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.
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.
Jed Shay, Executive Director, on leave
Jed has been working in the Portland arts arena since 1996. Prior to working in the nonprofit field he was a private businessman, owning a successful restaurant and a respected talent casting agency/production office in Portland. For the past 12 years plus, Jed has been a successful nonprofit executive with social service, arts and education agencies, most recently as Executive Director for the Oregon Repertory Singers. He is a local leader skilled in developing relationships with people, successfully creating partnerships with them and their organizations. He has a deep understanding of how nonprofits are run. His experiences and personal insights are keys to his ability to propel nonprofit organizations to succeed in both visionary planning and financially. Being insightful, listening, being strategic and innovative are all processes in which Jed excels and PYP benefits.
Sara Steinman, CPA, Finance Manager
Sara graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor's degree in accounting. After college she worked briefly in West Linn before moving to Sacramento, CA, where she spent ten years in public accounting as an auditor specializing in non-profits.
Rachel Sokolow, Marketing and Community Relations Manager
Originally from Montclair, NJ, Rachel received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from The Hartt School, where she studied violin with Mitchell Stern and members of the Emerson Quartet. She performed as a violinist with the Oregon Symphony during the 1999-2000 season under Maestro James DePreist.
From 2004-2011, Rachel worked at Carnegie Hall in New York City. During that time, she launched and managed two significant music education, performance, and arts leadership initiatives. The Communities LinkUP (now LinkUP National) program created lasting partnerships between symphony orchestras and their local music education programs through the delivery of Carnegie Hall's music education curriculum. As Program Manager for The Academy - A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, she supported over fifty exceptionally talented post-graduate musicians as they embarked on their professional lives (The Academy provides performance opportunities, advanced musical training and intensive teaching instruction and experience to conservatory graduates).
Rachel is passionate about classical music and the development of young musicians' careers. She is dedicated to promoting artistic excellence and meaningful community collaborations. As the Marketing and Community Relations Manager for the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Rachel is thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the story of America's first youth orchestra.
Phone: Extension 104
Olivia Kipper, Office Administrator
Olivia Kipper graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor’s degree in classics. In her time at Whitman, she worked in an administrative capacity for both the Rhetoric Studies department and the Annual Giving Office. After graduating, she interned for an arts and culture commission in Eugene and is looking forward to combining her passion for youth outreach with the arts. Her primary duties include database management, volunteer coordination, ticketing, and office management.
David graduated from University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and later received a Post Bachelor's Degree from Portland State University after moving to Portland. He has worked as a designer for local creative firms as well as independently, focussing on design for web, print and identity.