Musical Directors and Board

ANGELA HJERSTEDT – Artistic Director

Angela Hjertstedt was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. In 1999, she holds an undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance and a Master’s degree in Education form Portland State University, having the honor of studying under Dr. Bruce Browne, Debbie Glaze, and Christine Meadows. Angela has held a variety of teaching positions, including at Centennial Middle School, where her ensemble was awarded third place in University of Portland’s Best of the Northwest festival, and she was nominated by her students and received a teacher award from a local radio station. She has also taught in musical programs at Rock Creek Middle School, where she helped grow the program to four choirs with 250 students. She is currently teaching part time at Happy Valley Middle School, where she has grown enrollment by 50% in the past year, and where her two sons will attend. Angela is an accomplished pianist, frequently hired to accompany choirs, soloists, and ensembles around Portland. She is also involved in church music ministry, and is often found at Cannon Beach Conference Center as a pianist and vocalist. Angela has taught private voice lessons for 20 years, and even with a small roster due to her day job, has students at the State Solo Championship nearly every year. Angela sang professionally for six years in “Choro in Scuola” under the direction of Dr. Bruce Browne, mentoring and inspiring high school choirs and their directors.

ANDREA FARLEY – President

Andrea was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii. She has a BS in Pharmacy from Oregon State University and is a licensed pharmacist in Oregon where she has lived for most of the last 20 years. In June of 2009, Andrea and her family moved to the Netherlands for what was to become a very challenging and rewarding 14-month expat experience. Now back in Oregon, she is a full-time mother of two who volunteers in her children’s classrooms as a general helper, math teaching assistant, and art literacy aide.

Music and the arts have always played a large role in her life. Andrea grew up singing in choirs and playing various instruments, eventually settling on the cello. She strongly believes in the value of music enrichment and the sense of community found within choirs.

Andrea’s son sings in the Advanced Gents choir. They were a Music Together family with director Craig Van Ness, who introduced them to Portland Choirs when her son “graduated” from the MT program. Andrea was impressed from the very first rehearsal by Dr. York’s extraordinary ability to turn the unique challenges presented when teaching boys into learning moments. She finds his dedication to teaching and passion for music to be inspiring, and is firmly committed to supporting his vision and the Portland Choirs’ mission.

RIK SHIIKIVice President

Rik is a freelance creative/production artist from Portland, Oregon. Prior to freelancing, Rik was president/creative director at Shiiki&Sichler for over twenty years. He was also an Advertising Representative for The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Washington.

Rik has been active with the American Advertising Federation (AAF) on the local, district, regional and national level for many years. He has served as chair of the Council of Governors and Western Region, as well as President and board member of the local organizations.

In June of 2012, AAF honored him with the prestigious Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award. The award recognizes distinguished individuals for their volunteer service to advertising through volunteer work with the AAF.

Rik sang in ensembles and choir in high school and played the lead role of Marryin’ Sam in Li’l Abner. He then took a hiatus from singing until a few years ago when he joined the Christmas Community Choir of the First Baptist Church in Gresham and then the Tilikum Choir Community until COVID silenced in-person choirs.

His passions include bowling, singing, plants and cooking. Rik enjoys reality tv, listening to follow-up podcasts and has recently gotten addicted to Netfix and its annoying “auto-play-the-next-episode” feature.

MELINDA SNODGRASSSecretary

LAUREN BERGTreasurer

JAMES M WHITE – Board Member (Past Board President)

James is a native Oregonian who holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Oregon State University. He gained a deep appreciation for music from his parents (Mom was an opera singer, Dad a classical music aficionado), and played clarinet and saxophones at McKay High School in Salem, and in All State ensembles. His son has sung in Portland Boychoir’s Intermediate and Advanced choirs, benefiting from the outstanding learning, social, and performance opportunities that the organization offers.

James has held a variety of leadership positions in information technology, e-commerce, digital marketing, and business operations in the technology industry. He is currently an IT director at Intel. He also served on the founding board of directors of Optimum Learning Environments (now Forest Ridge Elementary), a charter school established in partnership with Salem-Keizer School District.

CHRISTINA HUMMARDBoard Member

A licensed K-12 music educator in the state of Oregon for 12 years, teaching general music, band and choir in grades K – 12, and private voice instructor for 25, Christina currently serves as the Band and Choir Director at Estacada Middle School. A professional vocalist, Christina holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and advanced degrees in Conducting and Education, all from Portland State University where she studied voice with Christine Meadows and conducting with Dr. Bruce Browne, and was a member of the prestigious PSU Chamber Choir. Over the past 20+ years Christina has had the privilege of singing with some of the finest singers, musicians, composers, conductors and in ensembles, as a regular member and for special projects. These performances and projects include, but are not limited to Portland Vocal Consort, Cantoras, Choral Conspiracy, Viriditas Vocal Ensemble, Portland Baroque Orchestra Chorus, Oregon Catholic Press, Choral Cross-Ties, David York Ensemble/Concord Choir, Oregon Repertory Singers and more. Christina also served for many years as alto soloist/section leader for Westminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia Chorale of Oregon, Columbia Chorale Chamber Choir, Chancel Choir at First United Methodist Church and occasional services for The Grotto. Recording projects include Choral Conspiracy and Openings for Joan Szymko, Human Family for Concord Community of Choirs, and Alias Jake, a metal album for Jason Foidel. In preparation for occasional recitals and solo work, Christina is currently coached by Richard Bower. Christina has previous nonprofit board experience in elected and appointed positions in the arts sector and in local and regional educator union organizations. In addition to her duties at EMS, Christina is the Alto Section Leader at Milwaukie Lutheran Church, sings with Tilikum Community Choir and Choro in Schola, and is proud to now serve on the Board of Directors for Portland Boychoir, working to continue its mission “to provide music education and professional-quality performance opportunities that develop self-esteem, depth of character, and advanced music skills in boys 6 to 18.”

SCOTT STAUFFERBoard Member

Scott was born and raised in Portland, graduating from Roosevelt High School. He grew up singing at church, acting in local children’s theater productions, and playing several instruments at school – chiefly the clarinet. At Roosevelt, he was drum major of the marching band his senior year. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Pacific Lutheran University and a masters in public policy from Oregon State University. Scott has worked in higher education administration and local government. He has served as city recorder of the suburban Portland city of Milwaukie since 2016. As recorder, he is the clerk of the City Council, the city elections officer, and records manager. Scott is an avid Dodgers baseball fan and lives in Milwaukie with his wife Sara and sons, Henry and Oliver – both are Portland Boy Choir members. The Stauffers have long believed music to be critical parts of everyday life and are very happy to be involved with PBC!

Board of Directors email
board@portlandboychoir.org

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