• Music Faculty

    Music Masthead Faculty

    Our faculty are nationally recognized artist-teachers who are accessible to students. Most of our faculty enjoy active professional careers in the music and production worlds, bringing the “real world” (and great networking) back to our students.

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  • Brian Rose

    Brian chairs the Music Department and teaches Music/Sound/Moviemaking, Audio Recording, and Electronic Music. He was born in Portland, began piano lessons at age 5, learned brass instruments in public schools, and became principal trombonist in the Portland Youth Philharmonic in 1976. Brian studied music at Clackamas Community College and Portland State University. He began playing professionally at age 17 and remains a busy and successful professional musician today.

    Brian also composes and produces music for video, film, commercials, multimedia projects, voice overs, video games, and music libraries. Brian's clients have included NBC, Weiden & Kennedy (Nike), Will Vinton Productions, Bienvenido (Spanish Cable TV), Dornbecher Children's Hospital, Girl Scouts Columbia Council, and Creative Media Development. Brian is also an accomplished photographer with many professional credits to his name. In addition, he produces CDs for many bands and musical artists.

    Charlie Doggett
     Charile Doggett teaches Jazz Percussion, Drumset, Combos, Percussion Ensemble, and CWE.

    Charlie Doggett, drummer/percussionist, is one of the most enigmatic drummers in the Portland and the greater Northwest music scene. He is a creative and versatile musician that makes himself heard. Mr. Doggett earned a BA in Music from the University of Oregon, where he studied with Charles Dowd and Gary Versace. He has played with David Friesen, Darrell Grant, John Gross, Doc Holliday, David Frishberg, Gary Versace, Greg Coghen, John Stowell, Jerry Hahn, Randy Porter, Titos Sompa, Obo Addy, Rob Sheps, and the Eugene Symphony Orchestra.

    Charlie has performed at British Columbia’s du Maurier International Jazz Festival, the Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, Alberta, Canada, and the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz, which was featured on Branford Marsalis's NPR Jazz Set Program.
    Clay Giberson
     Clay Giberson teaches Electronic Music, Digital Sound, Video & Animation, and Jazz Piano.

    Well traveled geographically and musically, keyboardist/composer Clay Giberson's artistic talent and musicianship are coming to the forefront. A Southwest Washington native, he studied in Coral Gables Fla., University of Miami (B.M. Cum Laude, studio music and jazz) and New York City, New York University (M.M. Magna Cum Laude, music technology) where he studied with Jim McNeely, Fred Hersch and Vince Maggio.

    Clay has released three recordings on the Origin Arts record label. He has performed throughout Europe, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, the South Pacific, the Caribbean and Japan. Clay also served as musical director for shows in Atlantic City and has performed at such well known New York jazz clubs as Birdland and the Knitting Factory. Having been influenced by all types of music, Clay draws from the idioms in his own compositions and in the interpretation of others. Currently he is a member of the bands "Upper Left Trio" and "Go By Train."
    Dean Baskerville
     Dean Baskerville teaches Audio Recording I, II, and III at CCC.

    Dean has been a freelance recording engineer/producer in the Portland area for over 25 years. His first professional job was in 1986 when a local studio owner called him to record bass overdubs on a late saturday night. After telling him he wasn't sure he was qualified, the owner replied, "act like you know what you're doing and I'll pay you 7 bucks an hour". Dean claims he's been acting like he knows what he's doing ever since.

    Over the years, Dean has worked on a wide variety of projects. In 1998 he met up with Jeff Trott to record guitar overdubs on a song for the "Globe Sessions" record. This lead to him working with Jeff on numerous projects, including 2 more records for Sheryl Crow. Dean received a TEC Award for recording Sheryl Crow’s single, "Soak Up the Sun".

    Dean recorded 2 records for Everclear as well as engineered artists produced by Art Alexakis. Other credits include, Tom Grant, Vagabond Opera, Dahlia, Ellen Whyte, Aaron Meyer, Pink Martini, Boka Marimba, Bonnie Knopf, Sometime Sunday, Tracey Bunch, The Devilles, Tragedy Ann, Oracle, and many more.
    David Mills
     Having retired from the full-time faculty ranks, Dave currently teaches Composition and Arranging. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Composition and Performance from Westminster College and a Masters Degree in Music Education from Lewis & Clark College. He has also studied string orchestration with Thomas Svoboda at Portland State University.

    Mr. Mills jazz compositions are published nationally by the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press and Matrix Publishing Company. He has written many commissions for northwest symphonic bands. In addition he has composed and arranged for many artists including: the horn arrangements on Terry Robb’s nationally released CD “Heart Made of Steel”. Dave also plays trumpet and co-leads one of the top jazz orchestras in the northwest (The Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band). This band has performed at the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz, Newport Jazz Festival and with the Oregon Symphony’s “Jazz with Jimmy” concert series.
    Gary Harris
     Gary Harris teaches saxophone and clarinet at CCC. Gary has been an actively working professional musician since the early 1970s and has performed throughout the USA and Canada with Jazz and R&B groups, and with Ghanaian master drummer Obo Addy, with whom he played the Panafest festival in Ghana.

    Gary was a member of the prestigious Leroy Vinnegar Quartet from 1995-1999 and he appears on Leroy’s CD entitled “Integrity”. Besides leading his own groups, he currently appears with famed blues singer Curtis Salgado, with the big bands of Carlton Jackson/DaveMills, Rob Scheps, and Gordon Lee; and also with the Portland Saxophone Quartet, Obo Addy’s Kukrudu, and Soul Vaccination.
    Judy Hedberg

    Judy has been teaching online courses in music since leaving the classroom in the 1990s for the online experience.  She teaches at:  Portland Community College, Clackamas Community College, and Chemeketa Community College currently, and taught at Marylhurst University online for several years.  Judy was the first professional to develop the following Distance Learning music courses:  Music and Its Literature sequence, History of Rock and Roll, Music Appreciation, and Music Fundamentals.

    Along with husband Dennis, they were owners of Organ Grinder Pizza in Portland until 1996 when the organ was dismantled for parts.  Judy performed many "Classic Nights" playing the accordion at the restaurant with Jonas Nordwall at the Wurlitzer pipe organ.

    Ms. Hedberg's musical interests and teaching needs have inspired her to pursue a personal interest in collecting thousands of audio recordings to share with students along with pictures and movies from visits to Europe, China, North America, Africa, India, Machu Picchu in Peru, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, a 12 day Baltic Capital Cruise to 8 countries along with St. Petersburg, Russia June 2013, National Geographic Cruise to Greenland and Northern Canada September 2013, Paris, Venice, and Balkin countries, August/September 2014 and Antarctica in December.

    Many years of teaching experience giving private lessons in accordion and piano to students from the age of five to senior citizens, and professional performances as a classical accordionist provide enjoyment and help Judy temper academia with an internet experience.

    Kathleen Hollingsworth
     A dedicated and passionate musician, Kathleen has been immersed in music since her childhood. Her unique path has allowed her to work and study with musical giants such as Phil Mattson, Fareed Haque, Michele Weir, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Terence Blanchard, Gary Lindsay, Martin Bejerano and Rhiannon.

    As Director of Vocal Music, Kathleen leads the CCC Chamber Choir and the award-winning vocal ensemble, Mainstream. She also teaches History of Rock Music and other courses in the Music Department.

    Kathleen holds a D. M. A. from the University of Miami, a MM in Choral Conducting from San Francisco State University, and a BM in Choral Music Education/Piano. Her intentions are to continue serving humanity and to create community and beauty through music.
    Kevin Deitz
     Kevin Deitz teaches Music Theory, Aural Skills, Music Fundamentals, Music and the Media, and History of Rock and Roll at Clackamas Community College.

    Kevin is an active jazz and classical bassist, composer/arranger, educator, clinician and adjudicator. As a classical bassist, Kevin has performed with the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Festival of American Music, Portland Ballet Orchestra, Portland Opera Orchestra, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Symphonia Concertante, American Strauss Orchestra and with many regional symphonic choirs.

    As a cellist, Kevin has performed with the Portland Summer Festival Orchestra, Collage Trio, the Nu Shooz Orchestra, Skyline String Quartet, with Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson and with talk show host Regis Philbin.

    Jazz bass performances include concerts with Mose Allison, Terrence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, Herb Ellis, Dave Frishberg, Benny Golson, and Diane Shurr. Pop and smooth jazz performances include concerts with the Oregon Symphony, Sheena Easton, Robert Goulet, Tom Grant, Marvin Hamlisch, Jeff Kashiwa, The Moody Blues World Orchestra, Kenny Rankin, Dan Siegal, Toni Tenille, and Mason Williams.

    Kevin is an artist/endorser for Conklin electric basses and Conklin Sidewinder strings.
    Lars Campbell
     Trained in both the classical and jazz repertoires, trombonist Lars Campbell performs with the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theater orchestras; he also plays many of the national touring shows that pass through Portland.

    Lars is the co-founder of the Portland Jazz Orchestra. His discography includes appearances on Pink Martini's “Hang on Little Tomato”, Pepé and the Bottle Blondes' “Pambrosia”, and Portland Jazz Orchestra's “Good Morning, Geek”. He has also composed and arranged numerous works for large jazz ensemble, trombone quartet, and jazz sextet.

    Lars attended the University of Northern Colorado and Portland State University, where he received both undergraduate and masters degrees in Jazz Performance. He directs the CCC Concert Band and the CCC Jazz Ensemble. He also directs the Concert Band Festival, the Instrumental Jazz Festival, and he teaches Midi Lab (Finale), Careers in Music, and other courses in the Music Department.
    Lonnie Cline
     Mr. Cline, having retired from the full-time faculty ranks, taught at CCC for over 30 years. He currently directs the college’s Unistus Vocal Ensemble. He holds a B.A. in Music Education, Vocal Specialist from Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID. He studied for an M.A. in Choral Conducting at the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he was a graduate teaching fellow and director of two University jazz ensembles.

    During Mr. Cline's tenure at CCC, the Vocal Jazz Ensembles and Chamber Choirs received numerous honors at festivals throughout the world. CCC vocal groups have performed in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe. In 2004 the Chamber Choir and Unistus, Alumni Chamber Choirs toured Estonia.
    Lea Anne Denbeste
     LeaAnne DenBeste has been teaching private voice lessons and voice classes at Clackamas Community College since 1989. She also teaches a class in sightsinging and sight reading.

    LeaAnne DenBeste, soprano, sings and teaches private voice lessons. She opened a private voice studio in 1980 where she teaches 45 students a week. She also gives workshops in vocal technique throughout Washington and Oregon and is particularly well-known in the Portland area for her vocal warm-ups for choirs.

    LeaAnne has soloed with the Seattle Choral Company, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Allora, Portland Symphonic Choir, and Concord Choir. She was a member of Choral Cross-Ties for 15 years and Oregon Repertory Singers for 16 years. The last five years with ORS she was the vocal coach for the choir. She was a founding member of Capella Romana and remains in the group today.

    From 1988 to 1997 LeaAnne was a member of the acclaimed vocal quartet Cantabile. In April 1998 LeaAnne was the featured soloist in Portland Baroque Orchestra's final concert of the season. In October of 2001 she appeared (along with Maria Jette as first soprano) as the second soprano soloist in the Mozart C minor Mass with ORS. In the Spring of 2002 with ORS she sang the premiere performance of the dramatic solo The Bell Ringer by Robert Kyr, and in June she premiered a solo, Song of Remembrance, by Ann Milikan at the Bach festival in Eugene, Oregon. She has been the Soprano soloist for the Sinfonia Concertante Orchestra once a year since 1992. Most recently she performed the Mozart Solemn Vespers with them.
    Tom Wakeling
     Having retired from the full-time faculty ranks, Tom Wakeling continues to teach Jazz Bass at the college.

    For over 40 years, Wakeling has put his bass to work in concert halls and jazz clubs throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His bass versatility has supported a wide range of well-known jazz artists including Arturo Sandoval, Mel Torme, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Houston Person, Charlie Rouse, Diane Schuur, Ernie Watts, Carl Fontana, Javon Jackson, and Kevin Mahogany.

    Tom has also worked in "show biz" with entertainers such as Jerry Lewis, Rich Little, Della Reese, Mickey Rooney, the Fifth Dimension, and Red Skelton, and in orchestras for national touring shows such as Cats, Grease, and the Joffrey Ballet. He has been a guest artist at the Stanford University Jazz Workshop (USA), New West (Canada) Jazz Workshop, University of Kansas, Wisconsin Conservatory, Centrum/Port Townsend Jazz Workshop, and the University of Nevada, among others.

    Tom's most recent recording is entitled “Another View” with Francois Theberge and Alan Jones. Additional recent recordings include "Day" and "Night" with the Bridge Quartet, Nancy King's "Perennial", "Climbing" with the Alan Jones Sextet. and "Good Morning Geek" with the Portland Jazz Orchestra.

    Tom has also authored a book on arts facility planning, served on the Artist Roster and as a Grants Panelist for the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and holds a Masters Degree from University of Portland and a Bachelors Degree from Portland State University.
    Yoko Miyama

    Dr. Yoko Miyama is a faculty member at Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches courses in music theory, aural skills, keyboard skills and classical performance forum, in addition to teaching piano students. Prior to moving to the Portland area, she was on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She has trained in extensive areas of the musical arts, including piano performance, music theory, conducting, accompanying, and pedagogy. An advocate of continuous improvement and training, she has developed curriculums and regularly updates her instruction to assure that her students benefit from the most practical and meaningful music training.

    Her pianistic and interpretational approach to a broad range of music literature developed under the inspirational teachings of her former artist-teachers, Dean Kramer, Claire Wachter, Ian Hobson, Paul Barnes, and the late Viennese pianist, Hans Graf. With a versatile skillset, she performs as a soloist and recitalist, collaborates with colleagues in chamber music settings, and has done work for symphony orchestras and choral ensembles. Her current undertaking includes searching for
    modern-day compositions that speak to current audiences while fulfilling the trained musician’s desire for compositional craft in its performance and assisting author-educator Judith E. Hylton with editorial work on her collegiate music theory text.

    She enjoys teaching her hard-working college students, appreciates and supports good jazz, operas, symphonic works and musicals. When she is not grading students’ homework or listening to music, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, who plays viola, and visiting with friends.

    BM (DePauw University)
    MM (University of Illinois)
    DMA (University of Oregon)

  • Part-Time Faculty Listing (private lessons)
    • Jennifer Bleth, Bassoon
    • David Anderson, Bass
    • Kevin Dietz, Bass
    • Tom Wakeling, Bass
    • Jeff Leonard, Bass Guitar
    • Nancy Ives, Cello
    • Lori Presthus, Cello
    • Phil Baldino, Clarinet
    • Dennis Costi, Clarinet
    • Charlie Doggett, Drumset
    • Alan Jones, Drumset
    • Todd Strait, Drumset
    • Leila Murphy, Flute
    • GeorgeAnn Reis, Flute
    • William Stalnaker, French Horn
    • Michael Davis, Guitar
    • Ed Snyder, Guitar
    • John Stowell, Guitar
    • Christopher Woitach, Guitar
    • Pablo Izquierdo, Oboe
    • Dagny Regan, Oboe
    • Roger Allen, Percussion
    • Jeffrey Payne, Percussion
    • Gordon Rencher, Percussion
    • Clay Giberson, Piano
    • Mary Kogen, Piano
    • Yoko Miyama, Piano
    • Randy Porter, Piano
    • Gary Harris, Saxophone
    • Jeff Homan, Saxophone
    • Gary Nelson, Trombone
    • Jack Quinby, Trombone
    • Marc Wolters, Trombone
    • Sally Kuhns, Trumpet
    • Paul Mazzio, Trumpet
    • Bob Rutherford, Trumpet
    • Dick Titterington, Trumpet
    • Clarisse Atcherson, Violin
    • Robin Baldino, Violin
    • Carol Sindell, Violin
    • LeaAnne DenBeste, Voice
    • Rebecca Kilgore, Voice
    • Scott Tuomi, Voice
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