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2016 LRC Instructor Bios:
Cynthia Nelson – Beginner Bass Instructor & Band Manager
Cynthia Nelson has been a music teacher at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls since 2006. She teaches creative music lessons to children and adults privately and in a variety of group settings, and is a prolific songwriter and multi-instrumentalist: https://cynthianelson.bandcamp.com/. She has toured the U.S. playing music so many times that she has seen 49 of the 50 states. She is also a poet and a mother of two.
Beginner Drums Instructor & Band Manager
Kayla Tabb is a mostly self taught drummer who’s been burning up the pop and rock scene regionally since winning their first drum set in an essay contest at the age of 16. “Apparently what made me stand out was that I was the only one who said they wanted to be a Rock Star.” Having spent half their lifetime now performing and working in a variety of capacities with many bands (The Ovulators, Man Repellant, Tender Hooves, System of Adele, etc.) Kayla brings a lot of experience and excitement to the program.
Advanced Bass Instructor & Band Manager
Emily is a bass, drummer, songwriter, & guitar player. Originally from England she has lived in the States for 4 1/2 years. This will be her fifth time teaching bass, and coaching at Ladies Rock camp. Acquiring a diploma in performance & professional musicianship from the Brighton Institute of Modern Music, she encourages her students to release their inner creativity. She currently plays drums & tours the US in the space themed marching band Love Bomb Go Go, performs in her own solo project, Tashi Delay, and as a bass player for The Chanterelles. She is also an active session musician for singer songwriters in Portland, including Rocker Chixx Choir. Past projects include, local Portland band Fault Lines, and UK signed artists Das Fenster, & No Hope In New Jersey. Emily also works as an instructor, and band coach for the non profit Ethos, as well as a year round volunteer for Rock n Roll Camp For Girls.
Vocals Instructor and Band Manager
Leona grew up with Rock Star dreams, playing a badminton racquet, singing into a paper towel roll and dancing on the table. A Portland native she spent her youth in musicals all over town, at Rock’n’Roll camp for Girls, writing songs on her acoustic guitar and performing in her living room with her best friends, slowly but surely winding her way into acceptance of life as a musician. Now, a multi-instrumentalist, who plays guitar and sings in x-chromosome rock band RILLA, teaches choir at 3 different elementary schools through Ethos, teaches yoga and accompanies classes, and is working towards to goal of playing music with everyone ever. Leona feels so lucky to be immersed in the music world, immensely appreciating those who have come before and those who continue to inspire the rock n’ roll dream of liberation and empowerment. Music is the best, especially in the face of dark times. Let’s save the world, ladies.
Advanced Guitar Instructor & Band Manager
Jenny Logan is an attorney and has played in bands, organized shows, and recorded music since the late ’90s. After completing her M.A. at New York University she was awarded a New York City Teaching Fellowship and taught public high school in the Bronx where she was Lead Teacher of Special Education. She moved to Portland to attend Lewis and Clark Law School, where she graduated cum laude in 2013. Logan clerked for the Hon. Ann Aiken, Chief Judge of the District Court of Oregon, for two years. She also co-founded XRAY.fm, Portland’s nonprofit music and talk radio station, and is in her 4th year as the station’s board president. She is a member of the Oregon State Bar and currently plays bass in the band Summer Cannibals.
Song Writing Workshop Presenter
Sue is Seattle-based songwriter. She has co-written more than 70 songs for Heart, (30 million records sold and 2013 inductees in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.) Hits include “Dog & Butterfly,” “Straight On,” and “Even It Up.” She has co-written songs for feature films including The Golden Child starring Eddie Murphy and Thomas and The Magic Railroad, and her hobby band, The Lovemongers, appeared on the soundtrack of Singles. Sue scored and wrote the songs for “Art Dog,” a stage musical for The Seattle Children’s Theatre (May, 2014) and is currently writing 12 songs for an animated feature film, Vincent The Artist (2017). Sue teaches Music Business, Career Development and the Craft Of Songwriting at Shoreline Community College in Seattle. She also teaches “Songwriting for Film” for the Seattle Film Institute and serves as President of the PNW chapter of The Recording Academy. She is currently developing a jukebox musical with a nationally-known Broadway producer and director, for which she is writing the book. Sue Ennis was the 2015 Honoree at the Leading Ladies In Music Awards hosted by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp For Girls in Portland, OR.
Beginner Keys Instructor & Band Manager
Singer/Songwriter/Musician and instructor Kathryn Grimm is originally from Seattle, spent many years in Los Angeles and recently relocated to Portland where she is happily teaching and performing. Her impressive academic and “real-life” background includes studying Guitar Performance at The Musician’s Institute, earning both Bachelors and Masters Degrees from California State Los Angeles (Jazz Studies and Commercial Music), recording, performing and/or writing with many top artists from Jeff Buckley to Bo Diddley, having her music featured on the Official Grammy Ballot and winning several scholarships and awards along the way. Her proudest accomplishment, however, is being a skilled mentor and teacher, “What I was born to do”. She has freelanced at various colleges, operated a teaching/recording facility in the legendary Laurel Canyon, was recruited to teach voice, guitar, bass and piano at The Seattle Drum School and is now in the process of setting up her private studio (“Grimm Music”) in Portland. Kathryn has produced several full length CD’s, the most recent “God Is Testing Me” with her original electric blues group “Hippie Love Slave”.
Advanced Drums & Band Manager
Lisa Schonberg is a musician, writer, artist and natural historian. She earned her Masters in Environmental Studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Much of her recent work integrates her interests through creative documentation of soundscapes, insects, and habitat. She currently composes for and performs in Secret Drum Band, and presents solo works in percussion and sound experimentation. Lisa is the author of The DIY Guide to Drums, The Hylaeus Project, and Fieldguided, a series of books on insects and their habitats. She is a regular contributor to Tom Tom Magazine and is the magazine’s Northwest Correspondent. Her past bands include Explode into Colors and Kickball, and she has performed or otherwise collaborated with Erase Erata, DUBAIS, Thao With The Get Down Stay Down, Mirah, Tara Jane Oneil, Tuneyards, Neal Morgan, The Need, and Cloud Eye Control. She has performed at MOMA PS1, the Centre Pompidou, High Desert Test Sites & the Time Based Art Festival. Lisa lives in Portland and teaches private drum lessons at Revival Drum Shop.
Guitar Instructor & Band Manager
Keys Instruction and Band Manager
Kim first started her musical journey learning piano from her mother at the ripe old age of three. From there she tried her hand at many different instruments including guitar, bass, vocals, and drums. Being a homegrown Portlander, Kim got her bachelor’s degree in Film at Portland State University and works part time as a freelance videographer around town. However, once the sun goes down, she breaks out her drum kit and rocks out with her friends on stages all around the Portland scene.
Vocal Instructor and Band Managing
Teri brings rock & soul to her music with an acoustic/roosty edge & pop sensibility. She was the recent recipient of a Regional Arts & Culture Council Grant that funded a trip to study with Nashville fiddling legend Buddy Spicher. Teri’s backed up a long & diverse list of California and Portland based artists from funk guitarist Miko (formerly of Prince’s NPG) to local indie favs Silk & Olive, Alan Singley, Appetite for Deception (GnR tribute) & punk-rock/neo country veteran Heidi Hellbender. She’s currently producing her next album, teaching young vocalists, violin & violists and directing The Rocker Chixx Choir
Caley Murray is a local musician and activist with years of experience volunteering and working with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp For Girls as a drum instructor, band manager, and now a program manager for the organization. She played trumpet throughout secondary school and is a self-taught drummer and closet diva that has been playing in various bands and projects since high school. From 2009-2012 she played drums in an all-female indie rock band in Portland called The Crossettes. In 2014 she debuted her vocal stylings as Sprocket in the locally written and produced production of Homomentum The Musical. Her current projects include playing drums in your mom’s favorite Heart cover band, Hearton, and she is also the drummer for the local indie band Breakup Flowers. She has also made a few appearances as “Ukulele Caley” at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp For Girls summer camp where she is credited for writing the new Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp For Girls PDX theme song “Girls Rock” in 2014.
Laura Daegling- Program Manager
Laura Daegling has been actively involved in the Rock Camp community since 2013, volunteering for summer sessions and instructing for Girls Rock Institute. Laura provided sound assistance and gear management for Rock Camp from 2014-2015 and currently develops programming for LRC and Summer Camp. Laura is involved in the local music scene and currently plays in projects Blind Lovejoy, Sun’s Out Bummed Out and previously Lazy Susan. In between playing Minecraft and discussing Twitter, Laura can be found at Spielman’s Bagels where she would live if she could.
We are excited to announce LRC 2016 will be held February 19th, 20th and 21st at First Christian Church in SW Portland.
Sign up for LRC HERE!
Ladies Rock Camp (LRC) is a weekend day camp in Portland, OR that provides an opportunity for women 21 and over to let loose for the weekend and create original music together. Beginning Friday, you’ll start to learn and/or improve upon your instrument of choice*, then you’ll form a band and work together to write an original song that you will play on stage at Mississippi Studios music venue by Sunday. In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend workshops, participate in a karaoke night, and learn about women in musicherstory.
We are excited to have another successful LRC session and can’t wait for the showcase. Even if you cant participate in LRC you should come to the amazing showcase!
The showcase will be at Mississippi Studios (3939 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227) on February 21st, 2016. Doors at 1:30 p.m. and show at 2:00 pm. Tickets are 7$ in advance and 10$ at the door!