Meet the Music Department Staff

For general questions about the music program, contact Shelly Williams, Music program coordinator at (360) 992-2662 or sjwilliams@clark.edu

Don Appert

    Don Appert

  • Professor

  • (360) 992 - 2195
  • dappert@clark.edu

  • Dr. Donald Appert, Music Department Chair and Orchestra Director, is an active conductor, composer, and performer. Dr. Appert received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Trombone from the New England Conservatory and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Kansas.

    He's been the conductor of the Clark College since 1990, teaching both levels of theory, ear training, and applied trombone, and is currently the Music Department Head. Dr. Appert has composed a variety of works for solo instruments, orchestra, wind symphony, and choirs with many of his pieces having been premiered by Clark ensembles. In addition to his responsibilities at Clark, Appert is the Music Director/Conductor of the Oregon Sinfonietta and the Jewish Community Orchestra.

Linda Appert

    Linda Appert

  • Instructor

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  • lappert@clark.edu

  • Linda Appert, applied vocal instructor, attended Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and received her Bachelor of Music in in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music. Linda has soloed locally with many orchestras and has performed arias and works for Coloratura Soprano throughout the United States and abroad. Linda’s vocal students have consistently won awards at the District, State, Regional and National levels and many of them have attended some of the most prestigious music schools in the country.

William Athens

    William Athens

  • Instructor

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  • wathens@clark.edu

  • Bill Athens, applied contrabass, moved to Portland in 1997 and studied classical bass with Ken Baldwin at PSU and improvisation with Darrell Grant. In addition to serving as the principal bass in the Clark Orchestra, Bill plays jazz with several local groups including his own quartet, the Jazz Composer's Orchestra, and Trio Subtonic. Bill has recorded several albums and teaches both at Clark and George Fox University.

Elizabeth Byrd

    Elizabeth Byrd

  • Instructor

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  • ebyrd@clark.edu

  • Elizabeth Byrd, applied cello, is an active soloist and chamber music recitalist and concertizes as an improv cellist. She is also tonal vibration therapist, who trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts and The Juilliard School. Ms. Byrd presents Healing Cello Clinics across the country and has released 2 CDs as a part of The Healing Cello CD Series. As a concert cellist and teacher, she has traveled, performed and taught though-out the world. She is the principal cello in the Clark Orchestra and teaches private lessons on campus.

Sophie Christian

    Sophie Christian

  • Instructor

  • (360) 992 - 2700 x7502
  • schristian@clark.edu

  • Dr. Sophie Christian, applied piano, holds Piano Performance degrees from University of Michigan and Indiana University, as well as Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Minnesota under the tutelage of concert pianist Lydia Artymiw. Sophie has performed in Portland Metro area, Twin Cities, Texas, Maine, New York, Indonesia, Canada, and New Zealand. She was also a soloist with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra and the Indiana University Conductors' Orchestra. Sophie served as faculty at St. Joseph’s School of Music, Inver Hills College, and North Hennepin College before currently joining the Music Department at Clark College. An avid teacher, Sophie also teaches at her private studio. Furthermore, she is in demand as a collaborative pianist for recitals and competitions.

Jeremy Dell

    Jeremy Dell

  • Instructor

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  • jdell@clark.edu

  • Jeremy Dell, applied percussion, earned his Masters in Conducting from Portland State University in 2017. He taught band and choir at La Center High School for two years and is now the band and choir director at Madison High School in Portland.

Wendy Edgar

    Wendy Edgar

  • Instructor

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  • wedgar@clark.edu

  • Wendy Edgar, applied viola, started violin lessons at age 6 but later fell in love with the warm rich tone of the viola and never looked back. She has a Bachelor of Music in viola performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music in viola performance from Northwestern University. She has played with various groups in the greater Portland, Oregon area, including the Portland Opera Orchestra and the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Every summer she heads to southern Oregon for three weeks to play in the Britt Festival Orchestra. Her viola was made by Mark Moreland in 2002.

Jacob Funk

    Jacob Funk

  • Instructor

  • (360) 992 - 2245
  • jfunk@clark.edu

  • Dr. Jacob Funk, Director of Choirs, came to Clark from the University of Missouri—Kansas City where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting. During his doctoral study he was a Graduate Assistant to the Choral Department, Associate Conductor of the Conservatory Concert Choir and co-conductor of the University Singers. While at UMKC he also served as Opera Chorus Master and the director of Canticum Novum. Jacob earned his masters degree in choral conducting from the University of British Columbia, and his undergraduate degree in vocal performance from John Brown University. He served on the music faculty of John Brown University and Northwest Arkansas Community College, and served as the Associate Choir Master at Grace Episcopal Church in Siloam Springs, AR where he conducted the Adult Choir and oversaw the Grace Children’s Choir School.

Doug Harris

    Doug Harris

  • Instructor

  • (360) 992 - 2188
  • daharris@clark.edu

  • Dr. Doug Harris joins the faculty Clark College after serving as Director of Bands at Western Kentucky University, Santa Clara University and Southern Utah University. He also enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a high school band director in Florida. Dr. Harris received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Florida, his Master of Arts and Doctor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. Doug is active as a marching band arranger and clinician, working with and writing for bands from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Colorado, Utah and California and has adjudicated concert, jazz and marching bands in Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Utah and California. He is active as an arranger and transcriber and is published in the Grand Mesa Music catalog.

Richard Inouye

    Richard Inouye

  • Instructor

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  • rinouye@clark.edu

  • Richard Inouye, Director of Bands, received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Northern Colorado where he was a member of the nationally acclaimed Jazz Lab Band I under Gene Aitken, and his Master of Music in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado in 2004 where he was a member of the Down Beat Award-winning CU Jazz Ensemble I. Rich was a recognized band director in the Colorado public schools from 1981 to 1987 and also performed at the Breckenridge Music Festival as director of the Festival Jazz Ensemble. From 1987 to 2007, Rich was a member of the United States Air Force Academy Band where he performed as a saxophonist, music director, and leader of the internationally acclaimed Falconaires Jazz Ensemble.

    Richard joined Clark College in 2007 as Director of Bands. Since arriving at Clark, his professional and teaching experiences throughout the nation have afforded him the opportunity to serve as clinician and adjudicator at jazz festivals and music events throughout the state and Oregon.

Susan Inouye

    Susan Inouye

  • Instructor

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  • sinouye@clark.edu

  • Susan Inouye, applied flute and oboe, began her music career on flute later adding oboe to her music endeavors winning numerous concerto contests and awards on both instruments. Sue received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Northern Colorado and worked on her Master’s studies at the University of Denver. She performs regularly with the Clark College Orchestra and Oregon Sinfonietta. A recognized music educator, Mrs. Inouye taught public school instrumental music in Colorado Springs, Colorado and she has been the applied instructor of flute and oboe at Clark College since 2007.

James Manuel

    James Manuel

  • Instructor

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  • jmanuel@clark.edu

  • James Manuele, applied guitar, earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Mansfield University under Pablo Cohen, where he also studied voice and viola as well as receiving the SAI/Schmits award for best performance in 1996. Later, he earned his Masters of Music in Guitar Performance at Portland State University, under composer and guitarist Bryan Johanson. James has created two instructional DVDs, one on Classical Guitarist Jeffrey Ashton’s new guitar method and the other on his own beginning method, “Basic Guitar Method 1 Tid Bits.”

Dan Partridge

    Dan Partridge

  • Instructor

  • unavailable
  • dpartridge@clark.edu

  • Dan Partridge, applied horn, is a Northwest native, who lived and worked in New York City for ten years as a teacher, free-lance performer, and arranger before moving back to the Portland area in 2009. He works as an editor at Oregon Catholic Press, is a member of the Vancouver Symphony and various other ensembles, and teaches at Clark College in Vancouver.

Eva Richey

    Eva Richey

  • Instructor

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  • erichey@clark.edu

  • Eva Richey, applied violin, began her career playing regularly with orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony, Columbus Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and the Kentucky Symphony. She has performed with The Moody Blues, Yes, Harry Connick Jr., and Rod Stewart. In 2000, she toured with the Broadway musical "Titanic" as their concertmaster. In 2001, Eva moved to the northwest where she is currently the concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Clark College Orchestra.

Stephen Shepherd

    Stephen Shepherd

  • Instructor

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  • sshepherd@clark.edu

  • Steve Shepherd, applied violin, teaches orchestra and band at Mount Solo Middle School in Longview, WA. Steve is the Concertmaster of the Southwest Washington Symphony, the Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the Principal Second of the Clark College Orchestra. Steve and his wife Lanette are active Suzuki teachers at the Suzuki Institute of Longview-Kelso, which they started in 2010.

Jeffrey Snyder

Laura Thoreson

    Laura Thoreson

  • Instructor

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  • lthoreson@clark.edu

  • Laura Beckel Thoreson, applied voice, has been praised for her warm, rich tone quality, sensitive musicality, and compelling stage presence as she is equally at home in the opera house, on the concert stage, and in the recital hall.

    A native of Vancouver, Washington and an alumnus of Clark College, Ms. Thoreson was a member of the voice faculty at the University of Portland for three years and joined the Clark faculty in fall 2017. She also maintains a full private voice studio in the Portland area. Ms. Thoreson is a current Performer Diploma candidate at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she received her Master of Music in Voice, studying under Distinguished Professor Timothy Noble. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Voice at Central Washington University, as a student of Diane Thueson Reich.

    Ms. Thoreson is a member of NATS (the National Association of Teachers of Singing) and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for choral programs, festivals, and vocal competitions throughout the Northwest. She is also a member of AGMA (the American Guild of Musical Artists).

Charlie Violett

    Charlie Violett

  • Instructor

  • unavailable
  • cviolett@clark.edu

  • Charles Violett, applied tuba, holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Henderson State University, a Master of Music in Performance from Portland State University and a Masters of Science from the University of Phoenix. He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Oregon and Washington. He has taught in both public school and privately, as well as at the college level.

    His 25 years of performance experience includes 14 years serving in Army bands in the U.S. and abroad. His recent performances include stints with Oregon East Symphony, Columbia Symphony, the Conical Quartet, Collage Brass, and various other groups as a freelance artist. Charles was a founding member of Rose City Brass and has performed with Brass Inc, The Classical Brass, Arkansas Symphony, the Mesquite Symphony, Bravura Wind Ensemble, Garland Winds, The 296th Army Band, The 36th Army Band, and the 234th Army Band.