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 […]

Samantha Ragsdale

Samantha serves as a Rural Outreach Music Facilitator in Falls City, Oregon. Her hometown is Baker City, Oregon, where she received a robust musical experience in her local high school and went on to receive a Bachelors in Music from Eastern Oregon University in 2016. She is fascinated by the cultural, social, and psychological implications […]

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 third year with the Rural Outreach Project having previously served in Fossil, Oregon. James originally hails from Cincinnati, Ohio by way of Singapore and Vancouver, BC. He is a Beatles fanatic whose […]

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!), […]

Tripp André

Tripp André is a music performer, administrator, and mentor that enjoys working with kids and providing services to others. Tripp came from a musical family and has been a percussionist for 13 years. Tripp earned a BM in Percussion Performance and an MA in Arts Administration, both from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. […]

Sophie Pipia

Sophie joined Ethos’ Rural Outreach Project in December of 2015, serving at Buff Elementary School in Madras. Primarily a pianist and sousaphonist, she tours throughout the Northwest and Alaska with the Fighting Instruments of Karma and as one half of The Pipia Sisters.

Laetitia Lehman-Pearsall

Laetitia is a pianist from Bainbridge Island, WA. After graduating from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance in 2016 she moved to Ometepe, Nicaragua to live out a childhood dream of working as the volunteer assistant office manager for the Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association. Now, recently […]

Sammy Elwell

Sammy is an Oregon-born musician who is an enthusiast of many instruments. Cello is his main instrument but he loves other string instruments and percussion instruments as well. He earned a bachelor of music degree in cello performance from the University of Missouri – St. Louis where he studied with Kurt Baldwin and the Arianna […]

Chantell Lopez

Chantell is enthusiastic to serve as a Rural Music Facilitator AmeriCorps member in Madras! Relocating from Eastern Washington, Chantell received her Bachelor of Arts from Whitman College in Music Theory. She enjoys playing violin in symphony orchestras, musical orchestra pits, and with friends. Besides playing violin, Chantell noodles around on guitar and ukulele. She hopes […]

Karl Schultz

Karl is a composer, pianist, and music educator serving as the Rural Music Facilitator in Lake County, teaching in the towns of Adel, Plush, and Lakeview. He holds a Masters of Music in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory and a Bachelors of Arts in Music from Lewis and Clark College. A devoted pedagogue, Schultz […]

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