Rural Music Facilitators

Thanks to a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the generosity of our supporters, Ethos’ Music Across Oregon program brings the academic benefits of music education to over 3,000 youth each year.  Our Rural Music Facilitators provide full-time, in school general music education in underserved rural classrooms in Oregon.  Now in our 18th year of program operation, Music Across Oregon has served a vital role in ensuring that kids in rural communities have access to arts education.


Rural Music Facilitators

Micilin Kelly

After pursuing degrees in Saxophone Performance and Music Education, Micilin Kelly graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education in June of 2017. With a background in band instruction and a certification in Kodaly I, he hopes to offer a multitude of musical experiences to those he teaches. Micilin serves as the […]

Gwen Gerke

Gwen was the definition of a band geek in middle and high school. She graduated from a then 1A school in coastal Washington, having performed on every standard wind instrument during that time except for bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, and baritone. Using her experience she wrote a band piece for her senior project (still unnamed!), […]

James Andrews

James is currently serving as the full time music instructor at the Dufur School in Dufur, Oregon (Go Rangers!). He is in his fourth year with the Rural Outreach Project having previously served in Fossil, Oregon. James is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio by way of Singapore and Vancouver, BC. He has a deep and unironic […]

Tripp André

Tripp André is a music performer and educator that enjoys mentoring kids and working with youth arts nonprofits. Tripp earned a BM in Percussion Performance (2015) and an MA in Arts Administration (2016), both from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. He has many years of experience working with children, ranging from summers at […]

Johnathan Ang

Johnathan is a drummer from Gallup, New Mexico. He studied Music Performance at Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena while performing and teaching in the greater LA area. John began teaching for AmeriCorps in Madras in February 2018. He brings his experiences playing various genres from hip-hop and jazz, to metal and rock. He […]

Janessa Pogue

Janessa is currently serving her first year with AmeriCorps in Monument, OR as a full time music teacher. She lives with her family in Kimberly, OR now, but has had the opportunity to live in Wisconsin, SW Colorado, and West Texas. She has a passion for music, both learning it herself and teaching others. She […]

Hunter Dunn

Hunter is a composer and multi-instrumentalist serving as the Rural Music Facilitator in Condon. His background ranges from jazz piano, to gospel chorus, to metal guitar, to funky bass. After receiving his Bachelor’s in Music Composition from nearby Whitman College in the spring of 2018, he embarked on a trip nearly two years in the […]

Gregg Vineyard

Gregg is a Music Education and Vocal Performance double major at Oregon State University where he performs in the OSU Meistersingers, The Marching Band, and the All-Men’s Acapella group, Outspoken. Gregg’s main instrument is Piano, but he has a strong background in percussion and voice. He is also proficient in saxophone, guitar, bass, ukulele, and […]

Cameron Mortensen

Cameron is a singer and pianist originally from the California Bay Area. While working towards her Bachelor of Arts at CUNY Hunter College in New York City, she performed in instrumental ensembles and was the Music Director of the school’s a Capella group. She graduated with her degree in Music (along with a minor in […]

James Dolan

Singer-Songwriter, Performing Artist Educator Extraordinare, James Buffalo’s adventures have brought him to many important community positions. He has worked in a large variety of public and private school programs while providing quality music education to hundreds of students in his ten years of teaching. He studied Music Education at George Mason University, as well as […]

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