching percussion books and cadences for schools in Oregon and Washington and was commissioned to compose a drum line score for the First Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, to be performed by Percussion One, drum line for the Houston Texans professional football team. He has written percussion solos that have been performed at the State Solo Contest. He has adjudicated regional percussion solo and ensemble festivals, the Oregon State Solo Contest, and the Willamette University Jazz Festival.

 Photo of Chuck Nickles, HAS Instructor.

Chuck Nickles
Chuck joined the Century High School music program in 2017 as assistant Music Director. Prior to this he was Tuba section leader of the United States in Europe Army Band and Chorus since 2012. He is currently the Director of the Oregon Tuba Ensemble in Eugene, Oregon.

Charles received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon, where he was a student of Mike Grose. He was a tubist with the 204th Army band in Washington State. He has performed with the Eugene, Newport, Portland Columbia, Salem, and Seattle Symphonies, the Sinfonieorchester des Landkreises, and the Eugene Opera. An accomplished chamber musician, Charles has performed with the award winning "Excelsior Brass" and the "Kaiser Brass" Brass quintets all over Europe and Asia. He received the Army's "C1" Superior Musician award on Tuba, Bass Trombone, and Euphonium, making him the first and only soldier in US Army Band history to receive the Award on three instruments in a single training cycle. He also received the 2012 "Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award."

Charles currently is the low brass instrument designer for the Wessex Tuba Company and has been a design consultant for the Miraphone Company and the Kanstul Company. In his free time he builds custom instruments and spends time with his family.

 Photo of Dany Oakes, HAS & Camp Amp Instructor. Dany Oakes
Dany has taught guitar for over 25 years. He is the author of a beginner guitar book series. He studied music at PSU, has extensive songwriting and recording experience and performs with numerous local artists around the northwest as a singer and guitarist. Dany is an instructor at Five Star Guitars.
 Photo of Cooper Ottum, HAS & Camp Amp Instructor.

Cooper Ottum
Cooper is a composer and music educator, currently pursuing a Master of Music in Conducting at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. As a composer, Cooper has had performances of original works across the United States, and has received institutional awards in composition from the University of Southern California and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Apart from his composition work, Cooper dedicates his time to supporting community music initiatives in his local community. In Kansas City, Cooper created the community engagement project Music for Use, which partnered collegiate composers with local school ensembles. Currently residing in the Pacific Northwest, he works as a music instructor with school districts as well as Hillsboro Parks & Recreation.

 Photo of Austin Randle, HAS & Camp Amp Instructor.

Austin Randle
Austin has been playing music since his toddler years and now has made his lifelong dream of being a professional musician a reality and a career. He loves sharing his passion of music with a fun, hands-on approach to learning the ropes of rock 'n roll.

Austin owns and manages a year-round music program called Rock Academy PDX and offers a variety of lessons on guitar, bass and drums and well as garage band lessons. Austin has won several local guitar competitions and performs regularly with over half a dozen ensembles around the northwest.

 Photo of Jonathan Swanson, HAS Instructor.

Jonathan Swanson
Jonathan started studying piano at a very young age. By thirteen, he had performed The Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major, Op 50, by Dmitri Kabalevsky, in a public concert. He was introduced to Jazz at Sunset High School. Under the direction of Greg Hall, the band went on to win the state Jazz completion.

Jonathan attended Seattle Pacific University where he majored in Chemistry. He continued his Jazz career by performing at Seattle venues including The Columbia Tower Club, The Sorrento Hotel, and Serafinas. Jonathan studied music at Portland State University and while there accompanied the PSU vocal Jazz ensemble and performed at numerous Jazz festivals.

Jonathan is a music producer who has made commercial music that has been featured on ShowTime, VH1, and PBS. He has recently been a frequent guest artist on the KMHD Jazz Piano Series. Jonathan has performed and recorded with many great musicians including Dave Evans, Tim Rap, Andre St. James, Tim Gilson, Todd Strait, Charlie Doggett, Marilyn T. Keller and many more. Jonathan is the regular pianist at Spirit of Grace Church in Beaverton, Oregon that features Jazz inspired liturgies and summer Jazz concerts.