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Rebekah Phillips

Rebekah Phillips

Executive Director

With expertise in both earned revenue and audience development strategies, Rebekah brings more than 15 years of arts management experience to the Portland Columbia Symphony. A trained classical bassoonist, her career began here in Portland at Chamber Music Northwest, where she spent more than a decade exploring the many sides of arts administration before discovering a passion for marketing. In 2014 she joined the Oregon Symphony team, where she was instrumental in developing digital and brand strategies, as well as setting multiple earned income records for the institution, which she did while leading the department for nearly a year as Interim Vice President for Marketing, Communications & Sales. When she’s not running, working on her garden, or doting on her two shiba inus, Rebekah serves on the Board of Directors of the Montavilla Farmers Market. She is a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.

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Melinda Larson

Melinda Larson

Operations Director

Karl Snyder

Karl Snyder

Audience Services & Database Manager

Karl joined Portland Columbia Symphony in 2019, but his career has long been focused in non-profit arts administration. His previous positions at Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and The Whitney Museum of American Art give him experience in the areas of customer service, development, and data improvement. Originally from Austin, TX, Karl attended Carleton College in Minnesota, and then spent significant stints in Minneapolis and Brooklyn, NY, before settling in Portland. When he’s not at Portland Columbia Symphony, Karl is also the Music Editor for FRONTRUNNER Magazine and writes for Medium and The Wild Honey Pie. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, attending concerts, and spending time with his cat, Twig.

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Mike Goffe

Mike Goffe

Viola & Orchestra Librarian

Mike has been playing viola in Portland Columbia Symphony since 2010, officially joining PCSO as a section player in 2012, and most recently, assuming the responsibilities of Music Librarian. In addition to being an avid chamber musician, he also plays locally in the Tualatin Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Oregon Coast Symphony, and has played previously in the Vancouver (WA) and Susanville symphony orchestras, the Ruby Mountain Symphony (Elko, NV), and the Foundation Orchestra Association in Reno, Nevada. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Arts and Letters and minored in Viola and Vocal (tenor) Performance at Portland State University in 2007, and has had the honor of studying with Joël Belgique in Portland and Ginny Tilton and Soo Kyong Kim in Reno.

When he’s not busy geeking out musically, Mike is typically in a Business Analyst role by day. He enjoys many extracurricular activities including playing chess, bridge, and cribbage, all at tournament level, playing video games, and Zumba. He also has extensive interests in the Sciences and loves to travel abroad.

The Viola Section is sponsored by Doug and April Westervelt

Mike Goffe’s chair is sponsored by Adele & Ted Pelletier

Max Biggs

Max Biggs

Stage Manager

Genevieve Larson

Genevieve Larson

Stage Manager

Betsy Hatton

Betsy Hatton

Violin

Executive Director Emeritus

Betsy Hatton was instrumental in formulating the by-laws, articles of incorporation of Portland Columbia Symphony, and authored its first five-year business plan. She also served on the long range planning committee that developed the first Board of Directors in 1992, served on the Board of Directors for six years, and was President of the Board for two years.

Ms. Hatton graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Romance Languages and Education. In addition to teaching, she has served as a consultant of major event planning for the March of Dimes and Cor-Events.

Ms. Hatton began her musical studies at age twelve. She has been a violinist with PCSO since 1986, and has played with the Portland Chamber Orchestra, Yaquina Orchestra, Vancouver (WA) Symphony, and Eugene Symphony.

“It has been my privilege to be a part of PCSO on every level and to be the first Executive Director. It is my fondest continuing wish that we keep our orchestra and organization vital and strong. We have always used our mission statement as our guiding principle: To make quality music affordable, accessible, and in a friendly spirit. We believe that it takes both the musician and audience to create the magic of that intangible collective experience of sharing live music with other living and breathing human beings. I am confident in the continuing enrichment that music provides in all of our lives – and the important role that PCSO plays in the vibrant arts community that defines our region.”

In addition to music, Betsy is an avid cook and gardener happily growing most of her own spices and vegetables in her spare time. Betsy enjoys time with her children and grandchildren and of course her husband, Greg. (Secret pleasure – U of O sports – all of them!)

Betsy Hatton’s chair is sponsored by Terry & Bill Currier and Linda & Ron Greenman