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December 19, 2018

Administration

Suzanne Nance

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President & CEO

My career in broadcasting began at WHYY in Philadelphia when a Pennsylvania Dutch couple showed up for a TV interview and the originally planned host of the program did not! The rest, (as they say) is history. I love music. I love sharing music. I love hearing others share music. And I love radio.

I've had the opportunity to work on dozens of radio and TV programs and documentaries. In Maine, at MPBN, I created the Emmy-award winning series MaineArts! and an audio diary series: Music that Moves ME. Recently, I've been busy sharing opera around the world as co-producer and host of Lyric Opera of Chicago's internationally syndicated broadcast series through the WFMT Network, and co-producing and hosting Grant Park Music Festival's broadcasts featuring Oregon Symphony's esteemed Music Director Carlos Kalmar!

When I’m not on the air, I'm usually singing or lecturing about the power of music, the benefits of arts education and the importance of supporting cultural economy.

I'm thrilled to be at All Classical. The beauty of the city and its surroundings, its extraordinary people, the talented artists that create here, and the food scene were calling my name. All of that coupled with the outstanding people that make All Classical so special made Portland an irresistible place to call home.

"Queen of Classical" and the "Anti-diva" are titles that certainly make me smile, however, I most enjoy being identified as a trusted friend by fellow music lovers and listeners. "We love this music," indeed.

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Matt Kovich

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Vice President of Strategy & Operations

Having recently moved to Portland from New York City, I am excited to return to the Pacific Northwest, and am thrilled to join the All Classical Portland team. I was raised in Washington State and California in a musical family, where I began playing piano at age five, and played bassoon, clarinet, tenor saxophone and sung in choir throughout school. I moved to New York City to attend Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and spent the next 23 years in theatre. Before moving to Portland, I served as Chief Operating Officer of Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, producer of over 25 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including Deaf West’s revival of Spring Awakening, Alan Cumming in Macbeth, Kinky Boots (winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical), and Once On This Island (winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.) I feel incredibly fortunate to call Portland my home, with its thriving and vibrant arts community, the best coffee in the world at my fingertips, world-class wineries a short drive away, miles of trails to hike in Forest Park, amazing restaurants throughout the city, and its natural beauty year-round. To return to my classical music roots as VP of Strategy & Operations of All Classical Portland is truly an honor, and I look forward to the years ahead with this inspiring group of music lovers.

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Kristina Becker

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Office Manager

My love of classical music began when I was eight years old in ballet class. I heard Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, and I was hooked! Eventually my participation in the arts moved on to technical theatre and internships at multiple art museums. I attended the University of Montana, majoring in Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Costume Design and Minor in Art History. After graduation, my career took me towards the medical field, where I worked in Administration for about 10 years, both in Montana and Oregon. When I moved to Portland five years ago, All Classical was the first radio station I discovered – and the dial hasn’t moved since. It is an immense honor and pleasure to be the Office Manager of this fine station, and for my love of music and the arts to come full circle. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, reading, and eating the amazing food Portland has to offer!

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Community Engagement

Katherine Lefever

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Director of Donor Engagement

My enthusiasm for All Classical Portland’s mission stems from my background in choral and vocal performance. In 2007 I attained a BA from Reed College in music history, where I wrote my thesis on the songs of Gustav Mahler and Hugo Wolf. After brief stints at Friends of Chamber Music and the Portland International Piano Festival, I joined All Classical Portland in 2008. In spring 2018 I completed an Executive Masters’ in Public Administration from the University of Washington. I am also a recent graduate of the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s Art of Leadership Program and I chair the Portland Symphonic Choir’s Board of Directors. Nowadays I still make music a bit on the side, primarily as a singer in PSC. When not working or practicing, I enjoy food and wine, baking, karaoke, and hearing live music around town. Fall 2018 will mark my 10-year anniversary at All Classical Portland, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have landed here!

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Arianna Avena

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Donor Engagement Coordinator & JOY Program Director

Classical music has been the focus of my work and passion since I was given the opportunity to study cello at a young age through a free arts education program in northern California. Having experienced the transformational power of the arts in my own life, I’ve dedicated my career to providing the same for others.

When not working, I’m wandering through thrift stores, listening to classic hip hop, grabbing a bite at the food carts and spending time with my family.

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Riley Dillard

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Development and Marketing Associate

I am an Oregonian, recent graduate of Portland State University, and an enthusiastic newcomer to All Classical Portland. Though my focus was primarily on visual arts in college, I am very excited to be at All Classical Portland, supporting the vibrant musical community of the Pacific Northwest. I also have a passion for equity and inclusion as well as an aspiration to preserve historic classics across all mediums, for our contemporary world. As a child, I remember listening to classical music in the car with my mother and imagining beautiful scenes to go along with the sounds. In my mind, each piece that I heard was really about cats and mice dancing together. I now have a cat, a hamster, and the opportunity to ensure that everyone can experience the creative magic of classical music.


Dale Tolliver

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Volunteer Coordinator

I’ve loved this station for many years, and am proud and delighted to have been invited to join its staff. Professionally, I wear two hats: One is that of a veteran professional musician. The other is that of a seasoned administrative manager and customer service specialist. OK, I lied – it’s only one hat. Music preparation and performance need simultaneous attention to detail and to the “big picture” of the whole work. Applied with a slightly different brush, such attention works just fine in non-musical applications, too. In either context, my goal – my passion - is to ensure that my fellow travelers know we’re all part of something pretty great. It is an honor to work with our stellar team of dedicated volunteers. When not at the station or performing around town, I’m happiest at home, exploring new adventures in the kitchen.

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Programming

Suzanne Nance

Photo: Suzanne Nance
President & CEO

My career in broadcasting began at WHYY in Philadelphia when a Pennsylvania Dutch couple showed up for a TV interview and the originally planned host of the program did not! The rest, (as they say) is history. I love music. I love sharing music. I love hearing others share music. And I love radio.

I've had the opportunity to work on dozens of radio and TV programs and documentaries. In Maine, at MPBN, I created the Emmy-award winning series MaineArts! and an audio diary series: Music that Moves ME. Recently, I've been busy sharing opera around the world as co-producer and host of Lyric Opera of Chicago's internationally syndicated broadcast series through the WFMT Network, and co-producing and hosting Grant Park Music Festival's broadcasts featuring Oregon Symphony's esteemed Music Director Carlos Kalmar!

When I’m not on the air, I'm usually singing or lecturing about the power of music, the benefits of arts education and the importance of supporting a cultural economy.

I'm thrilled to be at All Classical. The beauty of the city and its surroundings, its extraordinary people, the talented artists that create here, and the food scene were calling my name. All of that coupled with the outstanding people that make All Classical so special made Portland an irresistible place to call home.

"Queen of Classical" and the "Anti-diva" are titles that certainly make me smile, however, I most enjoy being identified as a trusted friend by fellow music lovers and listeners. "We love this music," indeed.

Contact Suzanne Nance


Ed Goldberg

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I was born in the Bronx and grew up in New York City and Long Island. I lived in Washington, D.C. for 18 years before moving to Portland with my wife in 1991. Music has always been a big part of my life. I started collecting records a year before I had a record player. I have published five detective novels, the first of which, Served Cold, won the Shamus Award. I brought my movie review program (On The Aisle) to All Classical Portland, in addition to my Author, Author interview program. I teach occasionally and have taught courses in jazz history and the Marx Brothers’ movies.

Ed's regular shifts are Saturdays 8 am to 10 am, and 2 am to 6 am on Sundays. Ed also hosts Saturday Matinee from 10 am to 2 pm while the Metropolitan Opera is in hiatus.

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John Burk

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Senior Announcer

I listened to radio a lot when I was a kid. I used to announce my parents’ 78s and 45s and I would read news magazines out loud, trying to sound like John Cameron Swayze. Then my Great Aunt Inez moved to Ireland and gave me her classical LPs. When I was a student at Northern Michigan University, the kid who did the evening classical show on the college station graduated, and I got drafted to replace him because everyone had heard that opera stuff coming out of my dorm room. Years later, when my son was grown, I realized I had the freedom to move anywhere in the world I wanted. I came to Portland right away. I feel that All Classical Portland is where I’m supposed to be.    

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Lynnsay Maynard

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From coastal New England to balmy North Africa, public radio has taken me many places! I began my radio career in my beloved home state of Maine when I was 18-years-old. While I earned a B.A. in journalism at the University of Maine, I was a producer and host at Maine Public Radio, a statewide NPR affiliate station. I hosted everything from All Things Considered to local public affairs programs; I helped produce live remote broadcasts, organized development events, and tried to leave a little time for homework. On one fateful weekend morning, I filled in at the very last-minute for a classical host who awoke to a fresh blanket of Maine snow. I was hooked! When I left Maine Public Radio after six years, I was the host of the flagship weekday classical music program.

In 2013, I accepted a new challenge and moved to Tangier, Morocco, to manage communications and public relations for a local university. When I returned to the United States, I settled in Boston and began working at WCRB, WGBH Boston's all classical station. As the afternoon drive host at WCRB, I found new ways to share classical music on the radio and I was thrilled when my program received national attention. Among others, I have freelanced for NPR's All Things Considered, The Seattle Times, and The Jerusalem Review, writing about everything from ancient wine to Moroccan feminism. When my husband and I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2015, I joined KUOW as a freelance on-air host and now I look forward to sharing music and arts segments with you from time to time on All Classical Portland.

In my spare time, I'm usually found with my sweet dog, Bagel, and a good book!


Andrea Murray

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I’ve been producing and hosting public radio programs for 20 years or so. Prior to joining the All Classical Portland staff, I spent 6 years as the arts reporter for WETA in Washington, and was the creator and host of a cultural magazine called “The Program.” I’ve done a lot of freelance work too, for public radio programs including Morning Edition, Studio 360, and All Things Considered. I love radio, music, animals and my mom.

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Brandi Parisi

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In 2007 the Los Angeles classical station where I was a host decided to change formats to something more lucrative: country music! I took the opportunity to move on to the greener landscape of Portland and All Classical Portland.

I started in radio when I was 17. Prior to L.A. I worked at stations in Orlando and Atlanta, and for six years I was a host and producer on Minnesota Public Radio’s national service, Classical 24. I grew up around New Orleans and Jackson, MS, and was a flute performance-turned-communications major at Ohio University, followed later by graduate school in philosophy at Purdue University. My first post- college job was as a music engineer in the early 90s Atlanta hip hop scene.

In addition to working at All Classical Portland, I teach philosophy at Portland Community College, and I’m a certified yoga instructor. I live with my husband Brice in SE Portland with our dogs, Harper and Truman.

Brandi is on the air 2 am to 6 am weekdays, and 3 am to 8 am Saturday at All Classical Portland. She also hosts Played in Oregon Sundays at 1 pm.

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John Pitman

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Music Director

I started working at All Classical Portland in 1983, just a few months after graduation from Benson Polytechnic, and the same year that 89.9 FM began broadcasting. Much has changed since that first summer that Portland gained a new classical music station! In fact, we didn’t call it “All Classical Portland”. 89.9 FM was owned by the school district, and the call letters were KBPS (“BPS” for its location: Benson Polytechnic High School). Moving up from weekends to weekdays, part-time to full-time, and from a music librarian to Music Director (2006), I’ve been witness to tremendous growth in the organization, and seen the facilities move twice: In 1992, from a classroom to a stand-alone building at Benson, and 2014 to our beautiful, current location on the Willamette.

As music director, I work with the programming team and our producers to carefully craft each hour of music almost every day. It’s a job I love doing. When I’m not programming, I’m interviewing musicians from around the world to add to All Classical Portland’s online offering of reviews, spotlights and insights. As of January 2018, I’m back on weekends, hosting throughout the afternoon, and evenings with The Concert Hall, a series that draws from that library of 25,000 CDs of fantastic recordings. It’s my pleasure, and privilege, to share this great music with you.

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Warren Black

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When I visited Portland for the first time I decided that I wanted to live here. It would take about 15 years before I pulled it off. Similarly, I first got involved in radio (a four-hour classical shift twice a week) during my freshman year of college in my hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It really was a blast but almost two decades would pass before I returned to radio, joining the staff of KCUR (the NPR affiliate in Kansas City) as an announcer and producer.

During those two overlapping intervals, I managed to cover a lot of ground: working as a writer, editor, actor and voice over artist in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Seattle. One recurring theme throughout that time, and my life in general, has been music, whether I was participating in it as a singer, writing about it, or appreciating it from the audience.

The world can be a crazy mixed up place, but with luck you arrive where you're supposed to be. And I do feel very lucky to be able to work with radio heroes of mine at All Classical Portland, an outstanding broadcast service in a great city.

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Edmund Stone

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I grew up on an English farm and listened constantly to BBC Radio where I developed an early fascination for entertainment. In my late teens I joined a youth theater and toured in Romeo & Juliet, before moving to Scotland, where my love for radio, film and writing merged together when I became a film correspondent for BBC Radio and Thompson Publications. I needed a larger canvas to work with and moved to Hollywood in 1980, covering the Academy Awards, interviewing Alfred Hitchcock and Mel Blanc, and eventually narrating more than 1,000 educational audio stories. Thirty-five years later I am still doing the work I love. I host programming on All Classical Portland on weekend afternoons and evenings, occasionally emcee events and classical concerts, and sometimes even narrate with orchestras. In 2006 I created The Score, a national (and now international) syndicated film music program, heard on All Classical Portland every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Writing, producing and hosting this program is a wonderful opportunity for me to share, with listeners, my passion for symphonic music in the movies.

The British, they say, are crazy about their gardens. I am, too. This helped when I became a vegetarian in 1997 and could grow some of my own food. My childhood love of animals has always made me aware of their importance on our planet. In 1997 I co-founded In Defense of Animals-Africa which operates a chimpanzee rescue center in Cameroon, West Africa.

Edmund writes and hosts The Score, a nationally syndicated film music program, which you can hear every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

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Christa Wessel

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Since arriving here from North Carolina in 2007, I’ve traveled all around the state and have fallen in love with the high deserts of Eastern Oregon and the magically blue waters of Crater Lake. I also relish a stormy weekend at the Oregon Coast.

I adore the natural beauty of Oregon as much as I cherish the cultural beauty of our region. I could easily find myself in a concert hall every night of the week! I enjoy it all: early music, contemporary music, symphonic music and opera. So as not to exhaust myself I deliberately set aside time to play nerdy board games with friends, or will reserve a lazy afternoon to read a big novel. (I adore Franzen, Eugenides, Chabon and the like.)

I had once hoped to be a professional French horn player – I attended Northwestern University with that aspiration - but I graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Arts Administration. I still tootle my horn occasionally, and also enjoy picking up a ukulele from time to time.

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Underwriting

Eric Behny

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Director of Underwriting

I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and grew up in a small farm town in Illinois. In my home, I remember hearing Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado played so often I may have it memorized! I graduated from California State University at Northridge with a degree in Business Administration/Marketing. After college, I worked as an advertising consultant with the NBC television affiliates in Bend, Oregon, Salinas, California, and for FOX-12 KPTV in Portland. I live in Northeast Portland with my wife, 3 children, dog and cat. I enjoy golf, music, reading, running, tennis, travel and horror movies.

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Willie Anderson

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Account Executive

I was born in Liverpool, England and came to the states in the late 70’s to play soccer for the Portland Timbers. Previous to that I had the good fortune to play in Great Britain for Manchester Utd, Aston Villa and Cardiff city. Every child’s dream in England was to play professional soccer and I had that dream. The trouble with professional sports is you cannot play forever and before you know it, you have to retire, which I did after over 20 years of playing. My first job after soccer, in the real world was selling advertising for a small AM classical music station, KKSN, here in Portland. I loved it from minute one and out of all the radio formats that I have sold, classical music is the one I love. I love spending time with my family and friends, reading, coaching soccer, travelling and helping All Classical Portland grow into a even bigger and better radio station.

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Engineering

Kelly Alford

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Chief Engineer

Bio coming soon...


Jordan Lewis

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Director of Radio Operations

An Oregon native and graduate of Grant High School, I’ve studied computer engineering at OIT and radio broadcasting at MHCC to bring multiple job skills to the Operations Administrator position. In charge of managing the digital audio delivery system, scheduling/reconciling the traffic logs, and serving as a member of The Score production team, I keep busy by wearing many hats. From weekly show production to the in-house IT duties to assisting the VP of Technology in repairs and installing upgrades, the job is a great blend of radio and computers. I’ve worked previously for KEX and KFXX in Portland, followed by a stint as a remote engineer for KATU-TV News. Five years running my own business as a computer repairman helped me acquire the skills necessary to keep the many computers that run a modern radio station working smoothly. I’m an avid disc golfer, traveling the Northwest to compete in amateur competitions and most weekends can be found on one of the area's great disc golf courses. When not throwing plastic through the air, I collect comic books, read sci fi/fantasy and I’m a rabid NFL football fan and fantasy football junkie. Go Redskins!

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Daniel Hornbeck

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Engineering Assistant

I grew up in West Virginia, fully expecting to become the next Eddie Van Halen. I instead became the next best thing: a public school music teacher. After several years teaching, I decided to pursue my lifelong fascination with radio. While earning an electronics degree, I worked in a start-up building unmanned aircraft ("drones") for use in agriculture and film. I completed an internship at All Classical Portland, and returned to the station as Engineering Assistant. I have the good fortune of working alongside some of the best talent in the business.

When not having fun in radio, I enjoy playing electric guitar in various bands, writing music, and hanging out with my lovely wife, two cats, and a cocker spaniel.

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Jonathan Barrios

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Full Stack Web Developer

As a child, I learned to build computers, code simple games and play classical guitar. As a teenager, I discovered the electric guitar but my life changed when I heard John Coltrane on public radio. I was lucky enough to study composition with George Aguire, who studied under Vincent Bredice. I also credit my jazz and classical education to the radio hosts at WDNA 88.9. Music and technology have always been a natural pairing in my life. Along the way, I have created multiple open education music books and am the proud founder of Jazz Guitar School, a free learning management project online. I am currently studying Machine Learning and excited to help All Classical Portland - and its listeners around the world - engage with world-class music.

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Photography by Daniel Stark
https://www.starkphotography.com

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