• Meet Your Faculty

  • The performing arts faculty and staff members at Mt. Hood Community College are recognized for their accomplishments as performers, composers, educators, producers, directors and stage designers. Our collaborative instructors are here to help you perfect your technique, encourage your creative spirit and give you a chance to shine. Please contact your faculty advisers to find out more about our excellent program.

    Music Faculty/Advisers

    Dan Davey
    Dan Davey, Music Faculty/Jazz Band

    Music Faculty/Jazz Band
    Office AC 2129

    Dan Davey is the Director of Jazz Studies and Instructor of Music at Mt. Hood Community College where he oversees the jazz program, directs the primary jazz ensemble and teaches several core music courses and jazz combos. Dan is a Boston native and holds degrees from the Berklee College of Music and Sam Houston State University. He is the Jazz Chair for the Oregon Music Educators Ensemble and founded the Oregon State Jazz Championships. Dan is an active clinician and guest artist around the country and an active performer on piano, trumpet and organ. Aside from music, Dan loves spending time outdoors with his wife and his son! Learn more about him at www.danieldavey.net.

    Danielle Davey
    Danielle Davey

    Music Faculty/Symphonic Band
    Office AC 2132

    Danielle Davey is the Director of Bands and Instructor of Music at Mt. Hood Community College where she directs the Symphonic Band, coaches chamber ensembles, teaches core music courses, oversees the private lessons program, and directs the pit orchestra for MHCC’s annual musical. Prior to her appointment at MHCC, Danielle has held prior positions at all grade levels in Oregon, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. Her bands received numerous Superior ratings and first place awards in concert, marching and jazz.

    Mrs. Davey earned her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Oregon, where she earned the Outstanding Undergraduate Woodwind Performance Award. She concluded her Master’s Degree in Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University in 2010, where she now serves as assessment faculty. She serves as a staff member at the East Winds Band Camp, the Northwest Band Camp, and the Western International Band Clinic, an honor band event for high school and college aged students held annually in Seattle, Washington. She is an active clinician, adjudicator, and honor band conductor in the Northwest and Massachusetts.

    In her spare time Danielle loves to camp, solfege pop songs, and spend time with her husband, son, and two cats.

    Kevin Lambert
    Kevin Lambert, Music Faculty/Symphonic & Chamber Choirs

    Music Faculty/Symphonic & Chamber Choirs

    Kevin Lambert, Choral Director and Music Instructor at Mt. Hood Community College, teaches courses in piano, music fundamentals, and music theory in addition to directing the Symphonic and Chamber Choirs. He recently served as music director and arranger for the MHCC productions of RENT, Footloose, The Drowsy Chaperone, and UrineTown. Kevin earned his Master of Music in Conducting from Portland State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Music, Cum Laude, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

    Kevin taught music at secondary schools in Houston, Texas and Kerala, India before moving to Portland. An avid arranger, Kevin worked in the studios of Indian film composer AR Rahman, producing choral/orchestral arrangements performed in a sold-out concert at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a classically trained pianist, he has also performed for the late Dave Brubeck and Coretta Scott King. From 2010-2017, Kevin served as the music director for Milwaukie Presbyterian Church, and in May 2016, Kevin received the MHCC Distinguished Teacher Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement as an instructor.

    Clay Giberson
    Clay Giberson

    Music Faculty/Electronic Music Production
    Office AC 2128

    Clay Giberson - An innovative voice in the contemporary jazz scene of the Pacific Northwest, keyboardist and composer, Clay has released five recordings on the premier jazz label Origin Records. He has taught music technology and jazz piano for fifteen years and likes to help students investigate the possibilities of electronic and acoustic music.

    Tim Gilson
    Tim Gilson

    Music Faculty/Bass, Jazz Combos, String Ensemble
    Office AC 2128

    Tim Gilson has been a mainstay in the Northwest for many years. He has played with many nationally acclaimed artists including Mose Allison, Ritchie Cole, Bud Shank, Herb Ellis, Julian Priester, John Handy, Ernestine Anderson and many others. He toured Japan in 1993 with the Mel Brown Quintet with special guest artist Chuck Findley on trumpet; then in 1994 he moved to Madison Wisconsin where he served as Principal Bassist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Since returning to Portland in 2002 Tim plays regularly with the Mel Brown Trio, the Mel Brown Septet and occasionally with the Oregon Symphony backing guest artist such as Dee Daniels, Byron Stripling and Herbie Hancock. Tim has also accompanied several guest artists including Wycliff Gordon, Antonio Hart, Matt Wilson, Ingrid Jensen and Wynton Marsalis during their tours of the Pacific Northwest.

    Ryan Meagher
    Ryan Meagher, Music Faculty/Guitar

    Music Faculty/Guitar
    Office AC 2128

    Originally a native of San Jose, California, Ryan Meagher launched his international reputation as a jazz guitarist and composer in New York City in 2003. He has seven albums under his own direction and has performed alongside for a wide range of notable and legendary jazz artists including Randy Brecker, Terell Stafford, John Clayton, Jim Black, David Friesen, Cuong Vu, and many others. He is currently based in Portland, Oregon where he is active in the jazz and creative music scenes as an artist, educator, and organizer. He teaches guitar at the University of Portland and Mt Hood Community College, and runs the jazz programs at Lower Columbia College, and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. In addition to his teaching duties, he is also active as an administrator in important cultural outlets like the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble as their Director of Operations and Director of the PJCE Records label. He is also a co-founder of Montavilla Jazz Festival where he is the Programming Director.

    Ken Selden
    Ken Selden

    Music Faculty/Orchestra
    Office AC 2128

    Ken Selden is the conductor of the Mt. Hood Pops, the large ensemble orchestra at Mt. Hood Community College. In addition, Ken was appointed conductor and music director of the Portland State University Orchestra in 2006. Under his direction, the PSU Orchestra has received three awards in Adventurous Programming from ASCAP and the League of American Orchestras.

    Since arriving in Portland, Selden has appeared as guest conductor of the Oregon Symphony, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Vancouver Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic and the Newport Symphony. Since 2009, he has also served as music director of the Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra. Most recently, his recording of Mahler and Debussy arrangements with the newly established Martingale Ensemble was released on MSR Classics.

    Selden is a graduate of New England Conservatory, Indiana University and Peabody Conservatory. He studied violin with James Buswell and Yuval Yaron, and conducting with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar. He also performed in master classes for Neeme Jarvi, Jorma Panula and Yuri Temirkanov, and attended the National Conducting Institute (Kennedy Center), where he worked with Leonard Slatkin and conducted the National Symphony.

    Selden made his debut with the National Arts Center Orchestra at the invitation of Pinchas Zuckerman, and subsequently appeared with orchestras of Denver, Baltimore, Minnesota and North Carolina, and at music festivals in the United States, Israel, Japan, Romania and Switzerland. Additionally, he has performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra at the David Oistrakh Festival and conducted orchestras in Finland, Italy and Belgium.

    Kyle Smith
    Kyle Smith

    Kyle Smith is a jazz guitarist and educator living in Portland, Oregon. Kyle is a guitar instructor at Mt. Hood Community College, and also runs a busy private studio serving students of all abilities and musical styles.

    Kyle’s teaching methods help students develop the skills and knowledge that will make them successful as a guitarist and musician. He has a strong track record of helping students audition into university level music programs and prepare for a career in music.

    From 2010-2012, Kyle developed a guitar program for music majors at Spokane Falls Community College and taught jazz guitar lessons, ensembles, and classes at Gonzaga University. He regularly presents clinics at jazz festivals, campus, school events, and music education conferences.

    Kyle earned his masters in jazz pedagogy from Eastern Washington University.  While there, he performed regularly with the Bob Curnow Big Band, and appeared on demo recordings for the Sierra Music Publishing Company. Kyle has also performed regularly with the Emerald City Jazz Kings, Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra, and the Jessika Smith Big Band.

    Lessons, articles, and resources are available at www.kylesmithguitar.com.

    Jena Viemeister
    Jena Viemeisterr

    Music Faculty/Voice, Aural Skills
    Office AC 2128

    Classically trained singer and actor, Jena Viemeister has performed a range of mediums from opera & musical theater to movement theater, wielding a 14 ft horse puppet under the instruction of Broadway’s Lion King puppet designer, Michael Curry. Her ability to transcend genre has led to roles such as Little Red Riding Hood in Into The Woods, Lapák the Dog in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen (performed in it’s native Czech language), Lucretia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Angelo in Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, and Emma Jones in Kurt Weil’s Street Scene, to name a few.

    This Holiday Season, Jena will perform with Stumptown Stages in their production of A Christmas Carol, directed by Gary Wayne Cash, in the role of “Mrs. Cratchit”. Since graduating from The Boston Conservatory with her MM in Opera Performance and Portland State University with her BM in Voice, Jena's enjoyed working with companies such as Portland Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Opera Theater Oregon, Opera On Tap, Experience Theatre Project, Our Song Artists, as well as her own creation, Divergent Opera. Through Divergent Opera, Jena collaborated with the Disability Arts and Culture Project to produce several accessible semi-staged recitals and her most recent short film, Eve Song Project, funded by a grant from the Chicago Academy of the Arts.

    Lauren Fraley
    Lauren Fraley

    Music Faculty/Piano
    Office AC 2128

    Lauren Fraley has recently moved back to her home state of Oregon after living in Oklahoma and California, where she completed her research and studies. She holds a doctoral degree in music from the University of Southern California where she studied Keyboard Collaborative Arts with Alan Smith. She has also studied with world-renowned pianist and author Paul Roberts, as well as Lucinda Carver and Diane Baxter. Lauren takes pleasure in working with vocalists and instrumentalists at the piano as well as performing early music on harpsichord. She regularly performs with the Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra and various ensembles around the Portland area. She has taught private piano students of all ages for 20 years, as well as held various music classes for young children. Along with pursuing her love of music, Lauren enjoys being with her husband and two daughters, as they spend time discovering all the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

    Theatre Arts Faculty/Advisors:

    Daryl Harrison-Carson
    Daryl Harrison-Carson, Theatre Technical Director

    Theatre Technical Director
    Room AC2135

    Daryl Harrison-Carson is the Theatre Technical Director and Professor of Theatre at Mt. Hood Community College. She serves as designer for theatre productions and teaches courses in design, stagecraft and history of theatre. Before coming to MHCC, Daryl taught at Central Florida College and Santa Fe Community College.

    Daryl's professional credits include lighting and production work with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Stumptown Stages, Bouand Dance Company, Maine State Musical Theatre, Kennedy Center, Ocala Civic Theatre, as well as lighting design for cruise lines, theme parks and casinos. Her lighting design for Bouand Dance Company's Sideshow was televised on KOPB. She holds an MFA from University of Cincinnati Conservatory and a BS from James Madison University.

    Allison Moon
    Allison Moon, Theatre Facility Manager

    Theatre Facility Manager

    Allison began her theater career at 14-years-old as an apprentice lighting designer. Since then, she’s worked on dozens of shows as a director, performer, stage manager, playwright, technical director, and any other job that needed done. As an administrator, Allison has worked for the Edgemar Center for the Arts, the California Shakespeare Theater, foolsFURY Theater Company, the Berkshire Theater Festival, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Program. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Neuroscience and Theater from Oberlin College.

    Individual Music Lesson Instructors

    In order to sign up for individual music lessons, please contact our Individual Lessons Coordinator, Danielle Davey: danielle.davey@mhcc.edu or 503-491-7157.