Sharon Northe, Conductor
Sharon Northe was born in San Antonio, Texas, raised in Wenatchee, Washington, and graduated magna cum laude from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, with a bachelor of science in music and a masters degree of arts in music education. She retired in 1997 from the Parkrose School District after 30 years as a band director. As a flutist, she has performed in Spain, Germany, and Austria with the American Flute Orchestra and in Denver; Columbus; Washington, DC; and Atlanta with the Colorado Flute Orchestra. Sharon also performs on flute, alto flute, and bass flute in the LGBT and the Oregon Symphonic Band. Sharon has been conducting the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra since 2002.
Dr. Mark Perlman, Associate Conductor
Dr. Mark Perlman has been the Associate Conductor of the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra since 2003. Dr. Perlman’s educational background, technical expertise, and performance experience in both classical music and jazz have enabled him to bring a broad range of qualifications to conducting. His passion combined with his commitment to sharing music with his community are qualities you can see not only when he works with the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, but also with the Willamette Falls Symphony where Dr. Perlman is the Music Director and Conductor.
Valery Saul, Assistant Conductor
Valery Saul made her conducting debut in 2007 when she received a Kennedy Center Award for her musical direction and composition of a new score, “Vinegar Tom” for Portland State University. Since then, she has been the music director and conductor for many musicals in the Portland area. In 2016, she garnered a Drammy nomination for “Best Pit Ensemble” for the musical Chicago. She has worked with Stumptown Stages, Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy, Triangle Theater, Wilson High School, and Mountain View High School. This upcoming season, she has projects with Artist Repertory Theater, Lakewood Theatre, and the Oregon Children’s Theater. Valery is currently on the music faculty at University of Portland and has been a member of the Portland Opera chorus for the last eight years. She is a graduate of both the University of British Columbia and Portland State University School of Music programs. She proudly runs her own voice studio in south east Portland where she coaches and mentors singers of all ages. She is thrilled to be joining Hillsboro Symphony on this concert as assistant conductor.
Jeffrey Olenick, Composer
Dr. Jeffrey Olenick, lead clarinetist with HSO, is a physician, performer and composer/arranger from Beaverton, Oregon. Born in Chicago, he grew up in Wisconsin, attending college and medical school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He played clarinet and bassoon and studied music theory in high school. He has been performing and writing music ever since. He and his wife, Amy Shapiro, have performed folk music together for more than 35 years in a variety of ensembles. Dr. Olenick also co-hosted a radio program, “The Yiddish Hour,” in Portland for more than 20 years.
Sean O. Stalley, Composer
Sean O. Stalley was raised in Lebanon, Oregon. Growing up, he was active in the school band program playing guitar in the Jazz, Pep, and Marching Bands. He also played upright bass in the Symphonic Band and several musicals. His first arrangement was a Dragonforce (1999-) tune arranged for the Pep Band. Sean graduated from Oregon State University in 2013 with a degree in engineering and a minor in music that focused on recording, jazz, and experimental music. After graduating, Sean moved to Hillsboro and joined HSO for the 2014 season. Outside of the orchestra, Sean enjoys camping, video games, homebrewing, and going to concerts.