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Who is Teaching at the Metis Center?

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Michael Davis
(503) 432-7407

Michael Davis is a solo guitarist specializing in finger style jazz, pop, classical and bossa nova styles. His solo guitar sounds are at times like a conversation between a bass player and guitarist. The 7-string guitar allows Michael to play bass lines, chords and melody simultaneously.

Michael puts his heart and soul into his playing; it is obvious he loves what he does. Whether playing standards or original compositions; he plays with immense feeling and expression. His arrangements; sometimes light, but more often intricate and haunting are a seamless blend of jazz, pop and Latin influences. His choice of harmonic color gives standards a refreshing update. His compositions range from jazz and pop to sambas and bossa nova. The process is always on-going but Michael strives for a new approach and is continually searching for new sounds.

Michael's music has been played on select radio stations across America. He has written for cable television, recorded several albums including: solo guitar, guitar and orchestra and a Christmas album, Snowfall, with the Timeless Quintet. A book of arrangements from the CD, Snowfall, has been published by Lorenz Music, and is available in bookstores.Please visit our web site for more information and a free lesson.
Natalie Gunn
Voice Instructor

Private or group voice and musicianship lessons are offered for all ages and levels.  

"Natalie understands how to work with me. She makes me feel comfortable so that I can take risks in my singing, but she also sets high standards for me so that I am always working and moving forward. Teaching is more than just a job for Natalie. I know that she honestly cares about her students." -- Former Student, now a music major at PSU

"She explained things to me in a way that made more sense than any way I had been taught before. She was very observant and intuitive, noticing what 'clicked' with me and what didn't. Ms. Gunn was always showing me ways to display the good in my voice, and to correct the old habits that I had. My confidence in myself was given back to me through my lessons with Ms. Gunn." -- Former Student holding a BA in Music, now singing and teaching in Quebec

Natalie studies with the legendary Ellen Faull, and coaches with Richard Bower.  She holds a Master of Music degree from Portland State University, where she served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant under Ruth Dobson.  Natalie has been featured by many leading regional companies, such as the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Columbia Symphony, Northwest Performing Arts, Portland SummerFest, the Olympia Symphony, Eugene Opera, and Portland Opera.  
Jennifer Krumm

LeeAnn McKenna
LeeAnn McKenna’s distinguished performance career has taken her across the United States and throughout Europe. During that time she has worked with such renowned flutist as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Lois Schaefer (Boston Symphony), Donald Peck (Chicago Symphony), Carol Wincenc, Mindy Kaufman (New York Philharmonic), Julius Baker (New York Philharmonic), Richard Trombley, andJohn Solum.

LeeAnn, former professor of flute studies at Marylhurst University and Lane Community College, is firm believer in the development of young talent and community work. She performs regularly at and works with various high schools throughout the Portland area. In 2005, she established the Marylhurst Flute Choir, a performance ensemble of comprised of talented and distinguished high school flutists from the Portland area.

LeeAnn has formed a diverse range of professional musical partnerships within the Portland community. She performs in consort with the Oregon Chamber Players, and with classical guitarist Peter Zisa and koto player Yukiko Vossen in the ensemble Thousand Waves. Their work together has culminated in a unique series of performances and a CD, “West Meets East”, of Japanese and Western-European music. LeeAnn is also a member of the folk-fusion ensemble, Kendálin. Kendálin’s CD, Opening, is available on iTunes.
Kerrie Nasman

Amalia Parecki
Violin Instructor

Babs Smith
(971) 244-2387

Nathan Trueb
Guitar Instructor
(503) 449-1445

Marion Van Namen
Certified Music Therapist
(503) 956-4046

I am a certified music therapist and Waldorf teacher, and have worked with children and adults in both the US and Europe.  My clientele consists of elementary school children with behavioral challenges or learning difficulties, and adults going through difficult life transitions such as divorce, death of a loved one, illness.  My clients get to play a wide range of instruments. Singing, movement and story telling are also used.  Imagine feeling the resonance of a cello, the warmth of a copper flute, expressing your creativity on an African drum, strengthening your sense of self by maintaining your own musical part    
I also teach cello and African drumming.