Dr. Richard Sorenson is Emeritus Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Head of the Music Department at Western Oregon University where he taught for over thirty years before retiring in 1999.
He received his early musical training on piano and tuba in Spencer , Iowa . He has a B.A. degree from the University of Northern Iowa, M.Mus.Ed. from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.
He taught instrumental music in the public schools of Iowa for four years before pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Colorado where he was graduate instructor of tuba. He accepted the job of Director of Bands at Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University ) in the fall of 1969.
While teaching at WOU he served as President of the NW division of the College Band Directors Association and Vice President of the Oregon Music Educators Association and was active as a clinician and adjudicator.
He continues to be active in retirement playing tuba with the Salem Concert Band and the Capital Brass Quintet in addition to being Conductor of the Willamette Valley Concert Band since January of 1972.
He has served on the board of the Salem Concert Band as secretary. He also serves on the Monmouth-Independence Community Arts Association, the board of the Lutheran Fine Arts Center in Salem, and the Smith Fine Arts Series at WOU.
Christine Barreto received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from Western Oregon University and is retired as an elementary music teacher in the Lebanon School District.
She serves as principle clarinetist in the Willamette Valley Concert Band, plays saxophone and clarinet in the Albany Swing Band, is saxophonist with the Fairer Sax Quartet, and is Music Director of St. Edwards Catholic Church in Lebanon.
She has been Associate Conductor of the Willamette Valley Concert Band since the fall of 1986.