Past Events

Audition Cuts & More with Rick Lewis — ONLINE! 

Saturday, April 18 from 3:30-5:30 pm

Guest Clinician: Rick Lewis 

Topics: Audition Cuts, What teachers NEED to know when working with MT singers in Portland, Audition book for the professional Musical Theatre Singer, Appropriate audition material for college BFA MT programs

About Rick Lewis: 

RICK LEWIS  is the founder/Artistic Director of Bridgetown Conservatory of Musical Theatre, which provides professional training to middle and high school musical theater performers.  Rick most recently received the Broadway World Award for outstanding musical direction for his work on Fun Home at Portland Center Stage.  He is a seven-time Drammy winner for his work in the Portland area.  He is the creator/writer/arranger of the hit Off-Broadway musicals The Taffetas, its all-male sequel The Cardigans, and Have a Nice Day! – the 70’s Musical Flashback.  Other NYC credits include: casting pianist for Sondheim and Lapine’s original production of Sunday in the Park with George (pre-Broadway workshop); Cy Coleman’s The Life (Assistant Conductor, Vocal Director (pre-Broadway workshop); Assistant Music Director for Off-Broadway’s Charlotte Sweet, Music Director/Conductor for Anything Goes (Equity Library Theatre), Music Director/Arranger for London Days/New York Nights.  Rick has written and/or arranged original music for Disney Family Live Entertainment, MGM/UA Home Video, the Democratic National Convention, American Hawaii Cruises, Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade, American West Steamboat Company, American Hawaii Cruises and American Classic Voyages.  Rick has served as music director/pianist for Brooks Ashmanskis, Susan Egan, Jody Benson, Michael Maguire, Debbie Gravitte and Scott Bakula, among others.  Rick developed the Cinnamon Bear Cruise, a holiday staple aboard the Portland Spirit.  Rick coaches privately in his Portland studio.

Cascade Chapter Student Auditions Classical

Pacific University
February 15-16, 2020
Registration Closes January 31st,  2020

Musical Theater Masterclass

Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Evans Music Building, Lewis and Clark College
Stephanie Samaras, guest clinician

201093_140213852789079_1254478415_o About Stephanie Samaras
STEPHANIE SAMARAS has traveled widely lecturing and presenting masterclasses on teaching pop singers. For three decades she has been a pioneer in promoting flexible and healthy vocal technique covering a spectrum of vocal styles.. In 2006 Stephanie was honored to be one of four teachers in the country to earn the title of MASTER TEACHER by the National Association of Teacher of Singing (NATS). Her lecture and video, “Classical Training Applied to the Pop Voice” has been presented at the First International Congress of Voice Teachers in Strasbourg, France and also at the National NATS Convention in Los Angeles. The video has now be re-released in DVD format, “Classical Training Applied to the Pop Voice, the Quest Continues” giving the opportunity to teachers and aspiring students to study her teaching in action. She has been a presenter at the first NATS Music Theater Workshop in Dallas, the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, as well as many other NATS events both National and local, and college campuses throughout the country. Most recently, the 2015 NATS Winter Workshop in NYC. Stephanie taught privately in New York City and also as a college Associate Professor instructing students at NYU for the Music Conservatory CAP21, the graduate division at the City University of New York (CUNY), Montclair State University, and Kean University.

Her studio is constantly represented on and off Broadway, on National Tours, regional theater, and on recordings. Her students have included Tony Award winners Scott Wise (who acknowledged Stephanie in his acceptance speech) Andy Blankenbuehler (Choreographer of “Hamilton” and “In the Heights”), Nikki James (“Book of Mormon”), and Leigh Zimmerman (receiving an Olivier Award). Well known Broadway performers include Evan Pappas (Star of “My Favorite Year” and “Parade”), Krysta Rodriguez (“Addams Family”, “First Date”), the late Patrick Swayzee and his wife actress Lisa Niemi, and Jennifer Garner.

Stephanie co-wrote all of the Music Theater repertoire requirements for the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program, was a contributor to the book THE VOCAL ATHLETE by Drs. Le Borgne, and Rosenberg, and also has been cited in “With a Song in my Psyche” by Pearl Wormhoudt. Stephanie is a new resident of Charleston, South Carolina, and is looking forward to building up her studio again now that she is settled in.Personal Website:

NATS Cascade Benefit Recital Concert
Featuring Rebecca Sacks, 5th Place NATSAA Winner/2nd Place NSA Musical Theater Winner

October 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM
St. Anne’s Chapel, Marylhurst University

Donations accepted

Rebecca SacksPlease join us at our NATS Benefit Recital Concert featuring semi-finalists and finalists who competed at the National Convention in Chicago this July. Rebecca Sacks, student of Ruth Dobson and 5th place NATSAA winner /2nd Place NSA winner in the Musical Theater category, will be our featured recitalist, accompanied by Michael Barnes, piano. Semi-finalists in the High school and College divisions will round out the program with a variety of Musical Theater and Classical songs. Donations will benefit our NEW Bel Canto Classical Art Song Award for Excellence in Singing, presented once a year at the Classical Auditions to a college-age student who demonstrates vocal expertise, technical skill, and artistic excellence. Donate to this fund before November 15, 2016 and have your gift matched by our generous Donor!
A reception will follow the concert.

A Russian Vocal Repertoire Masterclass and Recital
Dr. Anton Belov, Associate Professor at Linfield College

April 16, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Vivian A. Bull Music Center, Linfield College

Participants – $25
NATS members – $10
NATS member’s students – $5
Other students – $10
All other adults – $15

Anton BelovDr. Anton Belov will give a masterclass working with selected singers on Russian art songs or arias. Application for participation in masterclass here: Russian Master Class Application

The masterclass will be followed by a recital with Dr. Belov and collaborative pianist, Susan McDaniel.  Please join us for Saturday, April 16 from 1-4pm at Linfield College, 900 SE Baker Street, McMinnville, Oregon!

Born in Moscow, Dr. Anton Belov was educated in the United States, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, Master of Music from The Juilliard School and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Boston University. He studied lyric diction with John Moriarty, Nico Castel, Corradina Caporello, Kathryn LaBouff, and Richard Cross. As a successful performer he has earned critical acclaim for his portrayals of characters as diverse as Count di Luna, Don Giovanni, Escamillo, Count Almaviva, and Eugene Onegin. His baritone voice has been praised as “rich and mellifluous” by the New York Times and his performance as full of “great emotional honesty” by Opera News. Equally at home with oratorio and concert repertoire, Mr. Belov presented over one hundred recitals throughout the United States, appearing at such venues as Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Mr. Belov is the first place winner of eight vocal competitions including the George London Competition, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation International Competition, and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. His Libretti of Russian Operas in Word-for-Word Translation and IPA Transcription (Leyerle Publications, 2004) is used throughout the English-speaking world. Mr. Belov has also created and maintains a website for Russian Art Song, found at

Dr. Belov is an associate professor of music at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.
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NATS National Conference

July 8-12, 2016
Marriott Magnificent Mile Chicago

 NW Regional Conference

March 4 – 6, 2016
Marriott Seatac

Friends of Chamber Music Presents
Matthew Polenzani with pianist Julius Drake

January 28, 2015
7:30 pm
Lincoln Performance Hall, PSU

Teachers’ gathering for a light supper at 5:45 pm.
A no-host dining venue will be announced in the fall.

We will support the Friends of Chamber Music Vocal Series in Portland again this year by our attendance of selves and students at the recital of Matthew Polenzani on Wednesday January 28th. Those of you who were able to attend the performance of Gerald Finley singing Winterreise last January know what a spectacular recital that was. Julius Drake will be playing again this year.