Wendy Bamonte enjoys a varied career in music, both as conductor and instrumentalist. She holds a Masters Degree in Music Education (conducting) from Portland State University and a Master of Music Degree (flute performance) from Boston University. Originally from Ashland, Oregon, she began conducting choirs there in 1987. Since 1999, she has served as Director of the Sanctuary Choir, and in 2007 she was named Director of Music Ministries at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Under her leadership choir membership has grown from 28 to over 100 singers.
As a flutist, Wendy maintains an active schedule, performing with many orchestras in the Northwest. She holds positions in the Portland Chamber Orchestra and Eugene Symphony. Before settling in Portland she spent a year touring the country with the Broadway National Tour of Les Miserables. Presently, Wendy makes her home in Southwest Portland with her husband Dave, a member of the Oregon Symphony, and their 11-year-old daughter, Emily. Wendy says, “I am very excited to work with the ALC, the board, and the wonderful singers of the PSC. I am looking forward to showcasing newer works and larger choral/orchestral pieces and connecting to the community through PSC’s artistic excellence.”
Dr. Alissa Deeter
Dr. Alissa Deeter is a nationally recognized performer with firm footing in classical, operetta and musical theatre repertoire. An active recitalist, she has a penchant for French mélodie as well as the treasured compositions of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin and Weill. She is the co-author of The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc: A Study Guide and has several articles published in the Journal of Singing. Alissa’s recording entitled Hier: Mélodies of Francis Poulenc can be downloaded from multiple music services and streamed on Spotify. She can also be heard on the Albany Records recording From the Heartland.
Alissa has served in academic institutions for almost two decades, most recently as the Coordinator of Applied Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During her tenure in Charlotte, she was the co-artistic director of Sine Nomine, a vocal ensemble that engaged audiences through its innovative musical experiences to enrich the lives of all populations through music regardless of culture, age, race, beliefs, or sexual identities. Alissa is an advocate of art to affect change and works to promote singing in local communities as a cultural force. She continues to serve and educate through her work with Blueprint Ensemble Arts as its Coordinator of Educational Programming, placing choirs and theatre classes in enrichment programs for area Portland schools.