Choir Staff

David De Lyser

Artistic Director

Dr. David De Lyser assumed the position of Artistic Director and Conductor with the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland in May of 2012. He is also Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Portland, where, in addition to conducting the University Singers and Chamber Choir, he teaches music theory, composition, orchestration, conducting, and is the music director for campus musicals. He maintains a busy schedule of guest conducting and adjudicating in the Northwest. He 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.

Dr. De Lyser is a published author and award-winning composer whose works have been commissioned, premiered and performed by professional, collegiate, community and high school performing ensembles throughout the West and Midwest.

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, and a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska Kearney. Besides her work with CAE, Megan is the director of Bel Canto, the treble choir at the University of Portland. She is also a board-certified music therapist and has worked with children, people in memory care, adults with special needs, and directed a choir specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease. When she is not singing or conducting, Megan loves to cook, hike, ride horses, and spend time with her family.

Megan Elliot 2017

Jennifer Creek Hughes


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, she is on staff at Pacific University and Jesuit High School. Jennifer also freelances with several private voice studios for recitals and competitions. The rest of her time is spent keeping up with her two children, who luckily are great audience members when mom is practicing at home.

Board of Directors


Zach Heath,* President
Principal, Program Management (Product Development), Workday

Joshua A. Gietzen,* Past-President
Physician Assistant, Providence Health and Services

Kris Voss-Rothmeier*, Secretary
Social Studies and AVID Teacher
Gordon Russell Middle School

Mark M. Vierck*, Board Treasurer
Shareholder/President, Vierck & Rakoski, CPAs, P.C.


Tym Andrews*
Principal Technical Support Specialist at FullStory

Jared Flood*
Founder & Creative Director, Brooklyn Tweed

David Hughes*
VP of Strategy, GRAYBOX

Michael Hyatt-Evenson*
Sr. Director of Learning & Development at First Tech Federal Credit Union

Marina Laurette*
Intel Program Manager, Retired

Sylvia Nelsen*
Associate Professor of Biomaterial and Biomedical Sciences

Jenny Stadler*
Executive Director, PHAME Academy

Jacquie Van Hoomissen
Professor of Biology, Academic Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Portland

Jackie Wirz, PhD.
Executive Director, Donate Life Northwest

Susan Wladaver-Morgan*
Former Assoc. Editor, Pacific Historical Review

* indicates choir member as well as board member