Audrey is Co-Director and instructor at Cathedral Park Music. She began teaching at CPM during our Summer Musical Theatre Workshop. She is now the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of our sister organization, Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective, a non-profit music & theatre arts organization located in the heart of St. Johns.
Audrey enjoys teaching musical theatre, voice, choir, and early childhood music classes at CPPAC, and also has the pleasure of conducting service choirs with Intergenerational Outreach Choirs in Portland and Beaverton, Oregon.
Music has always been an integral part of Audrey’s life. She began studying piano at age 5 and sang in choirs throughout elementary and high school. Upon moving to Olympia, Washington in high school, Audrey discovered theatre by default. She had developed a passion for dance, but her school, much to her dismay, did not have a dance team, so she decided to audition for the fall musical. She was cast, and her love of theatre was born.
Audrey moved back to Oregon to study music at the University of Portland. There, she studied voice as her primary instrument, piano as her secondary. She had the great pleasure of singing as an alto in the University Singers for the duration of her undergraduate years and studying conducting under the direction of the beloved, late Dr. Roger O. Doyle.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Music from U of P, she went on to serve one year as an AmeriCorps member at Ethos Music Center in Portland. During her time there, she began teaching individual lessons in voice and piano and began conducting choirs on-site and at local schools through Ethos’ Outreach Program. In 2010, Audrey established Ethos’ first-ever musical theatre class.
In 2012, Audrey returned to the University of Portland to study Education. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching, with an endorsement in Music Education, secondary level choral emphasis, from U of P in 2013. While completing her M.A.T., Audrey began an internship at Holy Trinity School in Beaverton, Oregon. Upon completing her degree, she was offered a full-time position at the school. For two years, Audrey taught music & movement, music appreciation, and conducted choirs at the PK-8 school. She was also the Music Director for the school’s weekly Masses, working with student singers and staff musicians to bring lively music to the community and nurture a singing culture at the school.
Singing is elemental to the study of music, and Audrey strives to promote a love of and comfort with using one’s voice to create music. She believes you CAN sing, and seeks to empower each of her students through the art of song and the practice of building community through music.
In addition to teaching, Audrey has enjoyed performing with local area stage production companies, including Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Portland Opera, and Mocks Crest Productions. She currently delights in singing and playing keyboard with Portland bands, The Knotty Pines and Hey, Handsome.