Diane Retallack, Artistic and Executive Director
Celebrated for her passionate leadership, rich imagination and expressive performance, Dr. Diane Retallack has served as Artistic Director for Eugene Concert Choir since 1985, the Eugene Vocal Arts since she founded the chamber ensemble in 1986, and the Eugene Concert Orchestra since 2015.
Read Diane’s full bio here.
Troy DeShazer, Office Administrator
As Office Administrator for the Eugene Concert Choir, Troy DeShazer is responsible for most of the day-to-day runnings. He brings to the job an extensive background in music education, conducting, and chamber music performance.
He holds a B.A. in Music Instruction from Southern Oregon University as well as an M.A. in Tuba Performance from the University of Redlands, Southern California, where he was fortunate to study with Scott Sutherland—former tubist with the internationally renown brass quintet Presidio Brass. Troy is an active member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) and the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) Oregon Chapter.
Prior to undertaking the responsibilities as Office Administrator, Troy was a Substitute Band Director for the Douglas County Winston & Roseburg School Districts. He has taught privately since 2011. He is the co-founder of a chamber brass ensemble in Roseburg, OR, The Burg Brass Quintet.
Colleen White, Orchestra Personnel Manager
Colleen White is the Orchestra Personnel Manager and 2nd clarinet of the Eugene Concert Orchestra. She enjoys a diverse musical career in performance, education, and arts administration. She is the 2nd/E-flat/bass clarinet of the Rogue Valley Symphony, and a member of the new music ensemble, Sound of Late. Colleen has performed with the Eugene Symphony, Astoria Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Coast Music Festival, OrchestraNext, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Ballet, and Lyric Opera of the North. She teaches clarinet and coaches chamber music at Willamette University, Corban University, and Chemeketa Community College, and has an active studio at her home in Eugene.
Colleen holds degrees from the University of Oregon, University of Minnesota Duluth, and Ithaca College. Before graduate school, Colleen taught K-12 classroom music and band in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Jill Switzer, ECCO Music Education Director
Jill Switzer received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. While currently maintaining her own private voice studio, she is also a proud member of the Eugene Concert Choir and the Eugene Opera Chorus. Jill has worked extensively with children, youth and adult choirs, most notably as Music Director at the Indiana University Newman Center for eight years. While she is classically trained, her performance background also includes musical theater and Latin American folk music. Her teaching credentials encompass vocal technique and music theory workshops in both English and Spanish. Jill has had the pleasure of being the Vocal Director for many of Upstart Crow Children’s Theater productions, including Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, High School Musical and Aladdin. When not leading others in song, she enjoys gardening, hiking with her family and dancing salsa with her husband!
Brad Schultz, Accompanist, Eugene Concert Choir
Brad Schultz is the rehearsal accompanist for the Eugene Concert Choir. He is also a Ph.D. student in Musicology at the University of Oregon, Sub-Dean of the Eugene Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and serves on the music staff at First United Methodist Church as organist/pianist, choir director, and Artistic Director for the Concerts at First music series. Prior to arriving in Eugene, Brad served on the music faculty at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, teaching music history, church music, keyboard, and aural skills, and applied organ lessons. He was also organist to the Student Congregation and served as a collaborative keyboardist. While in Decorah, Brad also served as artistic director of the Madison (Wisconsin) Area Concert Handbells, on the music staff at First Lutheran Church in Decorah, and as organist/pianist for the Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir, an auditioned choir of 45 high school students. Brad holds the Master of Sacred Music degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Bachelor’s degree from Luther College encompassing organ and tuba performance, and vocal and instrumental music education.
Nathalie Fortin, Accompanist, Eugene Vocal Arts
Nathalie Fortin was born in Montreal, Canada. She holds degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Eastman School of Music, and the University of Southern California. Locally, she has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene Opera, Eugene Symphony, Chamber Music Amici, Ballet Fantastique, the Oregon Mozart Players, and for a number of productions at the Shedd Institute for the Arts. She currently does collaborative work with Cascadia Chamber Opera, the Eugene Gleemen, Thurston High School, University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance, and Eugene Vocal Arts.