Jamie Webster

Jamie Webster 2Music Director Dr. Jamie Lynn Webster holds a PhD in musicology and ethnomusicology from the University of Oregon.

Jamie’s graduate studies focused on East European—especially Romany—music, early music, pan-American music traditions, gender issues, and music for film and live drama. Her published papers and recent research interests include aspects of East European music and dance, Bulgarian singing techniques in the United States, new ethnographic perspectives on Anglo-Saxon American family music-making, and symbolism for international ballet and fantasy film—most prominently incorporating findings from her 2009 dissertation on the music for Harry Potter films. She’s also performed with the PolishLira Ensemble (Chicago), Slavic Projection Folk Ensemble (Chicago), and the Chicago Choral Artists, and has had directing roles with the East European Folk Ensemble (UO, Eugene), Svila Women’s Balkan Choir (Portland), the Chautauqua Community Chorus, and the Festival Chorus of the Welsh Society of Portland.

When not singing and directing, Jamie spends her week with her daughters, teaching piano to a small studio of promising young people, playing for and directing traditional music programs for St. Stephen Lutheran (Gladstone), and teaching music history and world music classes for Pacific University (Forest Grove).