oregon repertory singers Youth ChoirS ARtistic staff

The youth choir artistic team is so excited to offer a virtual program this fall. While we all wish we were meeting together in-person to execute our standard program of musicianship classes AND choir rehearsals, the entire artistic team was very involved and committed to helping ORSYC pivot to a new way of offering our valuable program; developing engaging content, and ensuring an educational opportunity for its participants. Unfortunately, due to changing and challenging schedules as we adapt to this new normal, not all instructors are able to participate at this time. We look forward to welcoming back our entire team for future sessions and/or when we return to normal operations.

Winter 2020 Virtual Musicianship Program Instructors Team:

PreK/Kindergarten and 1st- 2nd Grade musicianship classes will be taught by Julia McGarrity.

3rd – 5th Grade musicianship class will be taught by Nick Dolan.

Middle/High School musicianship class will be taught by Katie Regan.

Advanced Middle/High School musicianship class will be taught by Jeff Evans.

Kimberly Skondin, Erika Uribe, and Barb McQuillen are offering curriculum support and look forward to engaging in other projects throughout the session to enhance the virtual program experience.

Kimberly Skondin, Artistic Director 

Kimberly Skondin holds her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Oregon and a 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. She has been the artistic director of the ORS Youth Choirs since 2014, and in 2016 won the prestigious Excellence in Elementary Music Education award from the Oregon Music Education Association.

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 on 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

Barbara McQuillen has taught music at the Elementary, Middle School or High School level in the Lake Oswego School District for the past 24 years.  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.


Jeff Evans, Musicianship Instructor 

Jeff Evans is an educator, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist originally from Tucson Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Portland State University and has completed Kodaly level 1 training. He recently completed a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at Portland State University. From 2014-2018 Jeff was director of choirs at Valley Catholic School in Beaverton. where he taught middle and high school music. Jeff is a former member of the Oregon Repertory Singers adult choir, where he held the position of Bass Section Leader. Jeff joined the ORSYC staff in 2018.


Chris Adams-Brown, Musicianship Instructor 

Chris Adams-Brown has been teaching music for the past 19 years. She has taught for Oregon Repertory Singers Youth choirs on and off for the past 15 years teaching musicianship classes and also directing Poco Choir for a few of those years.  Chris is currently teaching Choir and Mariachi at Roseway Heights Middle School in Portland Public Schools. She earned her Level IV Kodaly certification from Portland State University.

Chris lives in Portland with her husband and 3 children, 2 of whom also sing with Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choirs. In her free time she enjoys playing video games, knitting, playing Dungeons & Dragons, singing karaoke and hanging out with her family.


Erika Uribe, Accompanist and Rehearsal Assistant

Erika Uribe has been ORSYC’s accompanist and rehearsal assistant since 2011. 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 school 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 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.


Julia McGarrity, Musicianship Instructor and Rehearsal Assistant

Julia McGarrity Holds a Masters of Education as well as a Bachelor of Music Education from Portland State University. She is a former Violist for the PSU Symphony where she gained experiences performing with the Portland Ballet, China Forbes from Pink Martini, and was able to work with world-renowned conductors. Julia has completed her Level One Kodaly certification and finished her student teaching under the guidance of Dustin Hunley. In addition to working with the Oregon Repertory Singers, Julia is a K-5 music specialist at Hiteon Elementary in the Beaverton School District where she conducts an after-school choir, theater program, and soon to be elementary orchestra. Julia’s prior teaching experience includes writing curriculum, leading lectures, and teaching for the Montessori Schools of North Portland, directing the Young Musicians Choir at First Presbyterian Church, and conducting music for Portland Parks and Recreation’s Theater Programs. Outside of the classroom, you can find Julia singing, songwriting, working on her next album of music, and performing at local Portland Venues. Julia began teaching with ORS in January 2019.


Nick Dolan, Musicianship Instructor

Nick Dolan is a composer, music educator, and choir director from Portland, Oregon. He holds a Masters of Education with a Choral focus from Portland State University, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music. Nick has completed three levels of Kodaly training and plans to complete his Kodaly certification soon. Nick teaches K-5 Music in North Clackamas School District and directs a youth choir with 4th and 5th graders. His prior teaching experience also includes middle school choir, and he has been a guest clinician for Lewis and Clark College and the Portland Film Festival. Nick enjoys cooking, playing the piano, and writing music in his spare time.