Recording Inclusivity Initiative Advisory Panel:
Adam Eccleston is an accomplished flutist of international renown dedicated to promoting diversity and equity in classical music. As a soloist, Adam Eccleston has appeared with several orchestras around the United States and Europe, and has performed in venues such as the Kurhaus Wiesbaden in Germany and Jordan Hall in Boston. Adam draws musical inspiration from his Caribbean and Panamanian heritage. He works extensively with MESDA group, a non-profit organization active in underdeveloped countries around Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands. Eccleston serves as the Director of the BRAVO Cesar Chavez Wind Program and is also co-founder of the duo From A to Z with Mexican-born guitarist Zaira Meneses. Adam is All Classical Portland’s 2020 Artist in Residence.
Best known as the multi-instrumentalist in the indie rock band The Decemberists, Chris Funk is a Grammy-nominated artist who has garnered much success as a music producer, composer, and studio musician. He’s lent his musical acumen to such bands as The Shins, Laura Veirs, Blue Giant, and more.
Funk is a founding member and co-writer in the acclaimed neo-gothic string band Black Prairie, who are part of the Sugar Hill Records family. He’s produced records for Red Fang, Langhorne Slim, Kyle Craft, Sallie Ford, Rhett Miller, The Builders and The Butchers, and Y La Bamba.
Raúl Gómez-Rojas is passionate about building community and creating joy through his work as an orchestral conductor, violinist/violist, educator, radio producer and public speaker. As Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland, Oregon, Raúl “creates concert programs that any forward-looking orchestra should envy.” (Willamette Week), and leads a team of 12 conductors serving over 500 students in 14 ensembles.
Raúl serves as the co-host of SoundPost, a podcast by the Orchestra of the Americas, and also serves as the host of bi-weekly MYS Virtual Hangouts, livestreamed on the MYS YouTube channel. In 2020, Raúl joined All Classical Portland as a Contributing Host and Producer for “On Deck with Young Musicians.”
A native of Costa Rica, Raúl has previously served in artistic and musical leadership positions with the Orchestra of the Americas, Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra, Premier Orchestral Institute, Louisiana Sinfonietta and Kids’ Orchestra (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).
Venezuelan violinist Marian Gutiérrez-Curiel is a graduate of “El Sistema,” founded by maestro José Antonio Abreu, an innovative program that uses classical music as a vehicle for social change, where she developed her musical career for more than 20 years. In 2001, she joined the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela performing at famous concerts halls and under batons of world-renowned conductors around the world for 16 consecutive years.
She has participated in several record productions, obtaining 2 Grammy nominations. In 2017, she moved to the United States and she joined the production team and the first violin section at The Miami Symphony Orchestra, and moved to Portland in 2018 to work with the BRAVO Youth Orchestra as a Violin Teaching Artist and Manager of the BRAVO Community Orchestra. In 2019, she became the conductor of the Overture Strings Ensemble at Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Marian continues sharing her knowledge and expertise by bringing an atmosphere of encouragement, affection, mutual support, and joy for music.
Cellist and composer Nancy Ives is Principal Cello of the Oregon Symphony and Instructor of Chamber Music at Lewis & Clark College. She is a member of the intrepid new music group fEARnoMUSIC, plays with the Palatine Piano Trio and the Rose City Trio, and is an in-demand guest performer with groups such as Chamber Music Northwest, Portland Piano International, 45th Parallel, Third Angle, Oregon Bach Festival, Siletz Bay Music Festival and Portland Cello Project. Her compositions have been performed by fEARnoMUSIC, Friends of Rain, Portland Cello Project, and at Siletz Bay Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival and OBF Composers Symposium, as well as broadcast on All Classical Portland and KBBI (Alaska). Her board service has included the Oregon Cello Society, Classical Up Close and the Oregon Symphony, and currently, All Classical Portland.
Born in Brazil, Eri Nogueira began her musical studies at age 9. After graduating with a technical diploma in violin performance in 1999, Eri went to Antwerp, Belgium to pursue her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in violin performance. Shortly after earning her degree, she decided to return to her hometown to teach the violin to underserved children. In Brazil, Eri Nogueira taught violin and served as orchestra director at social programs, while still being active as an accomplished orchestra musician.
After moving to Portland-Oregon in 2012, Eri taught at the Oregon Bravo Youth Orchestras program. In 2018, Eri earned her Master in Education degree from Portland State University. Since 2018, Eri Nogueira has been the orchestra director at Lake Oswego Junior High School and Lake Oswego High School. Her passion for teaching and helping others is always present in her life, and it’s a driving force for her goals and aspirations. Eri is also a versatile musician, as she performs in orchestras and groups in a variety of genres.