2019-20 Music Department Staff Grouped together on a stage

Salem-Keizer Music Faculty, 2019-20


Salem-Keizer Public Schools

District Music



Lancaster Professional Center

2450 Lancaster Dr. NE
Salem, Oregon 97305

Marylou Boderman portrait

Mary Lou Boderman,

Coordinator of Music & Drama

Andie Andeen,

Program Assistant for Music & Drama

Sheila Gebhardt,

Senior Secretary for Music & Drama

Contact the Music Department
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  • 2019 Best Communities for Music Education
  • Formally attired high school orchestra musicians
  • McKay Symphony students at State
  • student orchestra
  • band students
  • Teacher Damian Berdakin conducting the South Salem Symphony at State competition
  • Teacher and boy play on the piano

Upcoming Performances

Scroll down to view full month calendars for all district music and for school feeder areas

  Information & Resources

Instruments for Kids

Donate your gently used musical instruments today!

Help us provide instruments for students who would love to participate in school music programs. We gladly accept monetary donations to help with the cost of instrument repair and maintenance.

Drop off locations:

233 Commercial Street: Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5:30pm
484 State Street: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm

Questions? Or to arrange for a pick up, call 503-364-2933

Friends of Music is a division of SKEF

The Music Lessons Project

The new Music Lessons Project, a community-supported non-profit organization dedicated to providing individualized and small-group lessons.

Music Lessons Project brings private lessons to Salem’s lower-income schools

High School Application

Here is the application link for 2019.

((Coming Soon))

High School CD/DVD Order Form

HS All City DVD-CD Order Form

BAND: auditions, rehearsals and performance schedule

Thurs. Jan. 23 1:00 – 8:00 PM Auditions West Salem HS
Wed. Feb. 3 4:00 – 6:00 PM Sectionals West Salem HS
Wed. Feb. 12 4:00 – 6:00 PM Sectionals West Salem HS
Wed. Feb.  20 4:00 – 6:00 PM Sectionals (if needed) West Salem HS
Thurs. Feb. 21 8:00 – 3:00 PM Full Rehearsal West Salem HS
Fri. Feb. 22 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Full Rehearsal West Salem HS
Sat. Feb. 23 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

6:00 – 9:15 PM

                                      Full Rehearsal

Concert Warm-Up Performance

West Salem HS

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CHOIR: auditions, rehearsals and performance schedule

Tues. Jan. 14 4:00 – 8:30 PM Live Auditions North Salem HS
Wed.  Jan. 29 3:45 – 6:00 PM Prep Rehearsal North Salem HS
Wed.  Feb. 5 3:45 – 6:00 PM Prep Rehearsal North Salem HS
Wed.  Feb. 12 3:45 – 6:00 PM Prep Rehearsal North Salem HS
Wed. Feb. 20 3:45 – 6:00 PM Prep Rehearsal North Salem HS
Thurs. Feb. 19 6:00 – 9:00 PM Rehearsal w/ Clinician North Salem HS
Fri. Feb. 21 8:00 – 3:30 PM Rehearsal w/ Clinician North Salem HS
Sat. Feb. 22 8-12:00                     2:00-3:00 Dress Rehearsal Performance West Salem HS

ORCHESTRA: auditions, rehearsals and performance schedule

Thurs. Feb. 6 5:00 -8:00 PM Auditions Parrish MS
Wed. Feb. 19 4:00 -6:00 PM Sectional Rehearsal Parrish MS
Thurs. Feb. 20 8:45 – 8:00 PM Sectional Rehearsal Parrish MS/Church
Fri Feb. 21 4:00 – 9:00 PM Full Rehearsal Parrish MS
Sat. Feb. 22 8:00 – 12:00 PM Dress Rehearsal Parrish MS
Sat. Feb. 22  5:15 PM Performance West Salem HS

Middle School Application

MS Band Application MS Orchestra Application

((Coming Soon))

Middle School CD/DVD Order Form

Click here to download MS All City DVD-CD Order Form

BAND: auditions, rehearsals and performance schedule

Thurs. Jan. 30 3:15 – 9:00 PM Auditions Claggett Creek  MS
Thur. Feb. 6 6:00 – 8:15 PM Sectionals Claggett Creek  MS
Thur. Feb. 11 6:00 – 8:15 PM Sectionals Claggett Creek  MS
Thur. Feb 13 (if needed) 6:00 – 8:15 PM Sectionals (if needed) Claggett Creek  MS
Thurs. Feb. 20 6:00 – 8:30 PM Full Rehearsal Claggett Creek  MS
Fri. Feb. 21 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM Full Rehearsal Claggett Creek  MS
Sat. Feb. 22 8:00 AM – 11:50 PM

6:20 – 8:30 PM

7:30 – 8:30 PM

Full Rehearsal

Concert Warm &


Straub MS – P/Up at West

West Salem HS

CHOIR: auditions, rehearsals and performance schedule

Wed. Jan. 8 4:30 – 7:30 PM Live Auditions Stephens MS
Wed. Feb. 5 6:00 – 8:15 PM Prep Rehearsal Stephens MS
Wed. Feb. 12 6:00 – 8:15 PM Prep Rehearsal Stephens MS
Wed. Feb. 19 6:00 – 8:15 PM Prep Rehearsal Stephens MS
Fri. Feb. 21 5:00 – 8:00 PM Rehearsal w/Clinician North Salem HS
Sat. Feb. 22  9:00 – 12:00 PM Dress Rehearsal North Salem HS
Sat. Feb. 22 2:00 – 3:00 PM Performance West Salem HS

ORCHESTRA: auditions, rehearsals and performance schedule

Thurs. Jan. 9 4:00 – 8:00 PM Live Auditions Waldo MS
Wed.  Feb. 4 6:00 – 8:00 PM Prep Rehearsal Waldo MS
Wed. Feb 12 6:00 – 8:00 PM Prep Rehearsal Waldo MS
Thurs. Feb. 20 6:00 – 8:30 PM Rehearsal w/ Clinician Waldo MS
Fri. Feb. 21 3:30 – 7:00 PM Rehearsal w/ Clinician Waldo MS
Sat. Feb. 22 9:30 – 12:00 PM Dress Rehearsal Waldo MS
Sat. Feb. 22 4:20 -4:50 PM Call Time West Salem HS
Sat. Feb. 22 5:15 PM Performance West Salem HS

Information is available on the OMEA website

Straub Middle School

This event is hosted by Straub Middle School and caters to middle school students. It will be held on March 14, 2020. Registration information will be available through your band director.

OMEA District 4

This event is hosted by the Oregon Music Education Association (OMEA), District 4. It serves as the state-qualifying event for students in OMEA’s District 4 region. Though ineligible for advancement to state competition, middle school students are welcome to participate. Registration information will be available through your band director.

Performance Samplings

  In the News


West Salem High School once again takes home regional marching band prize

– Statesman Journal Nov. 5, 2017

Salem-Keizer students receive Withnell music scholarships

– Statesman Journal May 23, 2017


Best friends win Music Hall of Fame scholarships

— Statesman Journal April 21, 2016

30 years of OSAA music competitions

— Statesman Journal, spring 2016


How Salem music teacher Gary Frame has changed lives

— Statesman Journal Nov. 21, 2015

Mr. Frame’s opus: Alumni reflect on teacher’s influence

— Statesman Journal Nov. 21, 2015

Sprague Alum Frajola Honored

-Statesman Journal, November 1, 2019

Music Lesson Project

-Statesman Journal May 9, 2019

Collegiate-bound McKay pianist overcomes health issues

– Koin 6 May 28, 2018

PHOTOS: 2018 OSAA Band State Championships

– Statesman Journal, May 12, 2018

West Salem, South Salem win orchestra championships

– Statesman Journal May 11, 2018

McNary a capella group Something Dangerous to compete at semifinals

– Statesman Journal Jan. 23, 2018

Lesson Music Project Fundraiser

-Music Department Jun. 28, 2018

McKay String Quartet

– Music Department Oct. 13, 2018

All 2019-20 Music Events in table format

Salem-Keizer District Music Events for 2019-20

Event DayEventLocationTime
September 7, 2019Music DayAll High SchoolsAll Day
September 21, 2019Project Chamber MusicElsinore Theatre7-8:30
September 28, 2019PCISprague HSAll Day
October 3, 2019Music College NightMcKay 6:00
October 11, 2019
OMEA District 4 Fall In-ServiceSprague HSAll Day
October 26, 2019Xperience Music FestivalMcNary HSAll Day
December 7, 2019

December 14, 2019
MVC Jazz Festival

Keizer Holiday Lights Parade
McKay HS

All Day

January 16 - 19, 2020OMEA State ConferenceEugene, OR All Day
February 8, 2020MVC West Salem Jazz FestivalWest HS All Day
February 22, 2020MS & HS All City Honors Concert West HSAll Day
March 3, 2020HS Intermediate Choir FestivalWest HS6-9:00
March 7, 2020OMEA District 4
McNary HSAll Day
March 9, 2020OSAS Youth ConcertSmith Hall, WU10:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
March 10 & 11, 2020HS Intermediate OrchestraMcNary HS6-9:00
March 12, 2020HS Intermediate BandMcNary5:30 - 9:00
March 14, 202040th Annual OSAS Wiscarson Young Musicians' CompetitionWOU - Smith HallAll Day
March 14, 2020S/K MS Solo & Ensemble FestivalStraub MS8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
March 14, 2020Elementary Choral FestivalPeople's ChurchAll Day
March 17, 2020HS Advanced Choir FestivalSprague HS7-9:00
April 4, 2020NWAPA Guard & PercussionWest HS All Day
April 7, 2020OMEA District IV Choir Festival (state qualifier)Central HSAll Day
April 8, 2020Salem Keizer Invitational Strings (state qualifier)West HS1:50 - 7:00
April 9, 2020Salem Keizer Invitational Symphony Festival (state qualifier)West HS3-7:00
April 10, 2020MVC HS Band Contest (state qualifier)West HS11-5:00
April 13, 2020MS Advanced Choir FestivalWest HS4-9:00
April 20 & 21, 2020MS Advanced Band FestivalNorth HS6:30 - 9:00
April 22 & 23, 2020MS Advanced Orchestra FestivalNorth HS6:30 - 9:00
May 1, 2020OMEA State Small Ensemble ContestPacific UAll Day
May 2, 2020State OSAA Solo ContestPacific UAll Day
May 8, 2020Best of NW ChoirsPortland StateAll Day
May 8, 2020State OSAA Choir 5AOSUAll Day
May 9, 2020State OSAA ChoirOSUAll Day/Eve
May 13, 2020
May 15, 2020
May 16, 2020
State OSAA Orchestra
State OSAA Band 5A
State OSAA Band
All Day
All Day
All Day
May 29, 2020OSAS Music Educators AwardsSmith Hall, WU8-9:30
May 30, 2020OMEA State JazzMt. Hood CCAll Day/Eve

Music Events by High School Feeder Area

Quick Facts: Our Faculty

Salem-Keizer 24J Faculty Degrees

Allison VanderMolen Univ. of the Pacific
Andy Thomas WOU
Anisa Foroughi Iowa State Univ., PSU
Anna Robinson OSU
Ariana Recher Central Washington State
Ashley Alexander DePaul Univ., PSU
Ben Stokes California State Univ. Northridge
Bethea Gliebe Corban Univ.
Brett Randolph OSU
Brian Bell New Mexico State Univ.
Brooke Brooks San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Corban Univ.
Bruce Purdy Univ. of Montana
Camden Davis PSU
Caroline Murphy Corban University
Carolyn Freel Messiah College, Univ. of Hartford
Casey Paulsen UO, OSU
Chris Nelson Brigham Young Univ., Washington State Univ.
Chris Noel St. Olaf College, Univ. of Illinois
Cole Blume St. Olaf Univ., UO
Damian Berdakin Longy School of Music, California Institute of the Arts
Danny Hunt UO
Dave DeRoest OSU, Univ. of Portland
David Brown Univ. of Arizona
David Hodges Kansas Univ., Southern Oregon Univ.
David Loney Moody Bible Institute, Wester Washington Univ.
Deborah Barber Willamette Unvi.
Debra Jetton Multnomah Unvi.
DeLee Brown Univ. of Arizona, Concrodia Univ.
Doug Beisley Warner Pacific College & PSU
Douglas Wagers UO
Dustin Williams PSU
George Thomson Univ. of California, Berkeley,  WOU
Gloria Burtis California State Univ. Fullerton
Hayden Chandler Seattle Univ., WOU
Heidi Rosemont Corban Univ.
Jaimie Hall California State Univ., California State Univ.
James Nowickas Western Illnois Univ.
Jason Erickson Northern Arizona Univ., PSU
Jeff Crueger PSU, Univ. of Conneticut
Jeffrey Larkin OSU, Univ. of Washington
Jennifer Bell UO
Jennifer Kercher WOU,  George Fox Univ.
Jennifer Vowles Northern Illinois Univ.
Jesse Dreher Vanguard Univ., OSU
Jessica Sokoloff George Fox Univ.
JJ Meyer OSU
Jon Harris-Clippinger Willamette Univ.,  Univ. of Illinois
Josh Seitz OSU
Joshua Rist OSU
Juana Gutierrez Duran Corban Univ.
Julie Rundquist Univ. of Missouri- Columbia, WOU
Karly Schindler OSU
Kate Johnson Lawrence Univ.
Kathryn Dewey Corbin Univ.
Kathy Kem Concordia Univ.
Kelsie Demianew Linfield College, OSU
Kenda Peterson Walla Walla College, Northern Illinois Univ.
Kiersten Garber Univ. of North Texas & Baylor Univ.
Kim Beranek UO
Kimberly McConnell UO
Larry Garrett New Mexico State Univ., Texas Tech Univ.
Laura Wagstaff OSU
Laura Wasdo Univer. of Connecticut, Hofstra Univer. & Dowling College
Lawren Labo Univ. of Northern CO
Lenora Davis Univ. of Alaska-Fairbanks,  Kansas State Univ.
Linda Botsford PSU
Lindsay Rogers UO, OSU
Linette Meshelle WOU
Lisa Rael PSU
Lucas Anderson Willamette Univ., Washington State Univ.
Mac Mayer Ohio State, Univ. of Kansas
Marian Herrmann Temple U Boyer College
Matt Polacek UO
Matthew Bailey Louisiana State Univ.
Melanie Rourke Univ. of Texas at Arlington,  Kent State Univ.
Mick Bryson OSU
Mzuri Robertson UO
Nathan Irby UO
Nicole Graybeal Eastern Oregon Univ., Cincinnati Conservatory of Music,  Marylhurst Univ.
Patience Dunbar Northern Illinois Univ., Boise State Univ.
Peter Rundquist Boise State Univ.
Peter Sepulveda St. Olaf College
Rachel Grove Azusa Pacific Univ., Morningside College
Randall Gregory Western Washington Univ.
Rebecca Griffiths UO
Rebecca Hollen George Fox Univ.
Rita Brown Univ. of Puget Sound
Robb Harrison Univ. of Arizona, Willamette Univ.
Ruth Falby UO
Ryan Amend Whitworth Univ., Central Washington Univ.
Sally Davis Eastern New Mexico Univ., Liberty Univ.
Sam Reid Univ. of North Texas,  Univ. of New Mexico
Sandy Packo Univ. of Alaska Anchorage
Sara Whitener Mercer Univ., UO
Scott Avzaradel UO
Sean Williams UO
Serianna Rosberg Corban Univ.  & COCC
Sidran Olson UO
Stacy Ryan OSU
Stephanie Meeks Univ. of North Texas
Stephen Nelson Washington State Univ., Univ. of Puget Sound, Univ. of Michigan
Steve Phillips WOU, OSU
Tessa Welterlen Univ. of Iowa, Univ. of New Mexico
Todd Zimbelman UO
Vance Bowman UO, WOU
Andie Andeen Cincinnati Convseratory of Music

OSAS Music Teacher of the Year

  • 2004: Janet Romine, Russ Christensen
  • 2005: Paul Mayhew
  • 2006: Stephen Nelson
  • 2007: Rosalie Karalekas, Holly Albertson
  • 2008: Ike Nail
  • 2009: Jim Taylor
  • 2010: Carol Stenson
  • 2011: Tiffany Gaither
  • 2012: Todd Zimbelman
  • 2013: Steve Phillips
  • 2014: Rebecca Hollen
  • 2015: Anisa Rodriguez-Foroughi
  • 2016: George Thomson, David Brown, Andy Thomas
  • 2017: Karly Schindler

Crystal Apple Recipients

  • Barb Fontana, 2003
  • Becca Hollen, 2015
  • Bonnie Gallagher, 2008
  • Chuck Graber, 1997
  • Dave DeRoest, 2015
  • Gordon Ogo, 2004
  • Karl Raschkes, 2007

“The best part of teaching in Salem-Keizer is the high quality of teaching, standards and musical experience for our students, as well as the incredible community support for our music in Salem-Keizer.”

“I love working with a district dedicated to the excellence of the students as well as teachers.  It is a wonderful district to teach in because I can support and be supported by other teachers in the school and the district.”

“The practical support of new teachers by the music leadership. Salem-Keizer holds high standards for music, but is also great at helping teachers meet those standards.”

“Salem-Keizer has a great community of teachers that offer support and assistance to one another. They are open to new ideas and help create an environment for success.”

“The teachers you will work with lead to an environment that pushes you to continue to grow as an educator. The people here are really great to work with.”

“Feeling a part of a strong musical  culture and history, community support, accountability”

“The well-supported, high quality music programs, in all levels and areas make me proud to be a new hire in SKSD.”

“Great colleagues.  They really spread you out so that you can get a lot of experience.”

“Teaching in a community that supports you and loves music is a dream come true. I appreciate the connection between other teachers in my discipline and the community of support and encouragement that we have fostered. The students are phenomenal and I feel gratified as a musician in the quality of music we get to make together.”

“The Salem-Keizer school district is full of thriving music programs and excellent staff. This creates a culture of high expectations and exceptional support and growth opportunities. I truly believe I have grown so much as a music educator through the intentional and frequent formal and informal supports at the district and area levels. My colleagues are incredibly knowledgeable and are always willing to help and support the work I do with my students.”

ODE Standards for Music

National and ODE standards follow the same framework.

These diagrams may be helpful in understanding how the standards are coded within the framework (3 pgs).

Salem-Keizer Scope & Sequences

Under Revision

Interested In Working Here?

Our district employs over 100 music teachers, serving students in kindergarten through high school. Students in our elementary schools receive at least an hour of music instruction each week, in addition to optional participation in choir, orchestra, and band. The choir, orchestra, and band programs continue through high school, with the full complement offered at each of our traditional middle and high schools. Some schools also offer courses in guitar, world drumming, piano, ukulele, etc.

Our programs are staffed vertically, enabling students to receive instruction from teachers working within their area of specialty. Our faculty hail from around the country, drawn by the commitment our community makes to ensuring all students have access to a quality music education. If you’re interested in joining our faculty you may wish to explore this website for perspectives from faculty members (Quick Facts section above), samples of student performances, and scope and sequences for our core content areas. You may also wish to visit our district’s quick facts page, our employment page, or search our current job postings.