A Letter from the VC Music School Director – November 2021

Dear Music School Families,

The Music School is off to a wonderful start, providing lessons to students from kindergarten through adult. Currently, we are only providing in-person lessons for violin and piano. All other instrument lessons are provided through online formats. We have many new students who have joined the music school to enrich their musical journey. It is our goal to provide excellence and share OUR love of music with YOU!

GALA Fall 2021: Please enjoy music from some of our 2021/2022 Scholarship Awardees during the pre-show on Nov. 10.

November Recitals are here! Please see the list of recital dates by instructor. Anyone is welcome to join our recitals via Zoom. Please contact us by email if you are interested in being an audience member and a Zoom link will be provided.

Sister Juliana Monti, voice and percussion- Monday, Nov. 8 at 7p.m.

Albert Palmeter, piano- Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Misty Williams, harp- Monday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.

Collin Heade, cello- Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m.

Beckie Hocker, flute- Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

Junko Gilliland, piano- Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

Madeleine Gendron, piano- Thursday, Nov.18 at 7:30 p.m.

Anson Wright, guitar- Thursday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.

Seung Min Oh, piano- Friday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Justin Bulava, clarinet & saxophone- Friday, Nov. 19 at 7p.m.

Chris Swanson, violin- Saturday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Mila Bada, piano- Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.



Collin has been with Valley Catholic Music School for more than 10 years as our Cello Instructor. He has provided a commitment and dedication during those years, instilling a love of cello and music. We are very proud to highlight Collin this month! 

As an Oregonian, Collin Heade has enjoyed teaching cello and performing for many years. He has performed as principal with the Oregon Chamber Players and the Oregon Arts Orchestra, with whom he has performed throughout Europe during three tours. He is also a member of the Oregon Chamber Players Quartet, performing with flute, oboe and viola. As a conductor he is celebrating his 11th season as artistic director and conductor of the Westside Community and Youth Orchestra in Hillsboro; and his 10th season as conductor of the Junior Symphony of Vancouver, WA. Collin has earnestly taken up composing, which he thoroughly enjoys, and has written several pieces with diverse instrumentation. He has been selected as a finalist in three categories for The American Prize, which celebrates American excellence in the performing arts. These fields include orchestral programming, for an orchestral/choral composition titled “An Abandoned Lighthouse,” and an orchestral composition for his three-movement work “Expressions” for string orchestra. During these last several months, in striving to maintain a connection with orchestral members and students, Collin has written an assortment of theoretical “Letters to the Orchestra”. The letters were sent to members during the pandemic, to simplify an assortment of music theory related topics in a fun and easy to understand array of musical examples. For the teacher/conductor there is nothing finer than witnessing the maturing growth within a student and musician through their instrument. Sending them on their path to further focus and goals inspires the teacher within.

If you would like to learn more about VC Music School, visit our website, valleycatholic.org/valley-catholic-music-school. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or  email me at [email protected].