Advancement Council

School of Music and Dance Advancement Council

The purpose of SOMD Advancement Council is to represent the mission of the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. As advocates for the school, members of the council are asked to assist in three key responsibilities: advocacy, fundraising and sharing of expertise.

Chair:
Jan Monti, '69, ’71
Seattle, WA

Janice (Jan) M. Monti founded The JANUS Group in 1991 to work with organizations and individuals wanting to improve their effectiveness. Growing from a foundation in career transition counseling, her work spans leadership training and coaching, team development and facilitation, culture change and retreat facilitation. The focus of her work rests on a three-part model of creating a clear and compelling picture of the future, developing a strategy to get there, and internalizing the discipline & practices required to stay the course. Jan was Founding Director of the Executive MBA Program at the University of Washington. Under her leadership, the program achieved a top 20 ranking in Business Week as one of the nation's leading EMBA Programs. Prior to joining the UW, Jan was recruited by one of the Northwest's leading commercial banks to initiate and manage all training activities associated with its highly successful transition to retail banking. She also led a nonprofit training institute and worked as a college counselor and faculty member. Jan holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. She is an active member of the community where she has served on several non-profit boards. She is a long-standing member of the King County Junior Achievement Board. She completed ten years as a Trustee of the University of Oregon Foundation in 2014 and is a past Director of the University of Oregon Alumni Association.  She is the 2008 recipient of the U of O’s Jean Johnson Award given to the outstanding alumni of the year.

Joined 2015


Vice Chair :
Connie Kulick
Eugene, OR

Connie graduated from California State University in Sacramento, California in 1971 with a BSN, PHN in nursing and public health. During her professional career in nursing spanning 39 years, she was a Navy nurse during Vietnam, village nurse in Guam, nurse manager of an Urgent Care and an Emergency Room and a staff nurse at multiple Level I and Level II trauma centers. Upon her husband Tom’s retirement from the US Coast Guard, the couple returned to his family home in Eugene. They have two adult daughters. Connie has been committed to several Eugene non-profits organizations over the last 17 years including WomenSpace and SOMD.  She has sat on both the Looking Glass and Eugene Opera boards.  She is one of the founders of the opera guild, Opera Ambassadors, and was their first President.

Joined 2017


Sherrie Barr
Corvallis, OR

Sherrie Barr earned her MFA in performance and choreography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Certified Practitioner in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies. Hailing from northern New Jersey, she has a rich history of teaching dance at many locales including Potsdam College of New York, University of Oregon, Michigan State University, Happendance School, and Wayne State University. Returning to Oregon to retire in fall of 2015, Sherrie now has a courtesy professor of dance appointment at the University of Oregon.  She is passionate about teaching movement practices, including creative dance and improvisation, modern and contemporary dance practices, somatic practices, and skills for
dance making.

Joined 2020


Bob Burk
Eugene, OR

Bob Burk is a retired business banker with U.S. Bank. Most of his banking years were spent in the Portland and Eugene areas. His experience working with business owners and the financial perspective he gained evaluating business ventures has served him well. Bob is currently serving as chair of the School of Music and Dance's Advancement Council. The talent, vitality and imagination of the students and faculty provide plenty of motivation to fuel Burk's love for the SOMD. Burk is a 1969 graduate of Linfield College, with a degree in Business Administration, though he feels his years as a resident in Eugene have qualified him as an adopted Duck. Burk is married to Robin who was also a long time employee of US Bank. They attend Westminster Presbyterian Church and both sing in the choir.  Robin is also an active member of the Eugene Concert Choir and Chair of the Oregon Bach Festival Board. They have one daughter and two grandchildren in Portland.

Joined 2012


Oliver Cochener, '22
Eugene, OR

Oliver is a UO student majoring in human physiology. He is also a member of the Oregon Marching Band and plays the marimba. Oliver grew up in Kansas but has family in Portland and Seattle. He is a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and the band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.

Joined 2019


Ann Cole
Eugene, OR

In Eugene, Ann has worked in nonprofits for over 20 years as a board member and completed a one year nonprofit management course from Lane Community College in 2011. She often serves when a transition is underway and has worked with Village School and Tamarack Aquatic Center through transitions that required reorganization and role clarifications.

Currently, she serves as a community member on the 4j Equity Advisory Committee to the Superintendent.

Ann is trained as a Dance/ Movement Therapist that brings together the fields of dance and psychology. She is a dancer and licensed professional counselor. Her work integrates the mind and the body through movement and touch. Three years ago, she became a licensed massage therapist.  Massage therapy and her ongoing training in Body Mind Centering have deepened her work with the body.

She has taught dance/ movement therapy to graduate students at Marylhurst College in Lake Oswego and served as a Dance therapy supervisor to graduate students at Antioch University in Keene, NH.  

Joined 2020


Mira Frohnmayer, '60
Chicago, IL

Mira Frohnmayer studied at the Frankfurt Hochschule fur Musik, and in Berlin at Schiller College. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Oregon, studying voice with Exine Bailey and piano with George Hopkins. Ms. Frohnmayer received a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1963. Her vocal studies were with Gladys Miller and Felix Wolfes. She regularly performed solo and ensemble concerts throughout the Northeast. Upon graduation, she was invited to be on the Adjunct Faculty of New England Conservatory, as well as serving as Vocal Instructor at Pine Manor College in the Boston College Consortium. Ms. Frohnmayer has participated in four Opera premieres, in roles specifically written for her.  She has directed and produced Opera and Music Theater works in Boston and the Pacific Northwest. Ms. Frohnmayer also premiered works at the American Society of University Composers, the American Guild of Organists National Conventions, and was a favorite interpreter of the music of many contemporary composers in the Northwest, as well as on the East Coast. Performances were at the Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Britt Festival, Haydn Festival and Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale in Oregon. 

In the Seattle area, she performed with many orchestras and choral ensembles as a soloist. She gave many solo recitals as well. She is an expert on music for voice and organ, having collaborated with several organists in that repertoire. In Europe she was a soloist with the Gaechinger and Frankfurter Kantorei's conducted by famed Bach interpreter, Helmuth Rilling. In Berlin, she studied at Schiller College toward a Masters in Theater. Professor Frohnmayer continued to juggle a professional singing career, as well as teaching, when she moved to Seattle.  In 1980 she became Chair of Vocal Studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington---a position she held until retirement in May of 2005.  In the time she was Chair the voice faculty grew to 14, and the students studying private voice were nearly 200, making the voice area the largest undergraduate vocal program in the Northwest. 

Mira’s family has deep roots at the UO. Her late brother, David, served as dean of the Law School and ultimately as university president. The SOMD building is named for Mira’s mother, MarAbel, who graduated from the school in 1932.

Joined 2012


MJ and Phil Hillstrom,
'68, '74
Eugene, OR

Phil received a BA in Music from Michigan State in 1963, an MMUS in Music Education from the UO in 1968 and a DMA in Music from the UO in 1974. He taught music at Illinois State University before leaving academia and beginning a long career as an insurance agent with State Farm in Seattle. He retired in 2017 and the couple moved to Cascade Manor in Eugene.

Mj’s undergraduate Music Education degree was from the College of Music at the University of Colorado. She earned her Master of Music Education from the University of Montana while teaching in Missoula Montana. While teaching in the Bethel School District in Eugene she also earned an additional teaching certificate from the University of Oregon Music Department. For 5 years in the early 1990's she also produced a children's program in the Oregon Bach Festival, called the "International Earport". After teaching music for 27 years she changed my education focus by earning another certificate in School Counseling from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. She then finished her education career by being a high school counselor for 17 years in the Seattle area.

Mj and Phil met at the Oregon Bach Festival and married on the Oregon Coast. They have four children and nine grandchildren.

Mj and Phil still maintain their season subscription to the Seattle Opera and drive up for the concerts.

Joined 2019


David Hattenhauer, '74, '78
Eugene, OR

David Hattenhauer grew up in Pendleton, Oregon.  In 1970, he left for the University of Oregon School of Music, graduating with a degree in music education in 1974.  (Master degree in Music Education in 1978). David taught band and orchestra in the Springfield school district for 30 years. During those years, he worked mostly at Thurston High School.  At the end of his teaching career, David taught an articulated string orchestra program to students from 5th grade beginners, middle school students intermediate player, and advanced high school students. Outside of the classroom, David plays bassoon in the Eugene Symphony and enjoys traveling. For 25 years, David was a member of the board of directors for the Eugene Springfield Youth Symphonies Association. Over those 25 years, David served as secretary, vice president, and president of the board. During his teaching years, David served as treasurer of the Oregon Music Educators’ Association district board. Always an advocate of student musicians, David enjoys attending concerts at the SOMD, youth symphony concerts, and high
school programs.

Joined 2012


Jon and Mary Hogen
Passadena, CA

Jon and Mary’s son, Palmer, graduated from the UO in June 2019 with degrees in Computer Science, Math and Music. He is their only child. Jon is a financial advisor with LPL Financial in Pasadena. Mary sits on the board of her family’s foundation based in Montgomery, Alabama. The foundation annually awards small scholarships to local high school students attending college. The Hogen’s also serve on the Parent Leadership Council under the direction of the Office of Student Life. Jon was a longtime board member of the Ojai Music festival (termed off).

Joined 2015


Ann Musgrove
Eugene, OR

Ann was born in England and finished her education in Western Australia. After moving to the United States she began her career as a computer programmer in San Francisco. Ann moved to Eugene in 1973 as a faculty wife at the UO. Her career at the UO spanned 18 years before retirement as a Director for Development with the Central Development office.

Upon retirement she and husband Wayne Musgrove, retired president of Musgrove Family Mortuaries, made a gift to create a vocal scholarship at the School of Music. Thanks to friends and colleagues the gift became an endowment.

Ann has two children. Son, Christopher Lamon, graduated from the UO in 1992 with a degree in Political Science and is executive with Kimberly Clark. Daughter resides in Washington state.

Ann is a strong champion for the SOM opera program and attends the performances of her scholarship students whenever possible. She is also most interested in the progress of opera in Eugene having attended the first Eugene Opera performance in 1973 and later serving on the Eugene Opera Board of Directors.

Joined 2019


Natalie Guistina Newlove
Eugene, OR

Natalie Newlove was born and raised in Eugene. She attended summer school at University of Oregon in 1968, and Graduated from Lake Erie College in Ohio. She says she attended Lake Erie to explore and experience other parts of the country. Natalie had a career in banking in San Diego County until birth of her son in 1986. After that she devoted her time to community volunteering.

Natalie became involved with School of Music and Dance after the death of aunt, Euphemea Laraway Culp, who loved music and made a bequest to the school at her death in 2002.

She is a strong supporter of the SOMD, JSMA and the library.

Joined 2012


Doris Sjolund, '70
Medford, OR

Doris received a BA in music education in 1963 with a major in clarinet from the University of Northern Iowa. She earned her MM degree from the UO in 1969, with most classes taken at the UO German Center for Music Education. Doris is a retired music teacher, living in Medford, Oregon.  She taught music in Iowa, Louisiana, and Oregon. Doris taught high school choral, woodwind band programs, college music education for elementary teachers, and elementary music. She served as treasurer for OMEA and children's chorus board representation for Oregon ACDA. Doris has said she is proud to have started the Rogue Valley Children's Chorus in 1983. This auditioned chorus has now expanded to four choruses, 3-12 graders, and is called the Rogue Valley Youth Choruses program. In the community, Doris volunteers with the Southern Oregon Historical Society in the research library and the guild, is a SMART reader, is a member and secretary of the Colony Club. She resides in Medford with her husband, Lynn, who was honored as outstanding grad of SOMD and as distinguished alumnus in 2014.

Joined 2015


Justin Stanley, '23
Eugene, OR

Justin Stanley enjoys a career as a sought-after freelance hornist and an accomplished chamber musician. Justin is a founding member of Some Assembly Required, a chamber ensemble praised for its “innovative” and “new approach to programming and performing at the highest level” (Richard Guerin, Salem Classical, MA). SAR has toured across the country and commissioned several new works, four of which are included on its debut album to be released in late 2020. With SAR and in solo projects, Justin presents music seldom heard by today’s audiences. Aside from his work as a core member of the Newport Symphony, recent engagements include the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, and Orchestra NEXT. Before moving to Oregon in 2018 to begin doctoral studies at the University of Oregon, Justin performed in Massachusetts with ensembles including the Boston Philharmonic, Fiddlehead Theatre, Lexington Symphony, Plymouth Philharmonic, Salisbury Singers, the Lyric Stage Theatre, the Boston Opera Collaborative, the Wenham Street Brass and numerous local colleges. Justin has a wide variety of educational experience, varying from teaching private lessons to analyzing research documentation as a Research Assistant for the Center for Music in Education. He was the education director at A Street Music in Quincy, MA and a faculty member at the All Newton Music School. In Oregon, Justin works with the 4J and Bethel school districts. Outside of performance and teaching, Justin created JMS Artist Management in 2011. As a manager, Justin promoted, booked and advised the Lydian String Quartet, Boston Trio, Zéphyros Winds, violinist Irina Muresanu and numerous other soloists and special musical projects. JMS Artist Management closed in 2019 when Justin decided to focus solely on performance and teaching. Stanley received a Bachelor’s in Music Performance from New York University and a Master’s in Horn Performance with a Music-in-Education concentration from New England Conservatory in 2010.

Joined 2020