Our Members

Below you will find information about several of our members.  Scroll down to find all of our members listed by north, central, and south county.


  • Rita Warton – President, Membership ChairRita Warton

Rita Warton lives in Neotsu, OR.   She is a New Zealander who studied Music Performance at Auckland University before moving to the US in 1965. Over the following years, she and her husband Michael raised four musical children, and she spent many hours accompanying High School and College students at various functions.

After moving to Lincoln City in 1988, she became musician for various churches, the Lincoln Community Chorus and Teacher of Piano and Voice.  She accompanies the Missoula Children’s Theater annual performances.  She joined OMTA in 1992 and is an active member, serving many years as President of Lincoln County District.

E-mail:  mwarton@wcn.net  Phone: 541-994-8585


  • Cathy Champion-Predmore, NCTM – Vice Presidentcathychampion

Cathy Champion-Predmore is an active piano teacher and performer who recently joined the Lincoln County MTA.  She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in Library from the University of Montana-Missoula in 1985 and credits toward a Master of Music degree while working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in 2004-5. In 2009 she received Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate in Piano from the Music Teachers National Association fulfilling 15 years of teaching, continuing education and performance requirements. In 1997, she created the Jean Crockett Memorial Scholarship Fund to assist budding pianists attend music camps. It has been funded by donations at her solo piano recitals and fundraising events with the Helena Music Teachers Association. Ms. Champion-Predmore has performed with the Helena Symphony, St. Paul’s Methodist Choir, Missoula Children’s Theatre, and collaborated with musicians annually for a Teachers Recital in addition to giving nine solo recitals.

Email: backlit17@gmail.com  Phone: 541-270-4814


  • Dr. Matt Goodrich


Dr. Matt Goodrich is based in Seal Rock. He teaches piano, performance skills, and Alexander Technique to motivated intermediate students through active concert performers. He holds a B.M. in piano performance from Oberlin College Conservatory, where he studied with Julian Martin, and earned an M.M. and a D.M.A. in piano performance from the University of Washington under the direction of Robin McCabe. He completed his Alexander Technique Teacher Training with Cathy Madden at the Alexander Technique Training and Performance Studio in Seattle. Matt is currently Instructor of Music at Oregon State University, where he teaches Applied Piano majors and minors, Alexander Technique for Musicians, and Collaborative Piano. He serves on the board of Corvallis-OSU Piano International (COPI). One of his passions is teaching pianists as well as other musicians how to perform, giving presentations on this topic at the Alexander Technique International Congress, OMTA Linn-Benton, OMTA Rogue Valley, COPI, and Southern Oregon University.

A former MTNA Young Artist Competition National Finalist, Matt maintains an active performance schedule. He has appeared as soloist with the Syracuse Symphony, University of Washington Symphony, UW Wind Ensemble, Victoria Festival Orchestra, and Seattle Thalia Symphony. In April he will perform Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Egyptian”) with the Willamette Valley Symphony in Albany and Corvallis. As a chamber music and theatrical performer, Goodrich was featured in the inaugural and tenth-anniversary concerts of the Auburn Symphony Chamber Series and performs frequently with diverse performing groups such as the Battery Street Trio, East-West Virtuosi, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Northwest Boychoir. In 2018 he will tour with two duo-piano ensembles, including the multimedia presentation A Charmed Rendezvous: Parisian Music for Two Pianos. He spent 2016 on the road with the Broadway national tour of If/Then starring Idina Menzel, and has been pianist and music director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland since 2013.

Email:  mattgood@u.washington.edu   Phone: 206-618-8690


  • Tony Holly20130316_124837_ribbon fest B-(ZF-9418-31005-1-018)

Tony Holly lives in Newport, OR, and teaches guitar on the central Oregon coast. He holds a BA degree in classical guitar performance from California State University, Stanislaus, CA, and an AA degree from Modesto Junior College where he graduated with honors, receiving three scholarships.  In 1992 he received a Music Technology Certificate, specializing in Midi Technology and Music Software from Cogswell Polytechnical College in Cupertino, CA.  In 1996 he was certified in the Suzuki Guitar Method. He has performed both as a soloist and in chamber settings for more than 20 years. Before moving to Newport he was a member of the faculty at Modesto Junior College where he was instructor of guitar and also taught classes in the history of American popular music. He has taught many styles of guitar but says classical guitar has proven to be the most challenging and rewarding. He believes the Suzuki method is a wonderful way to introduce children to beautiful music.  Tony teaches the “Music Connection” guitar classes in the after school programs at Sam Case and Toledo Elementary schools.

E-mail:  tholly@newportnet.com  Phone: 541-740-4915


  • Christine McKenney – TreasurerChris McK

Chris is a lifetime music educator. She graduated with honors in 1975 from OCE (now
WOSC) in Monmouth, Oregon, with a BS of Music Education.  She has taught music in public schools for the past 28 years in Monmouth, Beaverton, and Scappoose, as well as the Lincoln County School District. During the time she was teaching, she also completed 58 hours of graduate work at Portland State University toward her Masters degree in Choral Directing and Music Education.  Retiring in June of 2010, Chris is presently teaching privately in her home. Voice, Piano, and Beginning Guitar instruction are her areas of expertise.  Chris also is an experienced choir director and is presently serving as vocal coach for Central Coast Chorale.

Email: cmck46@hotmail.com    Phone  541-961-1763


  • Mary MorgantiMary's ad pic (1)

Mary is new to the Florence, Oregon area, but not to Oregon as she grew up in Corvallis and Philomath. She holds a B.S. in Music from Western Oregon University. She has continued her own piano studies over the years with several teachers including K. Bailey and Dr. A. Giles in Los Angeles.

After graduating, Mary went to work for Yamaha Music Corporation and taught in Hawaii and California for several years. She worked at the Research and Development Center in Irvine, CA for over 5 years creating curriculum, teaching and performing. She has traveled the world with the “Passport to Music” program through Yamaha Corporation.

Mary has worked extensively as an accompanist for solo artists, ensembles, church groups and in musical theater in Hawaii, California, Arizona and Oregon. She is currently playing for the Siuslaw school choirs and the Last Resort Players’ production of “Annie”.

Mary has operated a private studio for more than 30 years and looks forward to teaching in Florence. She is now accepting students, ages 6-adult.

Email:  maryjo366@msn.com   Phone:  (520) 850-3563


  • Donna Olson, NCTMOlson Piano Studio

Donna Olson has more than 30 years of experience teaching piano and has held leadership roles in various state and local music teachers associations (Virginia: President, Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association; President, Fairfax West Music Teachers Association.  Washington State: President, Puyallup Valley Music Teachers Association and at the State level: Vice President, District 3).  Donna has a Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) and has, in addition, earned National Certification of Teachers of Music (NCTM) recognition.  She also has an Associate Degree in Piano from the Queensland Conservatory in Australia and a BA in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University.   While Donna left behind a full studio in Puyallup, the promising new Lincoln City studio is just as spacious and still features two Yamaha grand pianos.   She is now a member of both the Oregon Music Teachers Association and the Lincoln County Chapter of Music Teachers.

Email:  olsonpianostudio@charter.net      Phone:  (253) 951-9255


  • Dr. Mary Lee Scoville20140914_151915_spotlight-(ZF-6311-38448-1-013)

Dr. Mary Lee Scoville lives in Waldport, Or.  She is a native of Oregon and received Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degrees from Oregon State University.  She received a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music composition and theory from the University of Oregon.  While living in Stockton, California, she taught at the University of the Pacific and Stanislaus State.   She now teaches piano and classical guitar in Newport and Waldport and is an on site instructor in Music at the Oregon Coast Community College.  She has been the Music Director of the Central Coast Chorale since its inception in 1997 and directs adult and youth handbell choirs.  She directs the Contemporary Choir at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newport, and plays organ at St Stephen and St Luke’s Episcopal Churches Newport and Waldport. She has directed orchestras in support of local theater productions, including the Porthole Players production of the “The Secret Garden” and “Damn Yankees” and Stephen Sondheims’ “Into The Woods.”

E-mail:  mlmaestro@peak.org    Phone: 541-563-6830


  • Jess Smith

Jess Smith lives in Seal Rock, OR, where he teaches piano. Prior to coming to Oregon he lived for 40 years in New York City. There he was an administrator and teacher at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music from 1957-1988, serving as its Executive Director from 1977-1988. His education includes a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the University of Puget Sound, post-graduate study with Rosinna Lhevinne at the Los Angeles Conservatory and at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He received a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Columbia University Teachers College, New York City. Jess is semi-retired now, but does occasionally accept students. He has a strong belief in the value of piano


  • Jessica TreonJessie Treon by Chris G

Jessica W. Treon lives in Seal Rock, north of Waldport.

She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy and has over thirty years of teaching experience. Jessie believes learning music should be a positive and loving experience regardless of the student’s age. Her music program begins with Polly Panda Music which is designed for 2-4 year olds. It is a pre-piano program using singing, movement, rhythm instruments, and dance. After Polly Panda students move to Kinder Keyboards, a mix of basic music and beginning keyboard lessons for students age 4-6. She teaches private piano to students of all ages and levels at her studio in Seal Rock. She plays at Sacred Heart Church on a part-time basis and is available for other church services, weddings,  etc. She performs as a duo with Mary Lee Scoville and traveled to France recently to attend Musique a Beaumont, a week long seminar and performance opportunity for duo pianists.

E-mail: treonentinc@peak.org  Phone: 541-563-4183


  • Rita Warton – Past President, Membership ChairRita Warton

Rita Warton lives in Neotsu, OR.   She is a New Zealander who studied Music Performance at Auckland University before moving to the US in 1965. Over the following years, she and her husband Michael raised four musical children, and she spent many hours accompanying High School and College students at various functions.

After moving to Lincoln City in 1988, she became musician for various churches, the Lincoln Community Chorus and Teacher of Piano and Voice.  She accompanies the Missoula Children’s Theater annual performances.  She joined OMTA in 1992 and is an active member, serving many years as President of Lincoln County District.

E-mail:  mwarton@wcn.net  Phone: 541-994-8585


  • Sarah Barker Ball, NCTMSarah announcing recorders 2007

Sarah’s Music Studio is now located in Forest Grove, Oregon. She maintains connection with Lincoln County OMTA teachers and students through regular visits and through Skype.  She teaches piano, theory and folk guitar to students of all ages.

Sarah is a founding member of Lincoln County OMTA and is active at the state level.  She holds music education degrees from Lewis and Clark College and the University of Oregon.  Her professional experience includes teaching general music in Lincoln County School District,  leading  youth and adult choirs, and serving as music director at Trinity United Methodist in Toledo.


Email: beachballs@peak.org  Phone: 541-961-3146

  • Tiffany Jefferson, Past presidentTiffany 2

Tiffany Jefferson lives in Toledo and teaches beginning through intermediate students at home and in Newport. Currently she is not taking new students.

She has  been a church musician since 2000, and has been involved with the Central Coast Chorale for several years, serving on the board and as director of the Central Coast Youth Hand Bell Choir.  Currently she is studying piano and Alexander Technique with Dr. Matt Goodrich of OSU and has participated in several enrichment workshops including the Tholen Fellows Project and master classes with Dr. Alexander Tutunov of SOU.  Recently she played keyboard in the orchestra for Coastal Act Productions’ “Beauty and the Beast,” and accompanied the Toledo High School choir at a statewide competition.

Email: firmfoundationpianostudio@gmail.com    Phone: 541-264-1211




Donna Olson, NCTM  piano  olsonpianostudio@charter.net   253-951-9255   Lincoln City

Andrea Roesel, Secretary  piano   annieroesel@gmail.com   503-705-4374   Lincoln City

Doreen Thorusen  violin  violinlass@centurylink.net   541-248-9773   Lincoln City

Rita Warton   piano, voice  mwarton@wcn.net   541-994-8585   Neotsu



Tony Holly  guitar   tholly@newportnet.com    541-740-4915   Newport

Diane LaRue  piano   dianerue2@hotmail.com    541-265-6255   Newport

Christine McKenney  piano, voice, guitar  cmck46@hotmail.com   541-961-1763   Newport

Leatrice Lily voice  leatricelily@gmail.com  406-459-7800  Newport

Tonia Storm piano, guitar  dr.tonia_storm@yahoo.com  423-741-4235 Toledo



Cathy Champion-Predmore  piano   backlit17@gmail.com   541-270-4814   Waldport

Dr. Matthew Goodrich  piano  mattgood@u.washington.edu   206-618-8690   Seal Rock

Mary Morganti  piano  maryjo366@msn.com   520-850-3563   Florence

Dr. Mary Lee Scoville  pianoguitar, theory   mlmaestro@peak.org   541-961-0269   Waldport

Grayson Schlosser  piano  graysonschlosser@gmail.com  541-272-0779  Waldport

Jess Smith  piano  jess2email@yahoo.com   541-563-3652   Seal Rock

Jessica Treon  piano  treonentinc@peak.org   541-961-0959   Seal Rock