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Cathy Champion-Predmore NCTM
Cathy M. Champion-Predmore earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree with a minor in Library in 1985 from the University of Montana – Missoula. She also has college credits from Montana State University in Bozeman and Great Falls, Carroll College in Helena and Helena Technical College. As an independent piano teacher, she has taught several hundred students over her 40+ year career and taught college level group piano classes and private lessons as Graduate Teaching Assistant working toward a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance.
Since moving to the Oregon Coast in the Fall of 2016, Cathy volunteered at the Newport Public Library and at the Waldport Middle School. She is a member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association – Lincoln County District and is presently Vice-president and Ensemble Festival Chair. She holds a Permanent Professional Certificate in Piano from the Music Teachers National Association, a process taking 15 years. She is the organist at Our Savior Lutheran Church and collaborative pianist for Waldport High School and Middle School Choirs and rehearsal accompanist for the Women of Note. She has given nine solo piano recitals, which raised thousands of dollars for the Jean Crockett Memorial Scholarship Fund in Helena, MT. Since moving to Waldport, she has performed solos and ensembles in each Spotlight on the Teachers student benefit concert as well as the Oregon MTA State Convention in 2016.
Prospective students can expect a well-rounded music education to include piano repertoire, history, theory, technique and artistry in a supportive environment.
Vocal Studies | Piano | Guitar
Chris offers music instruction in vocal studies, piano and guitar at her studio in central Newport. She also offers vocal instruction at Oregon Coast Community College in performance studies. Chris serves as vocal coach for the Central Coast Chorale and sings with the Women of Note. She serves as music minister at Trinity Methodist Church in Toledo on Sunday mornings.
Donna Olson, NCTM
Donna Olson has more than 30 years of experience teaching piano and has held leadership roles in various state and local music teachers associations (Virginia: President, Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association; President, Fairfax West Music Teachers Association. Washington State: President, Puyallup Valley Music Teachers Association and at the State level: Vice President, District 3).
Donna has a Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) and has, in addition, earned National Certification of Teachers of Music (NCTM) recognition. She also has an Associate Degree in Piano from the Queensland Conservatory in Australia and a BA in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University.
While Donna left behind a full studio in Puyallup, the promising new Lincoln City studio is just as spacious and still features two Yamaha grand pianos. She is now a member of both the Oregon Music Teachers Association and the Lincoln County Chapter of Music Teachers.
Sarah Barker Ball, NCTM
Piano | Theory
A lifetime of music is rooted in Sarah's living in Newport for many years and participating in the rich cultural life it offers. She now lives in Forest Grove where she maintains an active studio, teaches piano to all ages, and stays connected to Lincoln County OMTA whenever possible.
Mary grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, and began studying piano with D. Rarick at age nine. By age eighteen she had completed the Oregon Music Teachers' Association Syllabus program for piano studies. She holds a B.S. in Music Education from Western Oregon University. She has continued her piano studies over the years with master teachers K. Bailey and Dr. A. Giles in Los Angeles, and is currently studying as a Tholen Fellow through Portland Piano International for the 2018-2020 season.
After graduating from WOU, Mary went to work for Yamaha Music Corporation and taught in Hawaii and California for several years. She worked at the Research and Development Center in Irvine, CA for over 5 years creating curriculum, teaching and performing. She has traveled the world as an instructor with the “Passport to Music” program through Yamaha Corporation and Crystal Cruise Lines.
Mary has worked extensively as an accompanist for solo artists, ensembles, church groups and in musical theater in Hawaii, California, Arizona and Oregon. She is currently playing for the Siuslaw school choirs, St. Mary, Our Lady of the Dunes and St. John the Apostle Parishes. She maintains membership in MTNA and OMTA and has proudly served in the past as President of the Central Oregon Chapter of OMTA.
Mary has operated a private studio for more than 30 years, and is now accepting students ages 6-adult at her studio in Florence, Oregon.
Piano | Early Childhood Music | Theory
Jessica W. Treon received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy and has over forty years of teaching experience. Jessie believes learning music should be a positive and loving experience regardless of the student’s age. Her music program begins with Polly Panda Music which is designed for 2-4 year olds. It is a pre-piano program using singing, movement, rhythm instruments, and dance. After Polly Panda students move to Kinder Keyboards, a mix of basic music and beginning keyboard lessons for students age 4-6.
She teaches private piano, to students of all ages and levels, keyboard classes, and Polly Panda at her studio in Seal Rock. She teaches Kinder Keyboards and Polly Panda in Newport as well. She welcomes any students with special needs and is always interested in being of service to families.
Jessica is an active member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association. Her students have all the advantages and performance opportunities which OMTA offers locally and throughout the state. At the same time, Jessica continues her education as teacher and performer through OMTA. She studied technique with Dr. Tom Mark and has had performance coaching from Dr. Jill Timmons and Alexander Tutunov. She participated in the First Cohort of the Tholen Fellows program in 2015-16 where she studied with Stanislav Ioudenitch and Tatiana Ioudenitch.
She is a substitute pianist at Sacred Heart Church and is available for other church services, weddings, etc. She performs as a duo with Mary Lee Scoville and performs twice a year in the OMTA Spotlight on the Teachers concerts where she has collaborated with many other OMTA members and guests. The Scoville-Treon duo traveled to France in 2009 to attend Musique a Beaumont, a week-long seminar and performance opportunity for duo pianists and they participated in a series of Two Piano Institutes held over the years in Newport.