Nancy Teskey, Music Dept. Chair



Have a great summer & keep practicing!

June 12
US Fine ARTS Night
6:30 - 9pm
Great Hall, BDH, MS Commons

5th Grade Handbells, LS 3rd - 5th grade Choir
LS Beginning & Advanced Bands,
OES Boys Choir
May 27 at 4:30pm
OES Boys Choir Evensong

May 28 
5:30 - 7pm MS Band Concert - GYM
7pm - 8pm - MS Strings & Choir Concert - Chapel

May 20 & 21
Eight Grade Musical
7 - 9pm
MS Commons

May 14 
8th Grade Fine Arts Night
Main Lobby, Chapel

Congratulations to the US Choir 
1st in OMEA/OSAA District 15
2nd at OMEA/OSAA State Choir Competition
Bravo to all!

Wednesday January 22 
AS Instrumental Winter Concert

5:30 - LS Band & LS Orchestra
6:30 - MS & US Bands
MS Orchestra; 6th Grade Strings
& US Instrumental



Oregon OMEA Solo/Ensemble (US)
Jan. 6 - Jan. 17

Please let Adam Steele know if you are interested in 
registering. You MUST be a member of the US Instrumental Ensemble to participate.

Here are some great opportunities!

Clarinet Day at Lewis and Clark College
Dunja Jennings, faculty 
Oct. 26th - all day
Evans Auditioriam


for students in US Instrumental:
February 8, 2014 is the date
 for the Sr. Solo/Ensemble Contest
hosted at Westview High School
4200 Nw 185th Avenue
Portland, OR 97229

(Info will be online after Sept. 3)



Registration DEADLINE for the
OMEA Jr. Solo/Ensemble is March 14

If you are interested in attending 
please let Nancy Teskey, Jeri Haskins,
or Angelika Furtwangler
know that you would like to attend!


Feb. 25 - March 2



January 23
All School Instrumental 
Winter Concert
in the CHAPEL
LS 5:30
LS Band - Nancy Teskey, director
LS Orchestra - Angelika Furtwangler - director

MS 6:30
MS 6,7,8 Bands - Nancy Teskey - director
MS Jazz Band - David Swigart
MS 6th Strings - Angelika Furtwangler, director
0 Period Orchestra - Angelika Furtwangler - director

US - 8pm
US Instrumental - Adam Steele, David Swigart, directors


Advent Service



Welcome back!

Several exciting things have happened over the summer in the Music Dept.

The Band Room, MS Jazz Program, Percussion Studio, Instrumental Music Library and Instrument Storage have been relocated to the newly remodelled Chapel Basement.
Last year we had a complete overhaul of the Malmark Handbells. This past summer, the Baldwin Grand piano in the Chapel (donated by the Denney family in 1981 and in long need of an overhaul) has been completely refurbished by Ted Mulcahey, of Sherman Clay pianos. We are excited about this huge improvement!

CHECK the NEW days and times on the
for LS Band, OES Boys Choir, Primary - 2nd grade choir & 3rd - 5th Girl Choir!


2012-2013 All State-All NW Info

Oregon OMEA


Thanks for all the great performances this year!
Check out all of the great summer opportunities
in the right column


Keep practicing!!!


Fine Arts Night
Highlights Student Projects and
Musical Groups

Upper School students presented an evening of art and music Thursday to finish out the year. Included were ceramics, paintings, drawing, and paper arts, as well as performances by the Concert Choir and other groups. See more photos by John Holloran.

June 14 US Fine and Performing Arts Evening 6:30 -pm - art opening
7:pm - US Music in the MS Commons
& Great Hall


Boys' Choir Gets iHelp
From Their Older Friends

The Lower School Boys' Choir received a little help from their friends in Upper School, who accompanied them on iPhones and iPads during a performance for Upper School Gathering. Both groups were directed by music teacher Adam Steele. The next best thing to being there is watching the video.


June 4  - LS Spring Concert
LS 3rd - 5th Grade Girl Choir, OES Boys Choir;
LS Band; LS 5th Grade Handbell choirs

Choir Members Sing
at Carnegie Hall

Two students and an alumna recently sang at Carnegie Hall with the Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choir. Shown on the performance night are, from left, Stephanie Howell '09, Laurel Galaty '13, Anna Sipowicz '18, and director Kris Van Auken. Choir member Hannah Tooley '13 was unable to attend.


May 29
Spring Concert
5:30pm - Bands in the Gym
7:00pm in the Chapel - Strings and Choir


Charm Audiences
With Production
of Guys and Dolls

Eighth-graders presented an exuberant rendition of Guys and Dolls this week. They sang, danced, and acted the story of the reformation of a group of New York City gamblers. Students also operated the lights and made set changes. The musical was presented twice for Middle School students and fifth-graders and twice for parents. See more photos and see a 5-minute video of excerpts from the musical.

Saturday, May 21
US Instrumental performs at the OES Retirement brunch
honoring Bill Lamb, Paula Spooner, Shelley Stoffer & Hope Stevens.

8th-Graders Display
Artistic Talents

Eighth-graders performed musical works and exhibited videos, paintings, and sculptures on Tuesday evening in the chapel. Parents were treated to moving songs by the choir, an upbeat selection by the jazz band, and a virtuoso performance by pianist Josh P. Videos were shown on a screen and other artwork could be viewed in the foyer. See more photos of the musical performances.

May 10
LS Concert 6:30
LS Strings, LS Orch, 2nd - Primary Choir


May 9 - MHSCD
MS Jazz plays at 2:30 - 3pm


May 2,3,4,5
US Musical - 7:30pm
Great Hall
2:00 - Sat matinee

May 6
US Choir & MS Jazz at St. John's/OES service
10:15 - for service (US Choir)
11:30 - MS Jazz

May 5
Jennifer Craig Ironside - Harp studio recital
2pm - chapel

May 3
MS Strings perform at Oregon Potter's Association
Ceramics Showcase

US to Present
Little Women
Next Week

Tickets are still available for a matinee performance and four evening performances of the Upper School production of Little Women, a musical based on Louisa May Alcott's family experiences and her classic novel of the same name. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. May 2–5 and at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 5. The show is appropriate for all ages.


Friday, April 27
US Instrumental plays at MS gathering - 8:am

Friday, April 20

SW/OR Kodaly Educators Annual Choir Festival

Reh at Sherwood Middle School

Concert at Archer Elementary

The annual Choral Festival for the Southwest Washington & Oregon Kodaly Educators will take place this year on the OES campus on Friday, April 20, 2012. We will have about 4 - 5 elementary school choirs visiting on campus including our 3rd - 5th Girls & Boys choirs who will be working under the baton of Ms. Judith Herrington (director of the Tacoma Youth Choirs and LS Music teacher at Charles Wright Academy)  from 9:00am - 1:30pm on that Friday. Feel free to stop by the chapel and hear some glorious music during the rehearsals!  The festival concert will be held in the chapel that evening at 7:30 - although only families and friends of the participants are invited to the concert that evening because of space limitations - so please stop by during rehearsals.
Amy Rheingans, Kris van Auken, Adam Steele

Saturday,  April 21 - OMEA Jr. Division Festival (MS and 5th grade students)

We have 23 MS students who will be participating in the OMEA (Oregon Music Educators Association) Jr. Division Solo/Ensemble District 15 festival at Whitford Middle School (Beaverton) on this Saturday, April 21.

Congratulations to the following students: Ruhika P., Kylie S., Jacob W., Clara C., Sarah M., Chloe F.-G., Ellie W., Tracy L., Ben C., Alejandra B., Grant T., Calla S., Amelia A., Alison T., Alex B., Erika S., Claire P., Isabel R., Neil D., Amaya S., Sophie S., Andy S., and Josh P. for their hard work!

(Nancy Teskey, Angelika Furtwangler, Jeri Haskins, Wendy Steele)

Sunday,  April 22 - at 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM, - 6th & 7th grade Choirs sing at "Carmina Burana"

The Sixth Mixed Choir and Seventh Grade Girls Choir will be featured as the children's chorus in the Oregon Repertory Singers two performances of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana". 

First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson, Portland
Tickets are available through the ORS office or can be purchased from Jeri Haskins and VJ Sathyaraj at OES.

PHOTOS from Carmina Burana!

April 25 - 8:15pm  -  Portland Musical presented by the 3rdGrade - LS Common Hall

Wed, - Sat, May 2,3,4,5 - 7:30pm  -  US Musical  "Little Women"

US to present Musical Adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s "Little Women"Upper School students will present a musical based on Louisa May Alcott's family experiences and her classic novel, Little Women, at 7:30 p.m.,
May 2 ,3, 4 and 5 in the Great Hall. The musical follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America.The story is told with music and dancing, and it is appropriate for all ages. Tickets may be purchased online here.

Stephanie Mulligan, Adam Steele, Wendy Steele, directors

Friday, May 4th  - MS Orch & 7th Strings at OPA Ceramics Showcase
7th Grade Strings & MS O Orch have been invited to perform at the Oregon Potter's Association Ceramics Showcase on Friday
10:30-11:30 am. Students leave campus at 9:30 and return by noon.

Angelika Furtwangler

Sunday, May 6 - OES Sunday at St.John's (US Choir & MS Jazz Band)

All are invited! - on campus
10:15 Contemporary service - US CHOIR guest ensemble, Adam Steele, director
@11:30 - MS Jazz (Dan Presley, director)  peforms after the service in the  covered area outside the Dining Hall

Adam Steele, Dan Presley

Monday, May 7 - at 7pm - Band Instrument Demo Night - in the Band Room

All those (2nd grade and 5th graders) wanting to hear instrument demonstrations and to try instruments are invited to attend. 
This evening can greatly aid in a student's selection of an instrument for LS  or MS band in the fall.

Nancy Teskey

OMEA/OSAA Jr. Solo. Ensemble
from your classroom music teacher

Contact Nancy Teskey, Jeri Haskins, Angelika Furtwangler, Wendy Steele or Sue Jensen for info.

Location :
Jr. Div. Solo and  Ensemble        
April 21,  2012   

7935 Southwest Scholls Ferry Road 

MS students participating in this - MUST be currently
enrolled in a OES music ensemble class (OSAA rules)
If there are any questions on this, please email Sue Jensen.


OMEA Sr. Solo.Ensemble: Feb. 18 - Adam, Wendy Steele
all day at Southridge High School, Beaverton

Monday February 27 - Friday March 2nd

MS Winter Instrumental Concert: Feb 27 - in the GYM - 6:30pm
MS Bands, MS Strings
 Nancy Teskey, Dan Presley, Angelika Furtwangler

Deadline for Registration Jr. Solo.Ensemble is March 16
NOTE: MS choir students MUST CHECK with Mrs. Haskins before registering. The OMEA festival is the same weekend as the Carmina Burana performances.


Congratulations to Kristin Q., Class of 2014, violin, who for the second time will be performing a concerto with members of the Oregon Symphony on the MetroArts Young Artists Concert on April 10 at 7:30pm at the Newmark Theatre, downtown Portland.
more info on tickets coming soon!

Congratulations to Mina Guo, Class of 2013, harp, will be performing with OES harp teacher, Jennifer Ironside (Oregon Symphony principal harpist)
FearNoMusic's concert
"One Hundred Years of John Cage"
on Friday, Feb. 17 at 8pm at the Yu building, 800 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to participate in the All-State Honor Ensembles
at the Oregon Music Educators Association Conference held in Eugene, Oregon at the Hult Center on
Jan. 12,13,14,15

Nick H., Class of '12
Amaya S., '18, violin
Maya W., '17,violin
Grant T., '17, cello
Gabe S., '17 trumpet
Calla S., '17, soprano



Congratulations all for a terrific
Upper School Fine & Performing Arts evening!

Summer Music Camps!


to the US Concert Choir who placed 4th at
the OSAA State Choir Festival
to Tree Palmedo, Class of 2011
who placed 3rd in OSAA State Solo trumpet at
Lewis and Clark College.



to all the musicians
*soloists, chorus members and orchestra members*
 in their stellar performances of
the Wizard of OZ and the greenshows!
Bravo to all!




 Retirement Brunch
10:45 - Perf
10:15 - Warmup

Primary-2nd grade choir & US selected musicians

OES Dining Hall
Monday 5/23
  LS Instrumental Spring Concert
LS Beg Strings,
LS Orch, & LS Band

6pm - warmup
6:30 Concert
  EC Barbeque
Primary  - 2nd grade choir
LS Commons
  MS Strings,
& Choirs:
Spring Concert
5:00 Warmup
5:30  - 6:45
(all MS Bands)

7pm - 8
(Strings & Choir)


  LS Spring Choir & Handbell Concert
Primary - 2nd Grade Choir; 3rd - 5th Girl Choir; OES Boys Choir;
5th Grade Girl Handbell Choirs; Wendy Steele Voice class
  US Fine &
Performing Arts Evening
3:00 - BDH
(ART Galleries &
US Jazz Combo)
6:30pm  - 9:30 Concert, Acting & Dance Class
BDH, MS COMMONS & Great Hall



to the US Concert Choir who placed 4th at the OSAA State Choir Festival!
to all the musicians
*soloists, chorus members and orchestra members*
 in their stellar performances of the Wizard of OZ and
the greenshows this past weekend!
Bravo to all!
who placed 1st in the OMEA district festival!
They will perform at the OSAA State Festival held at George Fox University
 on Thurs, May 5 representing District 15
 to Tree P., trumpet, '11
who placed 2nd at OMEA Solo/Ensemble, District 15
and will be playing at State Solo on April 30
at Lewis and Clark College

Tree recently was awarded a Jazz Honorable Mention from the YoungArts-National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts.
For more information on the program:

Congratulations to...
Kristin Qian, violinist,  Class of 2014,
who was a runner-up 
in the MTNA* Northwest Regional Competition
held in Boise this past weekend.

*Junior Strings in the *Music Teachers National Association

Welcome to...
Angelika Furtwangler
(new LS/MS Strings Specialist)

Phyllis Louke
(new Private flute teacher)

Naomi LaViolette
(new Private piano teacher)

......Recent news.....

Congratulations to Tree Palmedo, trumpet
who was accepted to the
2011 MENC All-Northwest Honor Jazz Ensemble!

Congratulations to 10 OES Musicians
Selected for All-State Honor Ensembles!

Three Upper School students and seven Middle School students have been selected to participate in the Oregon Music Teachers Association All-State Honor Ensembles at the annual OMEA state conference in Eugene in January. The students will rehearse and perform at the Hult Center with other top music students from Oregon under the direction of some of the finest conductors in the nation. Tree Palmedo '11 will play trumpet in the All-State High School Honor Jazz Band, and Chloe Louaillier '11 and Claire Londagin, '12 (missing photo) will sing in the
All-State High School Honor Choir.

Playing with the All-State Middle School Honor Band
will be clarinetists Lily Massaro '15 and Kylie Stanion '17.

Selected for the All-State Middle School Honor Orchestra were Andy Sun '16, violin; Matthew Carman '15, violin; David Spindel '16, violin; Grant Thomas '17, cello, and Jonathan Seabright '16, cello.

Violinist to Represent Oregon in Regional Contest
Kristin Qian '14 was named the 2010-2011 State Winner for Junior Strings in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competition, which she also won in 2007-2008. She will represent the state of Oregon in the MTNA Northwest Division Competition in January. Kristin also has been accepted as a finalist in the Honors Orchestra for the 2011 American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in February.