April 17 7:00 pm

Live from Disjecta! Stravinsky’s virtuosic theater-piece brings together seven PCSO instrumentalists alongside an all-star cast to tell the fairy-tale story of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a lifetime of riches. Be a part of this must-see showcase event for just $15 per household – ticket holders get two weeks of exclusive viewing access, so you can watch live, or whenever it’s convenient for you!

Robert McBride, the devil
Vin Shambry, the soldier
Stephanie Cordell, narrator

Note: Beginning Friday, 4/16, your viewing link will be included in your ticket purchase confirmation email.

Robert McBride retired from a three-decade-long radio career in 2018 and is now doing voice-over work, interviews, narration, and audio books. He’s also a composer and a percussionist. He wrote a work titled Waltzology for the Portland Columbia Symphony’s 25th Anniversary Season and Huw Edwards conducted the premiere in 2007. His works have been performed in Oregon, Idaho, Texas, and British Columbia. He’s narrated Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and is thrilled to add The Soldier’s Tale to his repertoire.

Vin Shambry

Vin Shambry

the soldier

Vin Shambry is a published writer, acclaimed storyteller, international actor, and director. He is truly honored to be working for the first time with Portland Columbia Symphony on this amazing project. He is a nationally recognized as an actor, with Broadway credits, multiple national tours, and international performing experiences, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. OUTDOOR SCHOOL is a feature film based on a story by Vin Shambry, written and directed by Ime Etuk. Vin has published work is in the 2019 book The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible. His original piece of Flower Joy is about a child who becomes an adult, first caught in the tangle & traps of poverty and family legacy, and then learning that those things are different from what we see from himself.

Stephanie is proud of her BFA in Musical Theatre from Elon College and specialized Shakespeare training from Patsy Rodenburg and Barbra Berlovitz. She is so appreciative of the time she spent as a company member with Theatre Vertigo, as a performer in a National Tour, singer on a cruise ship, actor in a Shakespeare festival, and improviser with Comedy Sportz. Her 12 years working at Oregon Children’s Theatre taught her that theatre can harness the power of relationships to inspire change. She is incredibly grateful for her fiancé Maggie and to be the mom of a french bulldog and a blind cat.

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The Double Bass Section is sponsored by Davida & Slate Wilson, MD

Joe Klause received his Bachelor’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston after having graduated from the Pre-College Program at Juilliard in New York. At the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, he continued his studies receiving a Master’s Degree in Dalcroze Eurhythmics (the study of music through movement) and an Artist Diploma in Chamber Music (with the Redline Brass Quintet, of which he is a founding member). After his time at music school, Joe put his skills to good use and built an ice cream sandwich business, Peace Pie, which now has five stores in three states up and down the East Coast. Feeling satisfied that he scooped enough ice cream, Joe moved to Oregon in 2017 to follow his passion for music.

Aside from performing with Portland Columbia Symphony, Joe is a regular performer with the Eugene Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, the Astoria Music Festival, and the Sun River Music festival. He is a member of the Rose City Brass Quintet, Rose City Brass Trio, and the Portlandia Brass Ensemble. He also performs with many other local orchestras, musicals, wind ensembles and festivals in and around the Pacific Northwest Aside from an extensive private studio, Joe teaches at the Community Music Center of Portland and was a Teaching Artist at the BRAVO youth orchestra program. He gives regular clinics at nine different Portland Metro area high schools, middle schools, colleges, and youth orchestras. Joe is an endorsed Conn Selmer Bach artist.

The Trumpet Section is sponsored by The Walker Family Foundation

Margaret McShea hails from Texas, where she received her degree in Bassoon Performance from the University of Texas in Austin. She and her trombonist husband moved to the Pacific Northwest long enough ago to have a native Oregonian son and are never moving again!

Margaret plays both bassoon and contrabassoon with regional symphonies such as the Vancouver (WA) Symphony and Oregon State University Orchestra, and she is also a chamber music specialist, performing regularly with several groups, including the PCSO Wind Quintet, which does outreach to children through concerts in schools and libraries around Oregon. She has a soft spot for vocal works, and has enjoyed being in the “pit” for countless musical theater and opera productions, as well as on the stage with local choral groups Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Oregon Repertory Singers, Willamette Master Chorus, Bravo Vancouver, Portland Vocal Consort and Portland Symphonic Choir. In the past few years, she has also branched out into studio recording and music videos with groups such as ARCO-PDX.

When not playing music, Margaret can be found in the great outdoors, gardening or camping and hiking with family and friends.

The Bassoon Section is sponsored by Diana & William Dameron

Greg Scholl has played trombone in Portland Columbia Symphony since 1996; he became principal trombone in 2000. He is also principal trombone in the Vancouver and Newport symphonies, and plays locally in the Portland Brass Quintet and the Portland Festival Symphony. He has performed with the Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Opera, the Salem Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Willamette Master Chorus, and the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as the Oregon Repertory Singers and the Portland Symphonic Choir. Greg was formerly second trombone in the Austin Lyric Opera, and is currently the trombone and low brass instructor at Pacific University.

He obtained a trombone performance degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Donald Knaub. Prior to that he studied with Peter Kline and David Brown in San Antonio, TX. Greg plays in the Portland modern jazz duo Dos Hermanos de Hale Bopp. Greg also plays guitar and trombone in a variety of styles with local bands and performers the Rhythm Dogs, Goombahttsi, and Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Justin Shandor.

After rejecting the millions of dollars people offered him to play the trombone, Greg obtained a law degree in 1995 from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law. During most business days he can be found practicing law as the director of the capital case team at the Metropolitan Public Defender. He enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, reading, camping and hiking, collecting things like Conan the Barbarian comic books, LP records, and concert recordings of the Grateful Dead, and being married to incredible principal bassoonist Margaret McShea.

The Trombone Section is sponsored by Mardy & Hank Stevens, in memory of Dr. Milton L. Stevens, Jr.