Jeremy Reinhold, Principal Accompanist
Jeremy Reinhold has accompanied ballet classes since 2001. He has previously worked for K-Ballet (Japan), San Francisco Ballet, U.C. Berkeley, Evergreen City Ballet (Seattle), and others. He has played classes at Harvard University, Cornish College of the Arts, and The Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive. He composes music regularly and loves collaborating with artists in other media, including film, theatre, and, of course, dance. His original music has been performed across the country, and his commercial music has been used by Saab and L’Occitane, among others. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco State University, both in music composition. He also studied in Greece at the Phillipos Nakas Conservatory. Jeremy is passionate about music education and has taught for more than a decade, including four years at the Seattle Symphony in the education department. Currently, he teaches piano, composition, and film scoring from his home studio in Portland.
J-P Douglas works as a multi-instrumentalist performer, educator and music director. He has previously lived and performed in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and Santa Barbara, CA. He is an active musician for dance and currently plays for dance companies and schools around Portland. In the past, he has directed music for many youth theater productions and performed at many fancy hotels. He has yet to be commissioned as a composer, though he regularly writes pieces for the people he cares about. You can regularly find him jamming with street buskers and enticing the public with music of every genre, origin and era at the public pianos around Portland. Living with the understanding that “the more instruments you can play, the more gigs you can get,” he is constantly learning and practicing new instruments and reminds you that it is never too late to learn a new skill or instrument.
Richard Hugunine began his professional music career in 1972 as ballet pianist for The Roberson School of Ballet in central New York. From 1973 to 1987 he provided improvisatory piano music for ballet classes as Assistant Music Director at the National Academy of Dance in Champaign, Illinois, as class pianist and personal pianist for Patricia Wilde at American Ballet Theatre, as Music Director and Composer in Residence at Ballet Binghamton, as lead class pianist at the National School of Ballet in Washington, D.C., and as on-call ballet pianist at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Richard returned to Binghamton University in 2012 to complete his BA in composition and continued on to complete his Master of Music (Composition/Performance) degree at Binghamton University under the direction of Daniel Thomas Davis. His compositions include scores for ballet, choral arrangements, works for instrumental ensembles, solo instruments and many songs. Richard joins us from New York, as a faculty pianist at The Portland Ballet.
Jenny Peterson, a Pacific Northwest native, grew up studying piano and dance. After a hiatus from music where she worked in IT and bike toured through South America, she returned to the piano in 2017. She has taught and performed at Centrum’s Acoustic Blues Festival in Port Townsend, Washington and has played with various jazz and soul ensembles throughout Vermont and Washington. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from St. Olaf College where she frequently collaborated with other musicians and artists, including dancers. Currently, she works as an accompanist for Portland State University, Hillsboro School District, BodyVox, and The Portland Ballet. Her inspirations for ballet classes come from her background in jazz, blues, and classical studies, as well as her experience dancing.
Tiffany Sanford is an avid composer and pianist. Over the years, her playing has earned her many awards and performance opportunities including soloing with the Mid-Columbia Sinfonietta and the Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra. As an accompanist, she has worked for Cathedral Choirs, Bella Canto Choir, Reedwood Friends Church, Portland Community College, Marylhurst University’s Summer Choir Camp, the Sultanov Russian Ballet Academy, and NW Dance Project’s summer intensive. Currently, she enjoys accompanying for The Portland Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theatre.
Her original composition awards include 1st Place National for MTNA’s High School Student Composition Competition in 1999 and Semifinalist in the international 2008 Sorel Medallion Choral Composition Contest. Her work has been featured on the All Classical 89.9 radio station and performed by the contemporary ensemble group fEARnoMUSIC. Between 2008-2010, she wrote the score, book and lyrics to three musicals which were produced by Trueheart Productions and premiered at Mt. Hood Community College. Currently, she is composing the orchestral score to the full-length ballet, Madman, which was commissioned and will be premiered by Ballet 5:8 in the fall of 2017 in Chicago.
Tiffany has a Masters Certificate in Arranging and Orchestration from Berklee College of Music and is pursuing a double major in Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games and Songwriting from Berklee College of Music.
Jordan Strang is a pianist and artist currently based in the Portland area. He trains professionally with retired Portland State University professor Harold Gray, as well as highly regarded English pianist, Paul Roberts. Jordan has performed a wide variety of solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire for audiences ranging from intimate groups to over 4,000 people. Currently working on the artistic staff of both Oregon Ballet Theatre and The Portland Ballet, he has worked for teachers, dancers, artistic directors and ballet masters from many leading companies including Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Odessa Ballet Company, Boston Ballet, and Ballet Philippines. His work as a ballet class accompanist is directly influenced by his work as a classical pianist and his extensive training as a classical ballet dancer. In working with professional and pre-professional companies and studios, Jordan is fully committed to creating beautiful music that moves and inspires dancers.
Western-Li Summerton is a pianist and aspiring composer based in Portland Oregon. Born in Bellingham, Washington, he has studied with renowned pianists Judith Widrig, Ralph Markham, Kenneth Broadway, Anita King, Jean-David Coen, and Hwakyu Lee. He has performed in numerous recitals, festivals, and competitions throughout the Pacific Northwest including the 2009 “Youth for Youth” Benefit Concert for Educating Girls of Rural China, the 2010 Bellingham Chinese Cultural Festival, and winning the 2014-2015 OMTA Scholarship Small Ensemble Competition with works for piano duo. Recent performances include Mendelsohn’s two piano arrangement of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Reed College’s Dr. Susan Dewitt Smith and Bodyvox, as well as The Portland Ballet’s production of Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
Summerton holds a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance with a minor in Business from Portland State University. He currently serves as a ballet accompanist for Oregon Ballet Theatre, Bodyvox, The Portland Ballet, and NW Dance Project.