Gina Challed is a music faculty member at LCC and director of choirs and vocal studies. Gina earned both her B.A. and M.M. in Vocal Music from WNMU and NMSU respectively. In addition to her teaching, Mrs. Challed has been fortunate enough to travel around the world singing operatic roles and concerts in England, Italy, Germany and New York City. Most recently, she had the opportunity to perform with a professional choir alongside Andrea Bocelli at the Moda Center in Portland. Additionally, she has been a featured soloist with the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Bach Cantata Choir and the Southwest Washington Symphony. In her time at LCC, she has taken the choirs to perform in San Francisco at Grace Cathedral and New York City at Carnegie Hall. She has enjoyed tremendous opportunity at LCC and is thrilled to be on course for a long term future at the school.
Robert Cochran has held the role of Technical Director of the Rose Center for the Arts since its opening in 2008. He also serves as the instructor of the Stage Craft class for the Drama program. A Kelso native, Robert graduated from L.C.C. then transferred to the University of Washington School of Drama. He has worked as a Scenic and Lighting Designer and served in a multitude of backstage roles including Technical Director at Arts West, Lakeside, Mercer Island High, and Okoboji Summer Theatre at Stevens College.
Band Director/ Department Chair
Rob Davis is a music faculty member at Lower Columbia College, where he chairs the Performing and Visual Arts Department and conducts the LCC Symphonic Band. He has also been the music director of the Southwest Washington Symphony since 2013. Rob studied conducting at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and has led ensembles at the professional, collegiate, amateur, and public school level. A French horn player by specialty, Rob has played on over 100 recording studio projects for TV, motion pictures, and radio, as well as in concert with the Utah Symphony, the Yakima Symphony, and the Orchestra at Temple Square.
Violin Individual Instruction
Tamra Davis earned B.A. and M.M. degrees in violin performance from Brigham Young University. She has performed with the Utah Chamber Orchestra, the Southwest Washington Symphony, and has been a freelance and recording musician for soundtracks, movie scores and live performances. Tamra was a founding member of the Azul String Quartet and is a regular performer at the Columbia River Chamber Music Festival.
Percussion Individual Instruction and Group Guitar
Kurt Harbaugh was raised in Kalama, Washington and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Central Washington. He has spent the past 30 years working in the music industry in retail music sales, teaching private music lessons for percussion, guitar, piano and bass, and performing professionally throughout the area. Kurt is currently an adjunct faculty member at Lower Columbia College, and teaches Percussion, Group Guitar, Music Cultures of the Word, Blues Culture, American Music, and Music Appreciation. He coordinates LCC’s Honor Band, serves as principal percussionist and chairman of the board with the Southwest Washington Symphony, and is co-conductor of the Southwest Washington Youth Symphony.
Viola Individual Instruction
Yuliya Lockyear is a violin and viola instructor at Lower Columbia College and assistant principal viola of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. She manages her own music studio in Longview, WA, where she teaches violin, viola and piano lessons. Yuliya has performed/ taught in Ukraine, Poland, Italy, Germany, Canada and USA since 2009. Before moving to the USA, she worked as a professional string quartet member for Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. She holds a Master's Degree in Music from Southern Louisiana University, LA, and is the 1st prize winner of the 21st Century International Music Competition from Europe.
Jazz Ensemble Director
Ryan Meagher (pronounced Marr) is a jazz guitarist and composer who is perhaps best-known for his compositional acumen. He is also well-known for his flexibility and range. After nearly a decade in the trenches of New York City's thriving jazz scene, Meagher relocated to Portland, Oregon where he quickly became a recognizable force in the creative music community. He has seven albums under his own direction and has been a sideman on many others. He is a co-founder and the Programming Director of the Montavilla Jazz Festival, the Director of Operations of the Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble, Director of PJCE Records, and was interim Director of Jazz Studies at Mt. Hood Community College before taking his vision to the Lower Columbia College Jazz Ensemble.
Piano and Composition Individual Instruction
Matt Pollock is a composer, pianist, and educator who lives in southwest Washington. He earned a B.M in music composition and music history at Western Washington University, and the M.M. in music composition at the Florida State University. As an educator, he has taught band, choir, electronic music, music theory, and aural skills at Florida State University, Iowa Falls Community College, and is currently staff accompanist and instructor of music theory and piano at Lower Columbia College.
Betsy Richard teaches drama and directs three theater productions a year at Lower Columbia College. Betsy completed her acting training certificate at the National Shakespeare Conservatory and holds degrees from CUNY and Eastern Michigan University. Locally Betsy has worked with the Portland Actors Conservatory, Artists Repertory Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Lakewood Theatre, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Prior to LCC, Betsy taught and directed at Central Michigan University, and acted for many years in NYC. Favorite directing projects outside of LCC include Ramona Quimby (OCT), Willy Wonka (Midland Center for the Arts, MI), and Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession, which toured Metro Detroit Schools.