Faculty

Learn more about the Music faculty. Links are available to their individual websites and contact information.

Raymund Ocampo

 

Raymund Ocampo is a conductor with experience leading choirs of different age levels and talents. He is equally comfortable directing youth choirs, symphonic choruses, and high-level ensembles.

Raymund will begin his appointment as Music Faculty and Director of Choral Studies at Linn-Benton Community College in Fall 2015. At Linn-Benton, he will conduct 2 vocal ensembles and teach courses in Music Appreciation, Theory and Music Fundamentals.

With the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Raymund Ocampo served as the Bonita L. Bass Memorial Assistant Conductor. He prepared the Master Chorale for performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe, An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein, Faure's Requiem and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.  Ocampo has prepared choruses for symphonic conductors Michael Francis, Evan Rogister, Earl Rivers, Joshua Weilerstein, Jeff Tyzik, Stuart Malina, and Danail Rachav. In 2014 he had the honor of conducting a performance of the Master Chorale's Christmas Carol Competition Winner on The Florida Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert Series.

Raymund Ocampo founded and served as artistic director of 'ascend'. With 'ascend', he programmed, managed operations, and conducted the “ascend: fusion” series. 'ascend' was a paid 8-member vocal ensemble dedicated to performing new works in a unique way. Eight new choral works from Cincinnati composers were commissioned and premiered during his tenure.

As Director of Music at Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, OH, Raymund Ocampo led the adult, youth, and children's choirs. At Mt. Washington he directed the adult choirs and orchestra in performances of Haydn's Nelsonmesse, Rutter's Requiem, Faure's Requiem, Bach's Christ Lag in Todesbanden, and Handel’s Messiah-Part the First. He also led Sacre Voci in performances of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Vasks’ Dona Nobis Pacem.  In 2010, the MWPC Chancel Choir was invited and sang at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY under the direction of Dr. Earl Rivers.

Prior to his work at Mt. Washington, Raymund Ocampo led public school choral programs in Ohio and Indiana. He directed choirs and taught general music at all levels, from elementary through high school. 

In June of 2014, Raymund Ocampo was one of three conductors selected to participate in Chorus America's Conducting Masterclass, directing the Singing Sergeants of the US Air Force under the guidance of Dr. Anton Armstrong and John Alexander. In February of 2014, he participated in Toronto Mendelssohn Choir's Conductor Symposium. During this week-long symposium, he conducted the Elora Festival Singers and Toronto Mendelssohn Chorale in rehearsals and concert under the tutelage of Noel Edison. During the summer of 2012, he was one of eight conductors chosen to participate in Seraphic Fire's Professional Choral Institute-Conducting Program, where he participated in rehearsals and masterclasses with Dr. James Bass and Patrick Dupré Quigley. 

Raymund Ocampo received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of South Florida under the guidance of Dr. James Bass. He received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where he studied with Dr. René Clausen and Dr. Paul Nesheim.

Olem Alves

 

 

Olem Alves

Olem began playing guitar as a young child learning blues and rock from local Eugene musicians. He studied at the University of Oregon where in 2000 he received a bachelor of arts in music and in 2013 he received his masters degree in Jazz studies.

Olem has performed at many venues over the years including main stage at the Oregon country fair in 2011 and performing as an opening act for Maceo Parker (saxophonist for James Brown) at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene.

Olem has recorded several albums over the years including a jazz trio album entitled "standards" released in 2014 and a jazz/fusion album with his band Inner Limits entitled "Inner Limits" in 2014.

Olem sits on the Music faculty at LBCC as the instructor of guitar and Rock History teacher.

 

Jason Caffarella

 

 

Jason Caffarella

Jason holds a B.S. in Voice from the State University of New York at Fredonia and an M.M. in Choral Conduction from the University of Oregon.

He has performed in many contemporary a cappella groups, including the New York Swing Exchange, and is currently the founder/primary arranger for the award-winning a cappella group Rezonate.

His wife, Cate, is the Director of Choral Studies at West Albany High School, and their three children enjoy improvising four-part harmonies in the car.

Patty Gerig  

Patty Gerig

Patty Gerig earned her Bachelor of Music at Oregon State University, studying under the tutelage of Constantina Tsoulainou and Kathryn Olson, with an emphasis on vocal music. She met and married her husband, Dar, after they were in a production of "Carnival" at Albany Civic Theater. They continue to live in Albany near extended family.

Performing has played a big part in Patty's life and she has enjoyed singing as a soloist with many choirs in the area including Corvallis Repertory Singers under the direction of Steven Zielke. Over the past decade, she has been a featured soloist with the Corvallis Repertory Singers, Linn-Benton Community College Concert Choir, the Lebanon First Presbyterian Hand bell Choir and Gospel Concert, Lebanon Community Chorus, First Presbyterian Church Choir in Corvallis, and the Willamette Valley Concert Band.

Equally important to her is helping singers find their true voices. Patty has taught in the Albany and Corvallis area since 2001, first at The Conservatory for Music Education and starting in 2004 at Linn-Benton Community College. She teaches students of all ages and takes great pleasure in helping them achieve their vocal potential and the self-confidence that comes with that endeavor.

 

Craig Hanson  

Craig Hanson 

Craig Hanson teaches organ and piano at both LBCC and Oregon State University. He is also organist at the First United Methodist Church in Corvallis.

Prior to coming to Corvallis he lived many years in Japan and Switzerland. An active performer, Hanson is a member of the "Telemann Trio Berlin" and gives solo and chamber music recitals. He has recorded several CDs and performed on the radio and television throughout Europe and Asia. He is founder the Amore Concert Series in Corvallis. Hanson studied piano and organ at San Diego State University and received an organ diploma from the Conservatory of Music in Basel, Switzerland. In addition to organ and piano, he plays harpsichord, fortepiano and clavichord, speaks nine languages, and is an avid photographer, biker and outdoorsman. He makes his home in Corvallis.

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Minkyung Song

Minkyung teaches individual piano lessons at LBCC, and assists the University of Oregon Piano Pedagogy Program as an associate director.

Minkyung is the first D.M.A. graduate in piano performance and piano pedagogy at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. Her doctoral thesis was titled “Beethoven Bagatelles: Miniature Masterpieces.” As a doctoral student, she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Piano Pedagogy by the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. During her doctoral study, Minkyung presented several public lecture presentations at Linfield College, the University of Oregon, and the Oregon Music Teachers Association (Eugene). Minkyung has studied with internationally renowned pianists Dean Kramer, Claire Wachter, James Tocco, and John S. Ritter, and also participated in master classes with Cary Lewis, Edward Auer, Markus Groh, Natalya Antonova, Peter Gach, Thomas Hecht and Vadym Kholodenko.

Minkyun’s piano trio was invited to perform at the Portland Piano International Summer Festival in 2016, and she performed at the concert for the Oregon Chapter of the American Liszt Society to commemorate the birthday of Franz Liszt as a member of the American Liszt Society in fall 2016. Recently, Minkyung has been accepted as a recipient of a full-tuition waiver to attend the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (2017) in Lombard, IL. Additionally, at the end of this month, Minkyung’s thesis will be published in the journal Research in Music Pedagogy by The Korean Association of Piano Pedagogy