PCSO’s principal strings come together to perform Dvořák, Borodin, Nicole Buetti and more!
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Stephen Shepherd has performed throughout the country since leaving Kansas City, MO for the University of Iowa where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in music performance. He relocated to Pittsburgh, PA to work towards a Master’s in Music performance and Artist Diploma degrees, and, upon receiving them, decided to pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Iowa, completing the terminal degree in 2003. His orchestral playing includes several seasons with the Westmoreland, Wheeling, and Cedar Rapids symphonies and the Cedar Rapids Opera Orchestra before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2003. In addition to serving as Assistant Concertmaster for Portland Columbia Symphony this season, Stephen has served as the concertmaster of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra in McMinnville, OR, is a regular performer with the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and is the Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver (WA) Symphony. He is fortunate to have a lovely wife, Lanette and two daughters, Josie and Jasmine
Jody Morrissette joined the Portland Columbia Symphony as principal second violin in 2002. Prior to moving to Portland, she played professionally in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Topeka, and New York. Originally from Buffalo, Ms. Morrissette holds degrees in music and music therapy. As a board certified music therapist, she has worked in pediatric intensive care, oncology, Alzheimer care, special education, and music theater for adults with disabilities. With violin in hand, previous memorable experiences include the honor of a duet performance with Isaac Stern, the eccentric world of studio recording in Hollywood, theater and opera orchestras, chamber groups, radio, schools, movie soundtracks, playing Irish tunes on the roof of the car in traffic jams, and of course family weddings. When not performing, Jody enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family.
Jody Morrissette’s chair is sponsored by Richard & Linda Luce, in honor of Audrey & Leah Morrissette
Cynthia Scott is currently principal violist in Portland Columbia Symphony. She also plays regularly with the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the Newport Symphony, the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra, and the Chehalem String Quartet. She has previously been a member of the Portland Opera, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, the West Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
Cynthia teaches violin and viola in her own thriving studio, at the Community Music Center, and in the elementary strings program in the Lake Oswego School District. She is co-Director of the Oregon Suzuki Institute, a summer camp for Suzuki students of cello, piano, viola, and violin. She has been a clinician at the Anchorage Suzuki Institute and the Advanced Suzuki Strings Institute at Stanford University.
Cynthia graduated summa cum laude in violin performance from Lewis & Clark College and completed her Master’s in Music (with an emphasis on Suzuki pedagogy) at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, quilting, reading, and relaxing with her two cats.
The Viola Section is sponsored by Doug and April Westervelt
Cynthia Scott’s chair is sponsored by Joanne Scott
Barbara Johnston has appeared frequently as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the Northwest. Her solo appearances with Portland Columbia Symphony, Sinfonia Concertante Chamber Orchestra, and the Newport, Willamette Falls and Cascade symphonies have included works by Schumann, Elgar, Bloch, Creston, Boccherini, Moor, Vivaldi, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Haydn, and Richard Strauss.
Barbara studied music at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Guildhall School in London. Among her teachers were Colin Hampton of the Griller Quartet, William Pleeth of London’s Allegri Quartet, and Raymond Davis, principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony. She has played with the Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, and Oregon Ballet Theatre.
In addition to her work as principal cellist with Portland Columbia Symphony, she is a founding member and principal cellist of the Newport Symphony Orchestra. She also plays with the Element String Quartet of Newport and the Chehalem String Quartet of Portland.
Barbara lives in Scappoose with her husband, Craig, the principal timpanist of Portland Columbia Symphony. She recently retired from her law practices in Oregon and Washington, giving her additional time to devote to chamber music, as well as gardening, traveling, sailing, and writing.
Barbara Johnston’s chair is sponsored by George & Susan Stonecliffe