For your convenience, Cascades Classical is pleased to include Mr. Scott Michaelsen and Ms. Nathalie Fortin on our staff.  They are credentialed concert pianists and experienced accompanists. Please be advised that their services are not included in the registration fee. Contact them directly for information regarding their fees.


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Scott Michaelsen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition and Music Technology from Seattle Pacific University. He has called Bend home for over twenty years and is now a freelance musician, accompanying and performing at various venues including the Tower Theatre, COCC, St. Charles Medical Center and local retirement communities. Primarily, he serves as musical director for companies such as Stage Right Productions and Thoroughly Modern Productions, producing musical hits such as Spamalot, Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, and Shrek. Through Thoroughly Modern Productions, he enjoys teaching children the art of singing, performing and musicianship through musical theater. You will see him leading an orchestra for Disney's The Little Mermaid at the Tower Theatre in August with a mixed children and adult cast. He is proud to have been an accompanist for Cascades Classical since 2011, and witness many up and coming talents grow and aspire as musicians. He always hopes to inspire others to pursue and love music by sharing his experiences and passion throughout his childhood and adult years. Please call or email to set up rehearsal times and for rates specially discounted for this event.

Phone: 541-948-1516


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Nathalie Fortin was born in Montreal, Canada, where she studied piano at the Montreal Conservatory.  She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has collaborated with artists in Canada, Europe, and the United States, where she participated in various festivals and competitions. In the northwest, Nathalie has worked for Lane Community College, Eugene Opera, the Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene Symphony, the Oregon Mozart Players, Chamber Music Amici, the University of Oregon Community Institute, and Cascadia Concert Opera. She is currently a member of the Columbia Piano Trio and works as an accompanist at the University of Oregon School of Music. 




Division Chairs

   Questions concerning repertoire may be directed to the appropriate division chair below. Practice room requests (out of town performers only) may be directed to Peter Brownlee:

 Peter Brownlee  - Piano

Stefanie Janin Brass, Woodwinds & Voice

Stefanie Janin has a private flute studio and teaches music at Bear Creek Elementary in Bend.  She is a graduate of the Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory and the Yale School of Music and has performed in the United States and abroad.  Stefanie plays with the Central Oregon Symphony, the Cascade Winds and is a member of the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra.  Stefanie was a 2011 recipient of the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award.  She is on the Central Oregon Symphony Education Committee, working on the new Symphony Stars outreach program.  In addition to teaching, Stefanie enjoys organizing professional development for local music teachers.  She loves cooking, yoga, tea and the outdoors—look for her at Townshend’s, on her yoga mat, or out on the trail with her dog, Gus.

Sam Taylor - strings

Sam Taylor is receiving the Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from University of Oregon. He also holds performance and teaching diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium, and Zurich Music Conservatory in Winterthur, Switzerland. His earlier teachers include Katalyn Sebestyn, Zaven Melikian and Georgia Fleezanis. He is currently studying violin with Kathryn Lucktenberg, and Suzuki pedagogy with Lillian Wells Manis in Eugene.

Mr. Taylor has extensive performing experience, serving as the Concertmaster of the Glacier Symphony Orchestra in Montana and La Chapelle des Minimes in Belgium. He has also played with orchestras in Newport, Oregon and Steckborn, Switzerland. As a violinist, he has worked with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pinchas Zuckerman, Heinrich Schiff and Heinz Holliger. Recently, he has been a featured artist in chamber music at Camp Festival Amadeus in Whitefish, Montana.

An experienced educator, Sam has taught privately at St. John's International School of Brussels, Belgium, Montana Music Institute in Billings, and Camp Festival Amadeus in Whitefish. Mr. Taylor has conducted both student and professional orchestras in Switzerland, Belgium, and Montana. He was engaged to teach Chamber Music for Strings at the Cascade School of Music Summer Camp in 2014.