the Church Means
Musicians in Residence
2011 our community developed a
Musicians in Residence
relationship for professional musicians.
This formal agreement exchanges
studio, rehearsal, and performance space for monthly music leadership
in morning worship, our evensong services, or benefit concerts.
Our music director coordinates the
schedule for music leadership for the congregation and the office
coordinates building use on a quarterly basis.
In 2013 we
developed a similar opportunity for accomplished middle and high school
Exploring Music Leadership helps young people develop an appropriate
repertoire for paid performance opportunities.
The church serves as a place enrolled
musicians can interview or shadow professional musicians, develop a
resume for use in seeking work as young musicians, and share their
emerging leadership in a supportive setting.
Contact either our music director or
pastor for possible enrollment and participation.
Logan Thane Brown moved to Portland to
pursue a career at David G. Monette Corporation building custom made
trumpets. He attended college at the University of Madison-Wisconsin
studying trumpet performance under Professor John Aley.
Mr. Brown has
performed in various groups in Wisconsin such as The Madison Savoyards
Orchestra, The Capitol City Band, and The Madison Symphony Orchestra.
He aspires to pursue his career as a performer and teacher in the
Portland community. In addition to playing with The Portland Colombia
Mr. Brown is a
freelance trumpet player and the leader of a newly formed New Orleans
style brass band. When he's not playing the trumpet, Mr. Brown enjoys
exploring the wealth of natural beauty Oregon has to offer.
Stephanie Cooke is a versatile piano performer and
instructor with a passion for making artistic expression a
reality to aspiring musicians of all levels and ages through
performance and instruction. She recently received her
Masters in Piano Performance at Portland State University as
the piano department's graduate teaching assistant under the
study of Professor Lisa Marsh, Professor Darrell Grant and
Dr. Susan Chan.
her own performing and piano instruction, she aims to meld
concepts from the classical and jazz genres to create a more
unique and innovative musical scope. Stephanie engages in
versatile keyboard performances including benefit concerts,
jazz ensemble gigs, cocktail hours, graduation ceremonies,
solo vocal/instrumental recitals, wedding ceremonies,
funeral services, and church services in Oregon and
Washington. She is also engaged in various musical projects
and recordings in the Portland area.
Cronin offers beginning violin lessons to adults. She has been
playing violin for about 18 years. Her first experiences were in
school orchestras, she then moved on to folk and rock bands.
Currently, she is a permanent member of the Portland-based band The
Tummybuckles as well as working toward a degree in music from Portland
Megan says, “Most of my experience with violin is playing in bands so
though I have a classical background and am currently studying
classical style, I will encourage improvisation (my favorite part of
music!) in my students. I believe this is a skill that is
essential for a musician to have to play with non-classical groups and
to fully express themselves through music.
I teach exclusively to adult students because I find it incredibly
admirable when adults decide to pick up an instrument, especially one
as challenging as the violin. I want to create an encouraging,
comfortable, fun environment during my lessons.”
Felix Lilly is a life-long
and enjoys developing
contacts to support his love of
and playing organ.
A graduate of Benson High School,
Felix began piano as a young child and has more recently
worked to transfer these keyboard skills to the organ.
Felix says, “I have been
to Germany and British Columbia playing organs in churches
and cathedrals, and have also played a handful of nice
organs in my hometown of Portland, Oregon.”
Felix is using the Exploring
Music Leadership and Musician in Residence programs to learn
about the role of the musician in the life of the church.
accompaniment, recitals and concerts are a part of his work
Gregor McGee is a native of North Carolina but has been living in
Portland for four years. Gregor started taking piano lessons
at the age of 5, focusing on classical music. During their
time at Reed in pursuit of a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics,
they studied piano with Denise VanLeuven and harpsichord with Leta
Huang. Gregor also plays organ for St. Matthew Catholic
Church in Hillsboro and sings with Cantores in Ecclesia and Big
Mouth Society. Their interests span a wide temporal range,
spanning the full breadth of early, classical, and contemporary
music. Gregor thinks of musical expression as one of the
fundamental joys in life and considers performance a skill and art
form unto itself.
Gregor made a debut with us at the Spring Equinox Concert in 2019
and we look forward to many recitals and concerts with their
Ms. Meg Dixon
Voice, Piano & Flute
When Meg applied to be a MIR with us she said,
“I would love to be considered for a position with your church as
a Musician in Residence. I have preformed and taught
professionally for over 10 years on flute, piano and voice and
would love to be able to serve your congregation as well as create
and teach in your building spaces. I teach mainly college students
and they are all very excited at the prospect of being at your
church and learning there, as well as helping you out where we
Ms. Dixon is a PhD candidate in
Music at George Fox University