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.
Doug Schneider is one of the finest, most experienced and versatile keyboardists in the Pacific Northwest. As an organist, pianist and harpsichordist he has performed in over 1000 recitals, as well as appearing with many of the Northwest’s leading ensembles, including the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Northwest Boy Choir of Seattle, Cantores in Ecclesia, In Mulieribus, the Portland Symphonic Choir, Cappella Romana, and the Alaska Chamber Singers. He appears regularly as a solo organ recitalist, liturgical organist, piano accompanist, continuo player at the harpsichord and organ, jazz musician, chamber musician and vocal coach.
As an organist, Mr. Schneider mastered the complete works of J. S. Bach early in his career, and has become a specialist in the organ music of Marcel Dupré. He has appeared as a solo recitalist in many of our nation’s principal churches, including the cathedrals of Chicago, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. Schneider is also a fine liturgical organist with over three decades of experience in Roman Catholic music ministry. In his twenties he was an Assistant Organist at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral, and then served for many years as the Principal Organist at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Presently he is the Director of Sacred Music at St. Joseph Church in Salem, Oregon. He appears as organist on over two dozen recordings by leading composers for the liturgy, including Richard Proulx, Howard Helvey, Christopher Walker and Bernadette Farrell.
As an accompanist, Mr. Schneider has collaborated in recitals encompassing all the major instruments and voice. One of his areas of expertise is the vocal and operatic repertoire, and was the principal vocal coach at Portland State University for 10 years. Altogether, Mr. Schneider has coached over 50 operatic productions, including several years with Portland Opera and Chicago Opera Theatre, with repertoire ranging from the Baroque to 20th Century opera. He also crosses over into musical theater, having performed in dozens of musical theater productions, including national touring productions of Hairspray, Wicked, A Chorus Line, The Book of Mormon, and Beautiful.
Doug Schneider is an exceptional improvisor, having won an award from Downbeat magazine for outstanding jazz saxophone improvisation. He has vast experience as a lead alto and tenor saxophonist in big bands as well as in small ensembles, and is a fine improvising jazz pianist as well. Doug grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduated as valedictorian of Woodbury High School. He attended Lawrence University, where he also graduated as valedictorian, earning degrees in history and music.