Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon


Cherise Ann da Cunha, NCTM

Cherise Ann da Cunha received a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Piano Performance, and a Master of Music degree with a major in Piano Pedagogy from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Miss da Cunha began her piano studies in Bombay, India, following the curriculum of the Trinity College of Music, London, under the instruction of Mrs. Ivy Fernandes. Upon her immigration to the United States she continued her piano instruction with Mr. John Owings, first at Indiana University at South Bend (IUSB) and subsequently at Texas Christian University (TCU). Miss da Cunha completed her Masters degree in Piano Pedagogy under the instruction Mrs. Leanne Kirkham. Her graduate assistantship duties included teaching and assisting in Class Piano for college music majors as well as Functional Piano for college piano majors.

Miss da Cunha has performed frequently at IUSB as well as TCU. In addition she has collaborated with other artists here in the US and Canada, as well as in India and England. She has been a prizewinner in TCU Gary Martin Piano Competition and winner of the IUSB Concerto Competition. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), Miss da Cunha is a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA), and Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA).

Besides her teaching positions in Texas and Indiana, Miss da Cunha served on the piano faculty at North Central College and William Rainey Harper College in Illinois, and was local facilitator for Chicagoland SPELLS, a non-profit piano advocacy organization. Most recently Miss da Cunha served on the piano faculty at Pacific University in Forest Grove for five years. She is an adjudicator for OMTA Syllabus Examinations, and also serves on the OMTA Syllabus Committee at both State and Local levels. In addition to maintaining a full home teaching studio Miss da Cunha has been the Class Piano professor at Portland Community College’s Sylvania Campus since 2002.

Robert Izzett, M.M., Symphonic Band DirectorRobert Izzett
Robert Izzett begins his fourth year as conductor of the PCC Symphonic Band. Mr. Izzett also teaches band full time in Vernonia School District. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon, and his Masters of Music in Conducting from the American Band College of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. Mr. Izzett has also served as featured trombonist and section leader in the 234th Army Band in Portland, Oregon, and now is a member of the 204th Army Band in Vancouver, Washington where he serves as the enlisted rehearsal conductor.
John Mery, M.M., Department Chair, Music and DanceJohn Mery
Music Theory / Guitar Studies

John Mery is a critically acclaimed recording artist who specializes in classical and electric guitar. He has performed and recorded extensively as soloist, ensemble member and sideman. His work has been featured on radio nationally and internationally. In 2006 he founded the Oregon Guitar Quartet and has since released three uniformly praised records with the group. He is also currently a member of the Tango Nuevo quintet Tango Pacifico who released "Revirado" in 2010. John is a D'Angelico Guitars Proudly Endorsed Artist.

John holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona and has also studied and performed abroad. He was born in Santiago, Chile and speaks a number of languages fluently.

John is on the music faculty of Lewis & Clark College and Portland Community College where he is the Chair of Music and Dance. He currently resides with his wife and children in Portland, Oregon.

Jesse McCann, M.M.
Jesse McCannGuitar / Music Appreciation
Jesse McCann is an award-winning classical guitarist based in Portland, Oregon. He made his debut at age 17 on the gulf coast of Mississippi, winning first place in a number of local and regional guitar competitions. He studied with Miroslav Loncar and Natasha Klasinc. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Music, he relocated to Portland in 2002. Soon thereafter, he enrolled at Portland State University where he received a Master of Music under the direction of renowned composer, Bryan Johanson. In addition to being a top prize solo guitarist, he has led two award-winning guitar trios and is currently a member of the Oregon Guitar Quartet. He has also had the privilege of studying with some of the world’s leading guitarists and composers including Dusan Bogdanovic, Denis Azabagic, Jason Vieux, and David Tanenbaum. Jesse is currently on staff for PSU and PCC’s music faculty. He performs and teaches in the region as well.