Ethan Sperry
Artistic Director
Oregon Repertory Singers 

Hailed by The Oregonian for providing “the finest choral concerts in Portland in recent memory,” Ethan Sperry is in his fifth year as Artistic Director and Conductor of Oregon Repertory Singers. Sperry began studying conducting at the age of eight, cello at the age of twelve, and singing at the age of eighteen. He has earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Harvard College and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California.

Ensembles under his direction have toured to Bermuda, Canada, China, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Puerto Rico, Russia, and Taiwan, and have performed at major venues in the United States including The Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center, The Washington National Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, The Nassau Coliseum, Cincinnati’s Music Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and the United Nations. He recently led the Portland State Chamber Choir to victory as the first American choir ever to win the prestigious Seghizzi International Competition for Choral Singing in Italy, and led Oregon Repertory Singers to place second in the folk music category at the 2014 International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, the oldest choral competition in the world.

A prolific arranger of World Music for choirs, Dr. Sperry is the editor of the Global Rhythms series for Earthsongs Music, one of the best-selling choral series in the country. Sperry is also a frequent collaborator with film composer AR Rahman and has appeared as a guest conductor for him numerous times including at Bollywood Night at the Hollywood Bowl and the 2008 Filmfare Awards, the Indian equivalent of the Oscars. He also serves as a consultant for the KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, the first classical music school in India, which opened in 2009. Dr. Sperry was the 2016 Distinguished Artist at the Civitella Ranieri in Italy. He is also Director of Choral Activities at Portland State University, where he conducts the world-renowned Chamber Choir and University Choir and leads undergraduate and graduate programs in conducting. 


Naomi LaViolette, Accompanist
Oregon Repertory Singers 

As piano accompanist since 2004, Naomi LaViolette has played for rehearsals, performances and annual events of the ORS Adult Choir. Naomi was born in Portland, and began studying piano at the age of four and singing at the age of thirteen. She earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in classical piano performance, consecutively from the University of Puget Sound and Portland State University. She also studied jazz piano and participated in the jazz combos program at Portland State University. Her performances with many singers, instrumentalists, chamber and choral groups have included the Vancouver Symphony, Portland Piano International, Choral Cross-Ties, the Tacoma Civic Chorus, Classical Revolution PDX, the Portland Jazz Festival, the Gorge Music Festival, and the Fleur-De-Lis Piano Trio. She has taught and performed within the music faculties of Portland State University, Lewis & Clark College, Clackamas Community College, and the Oregon Episcopal School.

A creative songwriter, arranger, and recording artist, Naomi released her first solo record, self-titled Naomi LaViolette in March 2012, a holiday single Noel in December 2012, and an EP entitled You’ve Got Me in October 2013. Often compared to Sarah McLachlan and Norah Jones, Naomi skillfully weaves her training in classical piano performance and jazz standards with a variety of folk, soul, pop and gospel creating a musical vibe that is both vintage and current.

Naomi’s music has received great review and critical acclaim from media including Oregon Music News, The Oregonian, The Portland Tribune, Willamette Week, tereoSubversion.com, KATU’s AM Northwest,KINK.fm, and KMHD.fm. She is praised for her original music and balanced combination of chops and lyricism. Naomi has opened for national and international artists, and she has performed at esteemed venues and festivals including the Portland Jazz Festival, Jimmy Mak’s, the Doug Fir Lounge, the Alberta Rose Theater, and The Bite of Oregon.

She is often commissioned to write songs for various outlets, provide arrangements of her music for other musical groups, and is an in-demand session player and performer. The Oregon Repertory Singers premiered Naomi’s holiday composition for choir, “Noel”, in December 2010. Choirs all over the Northwest now perform the work, and it was performed by ORS again in December 2013 as part of the group’s 40th season.


Lennie Cottrell, Assistant Conductor & Choir Manager
Oregon Repertory Singers 

Lennie received his undergraduate degree in music education from Northwestern University before working for the Chicago Children's Choir as an In-School conductor from 2013-2016, teaching music and leading choirs of students grades three through eight throughout the city of Chicago. He is currently a conducting masters student at Portland State University, where he studies with Ethan Sperry. Lennie is the co-founder of Constellation Men's Ensemble, a non-profit professional men's chamber choir. An experienced singer, Lennie has performed with Music of the Baroque, the Church of the Atonement Schola, and the Bienen Contemporary/Early Ensemble at Northwestern University. This is Lennie's second season with Oregon Repertory Singers.

Kimberly Skondin
Artistic Director 

ORS Youth Choirs

Kimberly Putnam holds her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from University of Oregon and Masters in K-12 Music Education from Portland State University. Kimberly is a level four certified Kodaly educator and has extensive experience performing, teaching, and directing choirs with the Youth Choir of Central Oregon. 

In addition to her work with Oregon Repertory Singers, Kim is a K-5 music specialist at Hazeldale Elementary in the Beaverton school district, serves of the Oregon Music Educators Association Board, and National Planning committee for the Kodaly Conference. Prior to her work in the Portland metro area, she was the K-5 music specialist at Buckingham Elementary School in Bend, OR where she founded the Bronco Singers in 2011 which grew from 20 singers to 60 singers in three years. 


Barbara McQuillen, Musicianship Director
ORS Youth Choirs 

Barbara McQuillen has taught music at the Elementary, Middle School or High School level in the Lake Oswego School District for the past 24years.  She holds a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona and recently completed Kodaly Level 2 certification at Portland State.  She currently teaches K-5 general music at Oak Creek Elementary School.

 


Erika Uribe, Accompanist and
Rehearsal Assistant

ORS Youth Choirs

This is Erika’s sixth season with ORSYC as an accompanist and rehearsal assistant.  Erika teaches K-4 elementary general music and choir at Captain Strong Primary in Battle Ground, WA.  She has taught elementary general music and choir in multiple schools settings in the Portland Metro Area and in Oakland, CA.  Erika has been accompanying since high school, playing in a variety of performance settings including choir, musicals, and for vocal and instrumental soloists.  She has completed 4 levels of Kodaly training, and is an active board member of Southwest Washington/Oregon Kodaly Educators.  She loves making music with people of all ages and believes in the power of singing to bring people together!

 


Dustin Hunley, Musicianship Instructor
and Rehearsal Assistant
ORS Youth Choirs

Dustin Hunley is a musician and an educator.  As a public school teacher of 14 years, Dustin is beginning his seventh year as music specialist at Dorothy Fox Elementary School. He is director of the student ukulele ensemble "Fox Pack Swingin' Ukes." Prior to coming to the Camas School District, he taught elementary and high school music in the Colombia Gorge and in Santa Fe, NM.

Dustin holds an Masters of Science in Music from Portland State University, and a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of Denver. He has completed the four-year levels training program in the Kodály music education method, and his classroom instruction and curriculum closely follow national and state standards to give the students at Dorothy Fox music education of the highest quality.

Dustin is the Director of Children's Choirs of the First Unitarian Church of Portland, and is a singer and soloist in the church's Unitarian and Chamber Choirs.  Dustin also teaches musicianship and is an accompanist for the Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choir.

As a performer, Dustin has performed as a pianist and vocalist for over 20 years in a wide variety of jazz, popular, funk, and commercial groups. He has performed in countless venues, and has played extended engagements in Las Vegas and with Carnival Cruise Lines.  He currently performs as a soloist and with many of Portland's best jazz musicians at its top venues.