Cary Pederson – Owner, Director

Cary Pederson has been instructing in the local NW area for over 25 years. He has taught at various Washington and Oregon Public Schools, such as Mountain View High School in Vancouver, WA, Battle Ground High School in Battle Ground, WA, and Astoria Middle and High School in Oregon. He taught two years as a teaching assistant at Portland State University. He currently teaches general music at The Madeleine School in NE Portland, OR, and has a studio in which he teaches private music lessons (in-person and digital).

He has over 20 years of conducting experience through many venues, some of which include guest conductor at Discovery Middle School; direction from Dr. William Tuttle (formerly of Portland State University); lead director for the PSU Chamber Winds Ensemble; sectional director for Columbia River High School; and guest director for the PSU Wind Ensemble under the former direction of Dr. Denise Grant. Cary also took over the Beacock Music Concert band back in 2011 and concluded with his final season in 2020.

Cary performs for many local ensembles and holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in music performance from Portland State University, with specific training in performance and studio recording. He also holds a Master’s in Arts Education (instrumental music) from the University of Phoenix.