Mark began studying music at a young age, starting piano lessons at age five. However, his true love came two years later when he begged his parents to buy him a violin after seeing a violinist in concert. At age seven, he began taking violin lessons and enjoying every minute of it. This brought him all the way to completing a Ph.D. in music theory at the University of Oregon in June 2017. His dissertation focused on sonata form in the chamber music of Antonin Dvořák. Along with his primary area of music theory, he completed a secondary concentration in violin performance at Oregon, studying with Fritz Gearhart.
During his studies at the University of Oregon, Mark taught classes in music theory, aural skills and keyboard skills. In 2014, he developed and taught a class which explored sonata form in orchestral music written in the 19th century. Mark also has extensive private studio teaching experience. He maintains a private violin and piano studio in Eugene. He is also Adjunct Instructor of Violin at Northwest Christian University. He is a registered Suzuki violin teacher, with certification in Books 1-3. As a performer, Mark has worked with many ensembles throughout Oregon, including the Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra, Cascadia Concert Opera, Corvallis/OSU Symphony, and the Shedd Institute.
Mark holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Oregon, where he studied with Kathryn Lucktenberg. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from San Jose State University, where he studied privately with Cecily Ward and had extensive chamber music coachings with the members of the Cypress String Quartet.
Taylor Siling is a Roseburg native. She was one of the earliest violin students in DCYO and was the longest continuous participant when she left. During her last year with the orchestra, she was concertmaster. Taylor participated in the choir and band programs at Roseburg High School, and she has performed in eight summer musicals at UCC and with Roseburg’s Chamber Orchestra. After graduating from Roseburg High, she enrolled at UCC and was part of the Umpqua Singers, touring to Ukraine, Hungary and Brazil. Taylor then transferred to Oregon State University.
She graduated with a BA in music with a focus in vocal performance and choral music education. While at OSU, Taylor participated in the OSU Chamber Orchestra, campus band, opera workshop, chamber choir, and musical theater. She conducted the University Chorale and Chamber Orchestra and traveled to Hawaii, China and Canada with the chamber choir. Recently, she received her masters in music education from Oregon State University. Taylor is currently the music teacher at Fir Grove Elementary and Melrose Elementary and teaches private violin and viola lessons.
Cellist Pete Amawawattana is a third year student studying music education at the University of Oregon where he earned a performance scholarship. He currently studies cello with Prof. Steve Pologe. Pete is also enrolled in the double bass studio of Prof. Tyler Abbott and has studied voice with Dr. Camille Ortiz. Previous cello teachers include Dr. Joseph Harchanko.
Before enrolling at the University of Oregon, Pete attended South Salem High school where he performed with various honor ensembles including choral and orchestral all-city groups, all-state groups, workshop chamber ensembles, and multiple award-winning chamber groups and large ensembles. After graduation, he hopes to continue teaching cello and bass as well as perform professionally on both instruments.
Jenna Nelson began playing violin with a Youth Orchestra and Symphony program in Bremerton, Washington when she was eight years old. She moved to Douglas County when she was 15 and quickly became integrated with the Douglas County Youth Orchestra and Roseburg Chamber Orchestra. Besides performing, she also assisted with teaching and coaching duties within DCYO.
Jenna graduated in 2011 from Umpqua Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in music, and won the Douglas County Young Soloist competition that same year. She has received further training from University of Oregon in Suzuki Pedagogy and other training workshops. She has been teaching string instruments for nine years, and performs with the Roseburg Chamber Orchestra and at other venues in the area.
Douglas County native Kathi Halloran comes to DCYO after over twenty years in the Human Resources field. She has been involved with DCYO since her daughter, Taylor joined at a young age. Singlehandedly, she keeps DCYO running in tip-top shape. There is no question to which she does not know the answer!
2022-23 Board of Directors
After an extensive career with a major utility company in San Francisco, Trish and her husband, Gene Keller, retired to Douglas County. Since retirement, Trish has been involved in various non-profit organizations. She volunteered at the Roseburg Visitors Center, was on the Board of Directors for the Douglas County Filipino-American Association, was an instructor for the AARP Safe Driving classes, fostered many basset hounds for the Oregon Basset Hound Rescue Organization, was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Wildlife Safari, and volunteered as a clerical assistant at Mercy Hospital.
Trish received a B.S. degree from the University of San Francisco. She continues her education with the Douglas County Youth Orchestra, learning to play the cello.
Karin is a relatively new resident of Roseburg having moved here in 2015 to be closer to her family. Karin became interested in the Douglas County Youth Orchestra because two of her grandchildren were members of the orchestra. As a way of immersing herself in the community she became a member of the Board of Directors of the Umpqua Symphony Association which is the sponsor of DCYO and is presently serving as its president.
Though he grew up in San Diego, Tim has been a Roseburg resident for the past 30 years. Hehas a BA in Music and an MSW (Master of Social Work) degree from San Diego State University. Primarily a guitarist, he also has a love for choral music, singing in the Symphonic Chorale of the San Diego Symphony and conducting various church choirs. In his career in Social Work, music has always been an integral part of his practice, providing music in a children’s group home, nursing homes, mental health settings, and hospice. He is a Certified Music Practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program and completed a certificate in Contemplative Musicianship from the Chalice of Repose program with Therese Schroeder-Sheker. He has been a guitar teacher over the past 40 years, including a residency at Umpqua Community College. He is a past president of the Roseburg Folklore Society and has performed in a number of groups over the years.
Though interrupted by the COVID crisis, he is currently in the group Wylde River Ensemble with flutist, Cathy Vandendoel and percussionist, Jeanette Kangas.