David Hattner, Musical Director
David Hattner is the fifth Musical Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Mr. Hattner was selected from a pool of 112 candidates by a search committee comprised of board members, alumni, community representatives, musicians, and teachers. He received positive reviews from both audiences and critics alike after his debut with PYP in November 2008. "The Portland Youth Philharmonic roared like a Maserati on Saturday in its first concert under music director David Hattner. The route was challenging, the execution distinguished and the ride delightful," wrote David Stabler for The Oregonian.
"David is ideal for PYP. He creates the musical and social environment in which young musicians can and want to do their best," said Murry Sidlin, former Resident Conductor of the Oregon Symphony, who worked with Mr. Hattner at the Aspen Music Festival and the Cascade Festival of Music. "He is a brilliant clarinetist, has very high artistic vision, and invites young musicians to join him at that level. He worked ferociously to become the excellent conductor he is. Nobody handed him anything. He worked for it and succeeded. PYP is tremendously fortunate to have persuaded David to join them."
David Hattner's conducting credits include the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma Chamber Ensemble, the Garden State Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Atlantica, and multi-media work with silent film in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. "David Hattner conducted a calmly authoritative performance . . . " wrote Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times, reviewing a performance of Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light. He has also guest conducted the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Sospeso, International Contemporary Ensemble, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, and the Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra. Hattner received a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Northwestern University, where he was a clarinet student of Robert Marcellus. He has participated in the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen three times, where he studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin. He has also held Principal Clarinet positions with Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Cascade Music Festival Orchestra, New Jersey Opera Theater, and Key West Symphony Orchestra.
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Larry Johnson, Conservatory Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Conductor
Mr. Johnson received his bachelor of music from the University of Puget Sound and his masters in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He conducted and directed wind ensemble, band and orchestra at PSU and Mount Hood Community College. He has taught at Clackamas Community College and Lewis and Clark College. He is formerly principal horn of Germany’s Philharmonia Hungarica, was assistant principal horn with the Oregon Symphony (1996–2005), and has been a regular member of the Seattle Opera’s Wagner Ring Cycle Orchestra since 1976. He has performed with other orchestras throughout the Pacific Northwest, numerous chamber music groups and summer music festivals.
Carol Sindell, Young String Ensemble Conductor
Carol Sindell, born in Cleveland, Ohio, began studying the violin with Josef Gingold at the age of seven. A year later she gave her first solo performance with orchestra playing a Mozart Concerto. At the age of eleven she was the youngest soloist ever to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra, playing the Mendelssohn Concerto under the direction of Robert Shaw. Her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra was followed by successive orchestral and recital engagements. In 1962, Ms.Sindell had the honor of being accepted as a student of Jascha Heifetz, and the following year performed on an international broadcast as an outstanding representative of the Heifetz Master Class. While a student at the Juilliard School, she was influenced by mentors such as Ivan Galamian, and Erica Morini. Ms. Sindell was the winner of the Friday Morning Music Club Competition in Washington,D.C., and the International Advisory Council Competition in Chicago. In 1972 she was awarded the Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant for performance. After her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1974, she played throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe both as a soloist and ensemble player. She was a featured artist on a national tour with Music from Marlboro, playing at the Metropolitan Museum, Tully Hall, and the Smithsonian Institute.
Since 2006, Sindell has been a member of The American String Project, an elite group of musicians who perform and record at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. She has participated in numerous festivals, including Chamber Music Northwest, Park City International Music Festival, and Rencontres Musicales in Arc-et-Senans, France. Two years ago she was invited to teach and lecture at the Huang Shan International Young Musicians Festival sponsored by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. As a member of the Florestan Trio, she has toured internationally, and recorded a CD. Other CDs include Duos for Violin and Cello, as well as numerous collaborations with other esteemed colleagues.
In addition to a busy concert schedule, Sindell is a Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at PSU. She has made an outstanding career as a teacher and coach, and enjoys the accolades received by her many gifted students.
Ann Cockerham, Operations Manager & Music Librarian
Mrs. Cockerham was a music teacher for grades Kindergarten through 10 from 1995-2000. She has continued to stay involved with music for young people by starting a vocal choir and a handbell choir at her church. She joined the PYP team in 2001. Contact her about any orchestra related matters such as attendance, auditions and instrumental rental. She is also responsible for organizing and distributing the musical repertoire for all 3 orchestras, and maintaining the PYP's music library.
Phone: Extension 102
Kevin Allen, Operations Assistant
Kevin Allen received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Portland State University. He first became involved with the organization in Fall of 2007 where he joined both the Portland Youth Philharmonic and the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble on trombone. He later became part of the Theory Staff and taught theory for YSE, PYWE, and PYCO. He joined the office staff in June 2011. His duties include Peer Mentorship, Children's Concerts, and he helps run both PYCO and PYWE.
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Kiri Murakami-Loehmann, Executive Director
Kiri Murakami-Loehmann has spent the last dozen years working at arts organizations in different capacities, including as an administrator, board member, violinist, and teacher.
Her passion for music began at age three when she started learning the violin and piano. She has garnered many accolades, including first prize in The Juilliard School violin competition, recognition from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and orchestral pieces commissioned by the Gemini Youth Orchestra (NY) and the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey (NJ). She attended the Aspen Music Festival for six summers and served as concertmaster of the New York Youth Symphony, performing at Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Murakami-Loehmann was an audio engineering assistant for concert venues before graduating with high honors from Princeton University in music theory/composition, Japanese, and environmental studies. She worked in the education department at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra before joining the Princeton Symphony Orchestra where she served as General Manager and Artistic Administrator. In her spare time, she serves on the board of a non-profit organization, Music for Autism, based in New York City.
Phone: Extension 109
Kristan Knapp grew up in small towns of Central and Southeast Washington studying piano, singing in choirs and playing flute in bands. She first fell in love with the Portland Junior Symphony when her family moved to Portland while she was in high school. Kristan graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and returned to the Pacific Northwest at the height of the women’s movement. She co-founded a women’s choir and small ensemble that embraced music making as cultural work supporting social change. From 1984-1996 Kristan toured as flutist with the Musica Femina Flute-Guitar Duo, introducing audiences to classical and contemporary women composers. Musica Femina recorded two cds and performed at national festivals, on college campuses, and in coffeehouses coast to coast. To support her touring habit, Kristan worked seasonally for Portland Parks & Recreation, producing free concerts in parks from 1980 to 2010. She also worked for several social service agencies as Development Director, and most recently was Retail and Volunteer Manager at Oregon Ballet Theatre. Contact Kristan with your ideas for fundraising, and capturing PYP’s history for a 100th anniversary celebration.
Phone: Extension 112
Bev Backa, Finance Manager
Bev Backa originally began a professional career as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; serving as the clinical director of The Holman Group, a HMO style mental health organization in Nevada. Following a family move to Oregon in 1999, Bev served as a senior manager for several non-profits providing mental health and social services in the Portland area. They included Lifeworks NW, Boys and Girls Aid Society, and ChristieCare. In 2007, Bev left administration to continue her education in accounting and finance. She completed the Post-Baccalaureate Accounting program at PSU and sat for and passed the Oregon CPA exam. Following contract assignments with local CPA firms and non-profit organizations, Bev made her professional home with Jewish Family and Child Services from 2010-2015. Bev currently lives in Happy Valley with her husband and daughter.
Phone: Extension 103