Leadership

David De LyserDavid De Lyser, Artistic Director

David De Lyser is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Portland, where he conducts the university orchestra, coaches chamber ensembles, and teaches music theory, music composition, orchestration, musicianship and fine arts classes. Prior to his appointment in Portland, he was an Assistant Professor of Music at UW-Marshfield/Wood County (Wisconsin), where he conducted the concert choir and orchestra, and taught various music courses. He was also the music director and pit orchestra conductor for the campus musicals. Some of his previous conducting engagements include the Rocky Mountain Chorale (Boulder, CO), the Jewish Community Orchestra (Portland) and various All-Conference and All-State ensembles in the Midwest. He is a frequent choral and instrumental guest-clinician and adjudicator.

Dr. De Lyser holds graduate degrees in conducting and composition from the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Portland, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Business from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is a published author and award-winning composer whose works have been performed and premiered by professional, collegiate, community and high school performing ensembles throughout the West and Midwest.

Holly Schauer & Megan Elliott

From left: Holly Schauer & Megan Elliott

Megan Elliott,
Assistant Artistic Director

Megan has sung with CAE since 2006, served as alto section leader since 2010, and Assistant Artistic Director since 2013. She holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Therapy from Corban University in Salem, OR and Marylhurst University here in Portland. She now works as a board certified music therapist in the Portland area, working mainly with children and people with developmental disabilities. She also supervises music therapy practicum students at Marylhurst University. She is a frequent vocalist at her church in Tigard and has also performed as a guest soloist at various concerts and events in Portland.

Holly Schauer, Assistant Conductor

Holly joined CAE in 2000 and has served as soprano section leader since 2003. She considers it a great privilege to also serve as assistant conductor. A native of Tennessee, Holly earned her bachelor’s degree in music from Belmont University in Nashville; during that time she spent a year studying vocal performance abroad at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden, Germany. After living briefly in Southern California, Holly moved to Portland and earned master’s degrees in both music and education at UP. She is employed as an educator in the David Douglas School District, having worked for 12 years as a music teacher and choir director and currently as the School Improvement Coordinator at Ron Russell Middle School. Holly continues to teach voice lessons and sing professionally and lives in Portland with her husband and two sons.

Jennifer Creek HughesJennifer Creek Hughes, Accompanist

Jennifer joined the Choral Arts Ensemble as its accompanist in 2011. A native Oregonian, that year also marked her return to the Portland area after spending seven years in New York City attending school and then working as an accompanist, teacher, and director. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Puget Sound and her Master of Music in Vocal Accompanying from Mannes College The New School for Music, in NYC. In addition to performing with CAE, Jennifer freelances in the Portland area with organizations like Portland State University, University of Portland, Westview High School, and private voice studios. The rest of her time is spent keeping up with her two small children, who luckily are great audience members when mom is practicing at home.