Joshua Kingsley (clarinet) is a music performer and educator in Portland. Originally from the Mid-West, Joshua attended the University of Idaho, earning a B.M. in Music Education and taught public school in White Salmon, Washington where he taught beginning concert bands of over 60 students. in 2009, Joshua moved into Portland and completed his M.M. in Music Performance at PSU.
Joshua is the head of music education at Portland Jewish Academy, the artist-in-residence at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and the director of Portland Chamber Music, through which he maintains an active teaching a playing schedule in Portland and the surrounding areas.
Tom Carawan‘s (piano) teaching experience ranges from the independent music studio to public and private schools, community colleges, universities, seminaries, and churches. He has taught music and singing to all ages: from pre-school, elementary, middle school, and teens, to adults and seniors. Many of his students continued as professional musicians as teachers, performers and church musicians.
The primary environment for his teaching is small groups and classes. Tom has lectured and performed at national meetings, universities, and churches in the United States, Canada, England, and Russia.
Academic degrees he holds are: Bachelor of Music, cum laude, major in education (k-12), and Master of Music, piano performance, at Western Kentucky University, Master of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Liturgical Studies, University of Notre Dame, and study in Piano Pedagogy: Process of Group Environments, at the
University of Colorado, Boulder.
Although this is a broad background his focus has always been helping individuals (young or old) become familiar with musical expression and developing skills at performing.
Anya Kalina (soprano), a daughter of two opera singers, started studying music at a very early age in her native Russia. Growing up she made several vocal recordings with Russia’s biggest recording company and … appeared in a number of television, radio programs and life concerts as a vocal and piano performer. Anya earned her diploma in Voice Performance at Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia and after moving to the United States has continued pursuing her career with many successful solo and joint recitals, has taken part in multiple collaborative programs, shows, concerts and festivals in United States, Russia, and Canada.
She now resides in Portland, Oregon.
Amalia Etedgee (flute) is a classically trained flutist originally from Worcester, Massachusetts and is currently residing in Portland, Oregon. In 2009, she received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study and work on a peace through music initiative in the Middle East. This led her to the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel, where she received her M.M. in Flute Performance. During her studies at the Academy she was a member of the Jewish Arab Orchestra, where the music they played was a blend of eastern and western musical traditions. She also partook in the Academy’s classical orchestra. Amalia earned her B.M. cum laude in Flute Performance from The University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she was a recipient of a four year Chancellor’s Scholarship award. While there she was a member of the university orchestra, the wind ensemble, and played in many different chamber music groups. With a background in both classical and Middle Eastern repertoire and years of teaching experience, Amalia has a passion for teaching and believes that while music takes hard work and practice, it should always be enjoyable. Amalia’s past teachers have included Yossi Arnheim, Lars Johannesson, Christopher Krueger and Taiseer Elias.