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Vanessa Jump Nelson has been a featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony Pops Orchestra, Columbia Chorale of Oregon, Portland Symphonic Choir, and most recently the I-Sing Community Chorus with which she toured Spain in summer of 2005 and later that year sang the soprano solo for the world premiere performance of Steve Galvan's new composition "The Risk of Birth." A first place winner of the American Mothers Incorporated Oregon State Vocal Competition, she was also featured sacred soloist for the 2001 Mayors Prayer Breakfast of Washington County, and has been featured jazz vocal artist at the Westside Jazz Jam. A former member of the Trinity Chamber Singers and the David York Ensemble, she has held the position of soprano soloist at a variety of churches throughout the Portland area. While Choral Director at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, she created and maintained St. Gabriel's Concert Series, a fundraising endeavor that resulted in the purchase of a Boston grand piano from Sherman Clay. Ms. Nelson attended Mt. Hood Community College, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Portland State University, and is an alumnus of Bel Canto Northwest. Her Master Class experiences have included those of Julianne Baird and Christopher Mattaliano, and she has been mentored by Ruth Dobson, David Jimerson, Gwen Leonard, Richard Poppino, and Hal Malcolm. Ms. Nelson teaches privately in Portland, recently chaired the Portland District OMTA Voice Teachers Forum (2007-9), is a member the OMTA Collaborative Artist Committee, and is adjunct voice faculty at Portland Community College and Mt. Hood Community College. A certificated airman since 1979, she is also a member of the Ninety-Nines international organization of women pilots, the Northwest Antique Airplane Club, and the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance.

Email: vanessa@duelinsopranos.com
Home: www.vanessajumpnelson.com



April Brookins Duvic received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Whitman College and earned her Masters of Science in Teaching from Portland State University. Since joining the Vancouver, Washington staff at Clark College in 1990, she has been a three-time nominee of the Exceptional Faculty Award, the college’s highest recognition for academic excellence, and received the award in 2001.  She teaches Applied Voice, Music Education, and Music Appreciation and is director of the acclaimed Clark College Women’s Choral Ensemble, which she has directed on tour in China, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest. Ms. Duvic serves as an adjudicator and clinician at both solo vocal and choral festivals in Oregon and Washington. She is currently the Two-Year College Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for the NW Division of ACDA.  She has received recognition from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) as the teacher of the 2001 and 2003 National Winners of the MTNA High School Voice Competition.  Ms. Duvic was a member of the Leyden Singers, the Oregon Symphony’s Vocal Pops ensemble, has been featured as a vocal soloist with the Clark College Orchestra and, most recently, a guest soloist with the Clark College Concert Choir.  A frequent recitalist, she recently performed in concert with several instrumentalists, including songs with harp, violin, and trumpet, in a benefit recital for victims of Hurricane Katrina.  Active in musical theatre at Clark College and in the Vancouver area, she has received awards for her musical direction of Evita and West Side Story, and Anything Goes. Her vocal instructors have included Gwen Leonard, Susan McBerry, Winnifred Ringhoffer, and Richard Miller in workshop settings.

Email: april@duelinsopranos.com
Home: www.aprilbrookinsduvic.com


Guest Artists

Paulette Hanchett (pianist) received her music education at Pacific Union College in California in piano performance under the direction of Dr. Aileen James.  In addition, she also studied under Dr. Roger Nyquist, professor of organ performance at the University of Santa Clara.  Her career emphasis is in classical, sacred and gospel music.  For the past 30 years she has performed in concert halls and auditoriums before audiences coast-to-coast in such cities as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta and Portland, Oregon.  Her musical experience includes guest appearances on national television and radio.  As a recording artist and musical consultant, she has advised various musicians on vocal and instrumental arrangements.  Today Mrs. Hanchett teaches from her private piano studio in Northwest Portland and is the staff organist and pianist for St. Gabriel’s Church, a position she has held since 1998.

Email: paulette@duelinsopranos.com

Mary Dibbern (pianist) has resided in France since 1978. She is appreciated as an accompanist and vocal coach for operatic productions, recordings, recitals and competitions.

Mary Dibbern works internationally as a free-lance vocal coach and accompanist. She is a frequent guest at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Centre de Formation Lyrique of the Opéra National de Paris as well as on the main stage of the Opéra National de Paris and at the operas of Nice, Bordeaux, Lyons, TMP-Châtelet, the Opéra-Comique, the Opera of Toulouse, the Festival de Radio France & de Montpellier Languedoc-Rousillon, the Théâtre Municipal de Lausanne (Switzerland), the Círculo Portuense de Opera (Oporto), the Hawai’i Opera Theatre and the Shanghai Opera House (PRC). She was in charge of musical and language preparation for the first French-language productions in China of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and Bizet’s Carmen.

She has worked on the musical preparation of French, Italian and German operas and recordings in close collaboration with the world’s finest conductors. She has accompanied vocal recitals in the USA, Europe and Japan—notably at La Scala, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Opéra-Comique, Radio France and the Opéra Royal de Versailles. Her recital recordings include Mélodies de Jacques Leguerney released by Claves (Switzerland), a CD produced to honor the composer’s 90th birthday celebration in Paris and which won the Grand Prix du Disque; Offenbach au Menu on the Maguelonelabel and Mélodies de Jacques Leguerney, Vols. I and II (LPs) for Harmonia Mundi France. After the success of her world premier recordings of Leguerney’s songs, she was chosen to edit eight volumes of the composer’s previously unpublished mélodies for Editions Max Eschig (Paris).

She is the author of Tales of Hoffmann: Performance Guide and Carmen: Performance Guide for Pendragon Press, she has also written Interpreting the Songs of Jacques Leguerney: A Guide for Study and Performance in collaboration with Carol Kimball and Patrick Choukroun.

(see Ms. Dibbern's website at www.mary-dibbern.com for more information)



Viorel Badiceanu (flute) received his Masters Degree from the Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania, in 1995, specializing in Performing and Teaching.  For eleven years he was Principal Flute for Opera Theatre of Brasov, Romania, and provided flute and chamber music instruction for Art High School of Brasov, Romania.  The winner of 11 musical competitions, he has given over 70 recitals in the United States (Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Beaverton, Oregon City) and the largest cities of Romania (Bucharest, Cluj, Brasov, Timisoara, Iasi, Ploiesti).  He has performed on Romanian Radio and Television (live shows and recordings), and in over 400 chamber music concerts in Romania and Austria.  He has given repeat performances on extended tours in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, and Holland. He was soloist in many symphonic concerts. In Romania, he also organized public and educational concerts and flute competitions.  In 1997 he moved to the United States, where he is Liturgical Flautist for St. James Catholic Church in Vancouver, Washington, and contract flautist for various recitals and chamber performances. Starting with 2000, he is Musical Director assistant for “Descent of The Holy Spirit Church”, assisting the Music Director in conducting, preparing and providing the music for Liturgies and other religious services, and in the choral concerts organized at church and in greater Portland area. He also follows his twenty-five years teaching vocation, teaching flute and piano in his studio in Vancouver.


Rebecca Olson (flute) received her Bachelor of Music and her Master of Music from Central Washington University, where she studied with Hal Ott.  She currently has flute studios in Boring, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, and performs with the Oregon Chamber Players, the Con Grazia Woodwind Quintet, and the Vancouver Camerata trio.  She also plays with the Clark College Orchestra and substitutes with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Brandon Nelson (percussion) is a Junior, Music Education Major and a Percussionist at the University of North Texas. Originally of Portland, Oregon, he intends to eventually return to the Northwest to teach secondary level music. Brandon maintains a summer percussion studio, performs as a percussionist and drummer, and works as a consultant for marching and concert percussion ensembles in the Portland Metropolitan Area. He has marched in the UNT Green Brigade and two summers of Drum and Bugle corps, performed as Principal Percussionist in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony of Portland, and performed as Principal Percussionist in the UNT Concert Band. Brandon has also participated in several of UNT's concert and ethnic percussion ensembles, Brass Band, and The 8 O'clock Steel Band. Brandon's secondary instruments include French horn, piano, and voice, and he has studied privately and performed on the clarinet, euphonium, and bassoon. Brandon is an inaugural member, and holds the office of Chorister, of Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Tau Chapter. He has served as a committee member with North Texas Music Educators, and is affiliated with the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and Collegiate Texas Music Educators.

(Updated 13-Jun-2009)