Musical Groups 


The OES Music Program PreK-12 instills the joy of music-making in our students. Through our day program and after school classes, we help students reach their highest level of excellence. Students work individually and in groups to gain the skills needed to help them understand the power of music in their own lives and in the world around them. Engagement in the music program fosters goal-setting, dedication, collaboration and creativity. 

Some school instruments are available for student use. Contact Nancy Teskey or 503.416.9500.

Each performance group has a dress code for performances. Please contact the director in charge for more details.


Beginning Band

LS Band is open to students who wish to learn how to play a band instrument. Students may choose from the following list: flute, clarinet, trumpet, or trombone. Students will have the opportunity to audition for certain other instruments (e.g. saxophone, oboe, bassoon, percussion, etc.) during the second semester. Students are encouraged to take private lessons, but lessons are not a requirement of the class. Students will need to rent or purchase an instrument. Students will learn basic instrumental techniques and have the opportunity to perform level-appropriate music. Basic music theory will also be covered. The LS Band class is a great way to introduce the love of music to the entire family, and to give students another form of expression and an opportunity to build teamwork skills.

Instructor Jeff Hornick has been teaching at OES since 2014 and comes to us from, most recently, McMinnville High School. He has taught for the last 18 years at all levels, both concert and jazz bands. In addition to his work at OES Jeff also directs the Al Kader Shrine Concert Band and has guest conducted the Oregon Symphonic Band. He is the president of the Oregon Band Directors Association and is a recent recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence for the state of Oregon. In addition to his band directing Jeff, a trumpet player, maintains an active performance schedule with the Oregon Symphonic Band, with his brass quintet, with various community orchestras in the area, and as a freelance solo artist. He is excited to continue making music with our students at OES.  

Instructor: Jeff Hornick
Prerequisite: None for Beginning
3rd-5th Grade 
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 pm
April 5 - June 14
Location: Chapel Basement Band Room 
Cost: $50 for all Wednesdays in Spring Term, polo shirt $14 (if needed) 

Advanced Band Program

Advanced Band is for students who wish to build skills on their instruments that they have learned in Beginning Band. With permission of the teacher, students may learn to play other kinds of instruments such as oboe, french horn, baritone, and tenor saxophone. The Band Program is a great way to introduce the love of music to the entire family, and to give students another form of expression and an opportunity to build teamwork skills. The ensemble performs two concerts a year (January and May) and at a chapel. 

Instructor: Jeff Hornick
4th-5th Grade 
Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 pm
April 6 - June 15
Location: Chapel Basement Band Room
Cost: $50 for all Thursdays in Spring Term, polo shirt $14 (if needed) 

Middle School Jazz Band

MS Jazz Band is open to OES middle school band and orchestra students who would like to explore America’s music, Jazz, in its many forms. Music to be explored will be determined by the needs and make-up of the group but might include small combos to full big band charts and range in style from swing and blues to more contemporary funk and rock styles and everything in between. The group will meet twice per week outside of the normal school day and is compatible with other outside-of-school activities, including sports.

Instructor: Jeff Hornick
6th-8th Grade
Day/Time: TBD
Dates: April 3 - June 16
Location: Chapel Basement Band Room
Cost: FREE


Students will perform at special events throughout the school year, including chapel services. You will be billed in January for the spring semester (unless you notify us by March 15 that your child is not returning). Fees include all performances, music, and uniforms (except Primary-2nd grade choir–a polo shirt is extra). 

Please Note: All Choir groups are closed for the 2016-17 school year

Primary–2nd Grade Choir: MELODIES 

This choir is a great opportunity for enthusiastic young singers. Students will learn to transfer the music reading skills they are learning in music class to reading choral music appropriate for their age and ability. Students will learn the basics of correct singing in an atmosphere that is fun and relaxed, yet promotes personal discipline. Above all, students will develop a strong sense of working together to make beautiful music. Students will also demonstrate what they have learned in the many performance opportunities through the school year. Choir is a year-long commitment. Families must notify the extension office by March 15 if not continuing the following term. 

Deborah Bridgnell earned her Master’s degree in Education with a Music minor from Southern Oregon University. She has directed children’s choirs in Long Beach and Portland’s First Presbyterian Church, as well as teaching general music classes and choir at OES for years.

Primary-2nd Grade 
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 pm
April 5 - June 14
Location: US Choir Room
Min/max enrollment: 18/45 students
Cost: $50 for all Tuesdays in Spring Term

3rd–5th Grade Girls Choir

Through the study of choral literature, singers will improve their voices while developing a strong sense of teamwork. Students will perform at various chapel services and concerts throughout the school year. In addition to the performances, students will participate in a choir field trip in the spring.  Music reading skills will be learned and applied through singing and performing in a choir setting.  Most of all, girls will have fun singing!  Girls are strongly encouraged to participate for the full school year. Families must notify the Extension office by March 15 if not continuing the following term.

Amy Rheingans teaches music for grades 2-5 at OES. She earned her BA from Rockford University and her MA Northern Illinois University.

3rd-5th Grade
Tuesday, 3:00-4:30 pm
April 4 - June 13
Location: Amy's LS Music Room
Min/max enrollment: 12/36 students
Cost: $50 for Spring term

OES Boys Choir  

Open to all boys who like to sing, and who want learn how to sing better. Emphasis is on learning good singing technique and singing a wide variety of fun music (including sacred, concert, multicultural, pop and musical theater). The boys will sing as part of an evensong service in the St. John the Baptist Church at least twice this year, and will be involved in all Lower School and All School choral concerts (3-4 per year). The boys will be issued school ties and blazers as part of their concert uniform. The rest of the uniform consists of standard LS uniform material.

A special effort will be made to get the boys off campus this year for a special event, either at Trinity Episcopal (downtown) or some other special destination for some singing and perhaps a collaboration with another ensemble. Students should be able to read music and be able to work well in a team setting. OES blazers (provided on loan from the school), white shirts, khaki pants, and neck ties are required attire. Choir is a year-long commitment. Families must notify the Extension office by Dec. 12 if not continuing the following term. 

This class will be taught by Adam Steele and accompanied by Sue JensenAdam Steele earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pacific University and his Master of Music from Portland State University. He joined the OES faculty in 1995. Adam teaches music to Upper and Middle School students and has taught private and small group lessons, as well as teaching Boys Choir the past few years for Lower School students. Adam also performs in many premier choirs in the Northwest. Sue Jensen is principal harpsichordist and organist for the Portland Baroque Orchestra, where she has performed and soloed since 1986 with many of the world's leading specialists in the field of early music. Sue is Director of Music at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church and previously chaired the music department at OES.

2nd-5th Grade 
April 5 - June 14 

Location: Chapel Basement Guild Room
Cost: $50 for all Wednesdays in Spring Term
  (Includes rental of blazer, tie)


Lower School Orchestra 

Designed for students of all levels, this class learns ensemble techniques and continues to build on music literacy skills acquired through the study of private lessons. Students will explore challenging ensemble music and have an opportunity to learn other instruments of the string family: the viola, cello and double bass, if so interested. The ensemble performs several times throughout the year, including the January LS Instrumental Concert, the Spring Instrumental Concert and at the concluding Strings Recital in the first week of June. Private lessons are strongly encouraged.  The class may split into a beginning and intermediate class, depending on participants.

Angelika Furtwangler has a Bachelor of Music degree from Munich Musikhochschule, a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and a Doctorate degree in Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin. She is an avid teacher and performer. Angelika is currently principal violist in Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Vancouver Symphony. She is also member of the viola section of the Portland Opera. She is founding member of the Arcadiapdx String Quartet. When not teaching or performing, you will most likely find her at a nearby swimming pool volunteering as a certified swim official. 

Lower School Orchestra - Intermediate
K-5th Grade 
April 3 - June 12

Location: Chapel Basement Parish Room 3/4
Cost: $50 for all Mondays in Spring Term

Lower School Orchestra - Beginning
K-5th Grade 
April 5 - June 14

Location: Chapel Basement Parish Room 3/4
Cost: $50 for all Wednesdays in Spring Term 

Advanced Orchestra

Advanced Orchestra meets Thursday mornings before school from 7:50-8:40 in the Chapel basement Guild Room and Wednesdays after school from 3:10-4:00. All intermediate and advanced string players grades 5-12 are invited to participate. The class is free of charge. For further questions or to sign-up, please contact Extension or the instructor.

David Eby Director of Advanced Strings at OES, has been joyfully serving hundreds of cellists for the past 25 years, from the very beginner to the advanced soloist. In addition to teaching at Lewis & Clark College and BRAVO Youth Orchestra, he also performs with the Oregon Symphony, The Bodhi Trio and the Portland Cello Project. He also offers techniques from his 20 years of meditation for transforming stage fright into inspired performance.

Grade 5-12 
Dates: Thursdays, April 6 - June 15

Times: 7:50 AM - 8:40 AM
Cost: FREE 

Grade 5-12 
Dates: Wednesdays, April 5 - June 14

Times: 3:10-4:00 PM
Cost: FREE 

Important Information

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Registration for Spring Activities will begin Tuesday March 7th!


For private music lessons, please sign and return the policy statement for private lessons.

For more information on the music program, please contact Nancy Teskey by email or at 503-416-9284.

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