The Westside Community & Youth Orchestra was founded in October 2007 by Rob Archibald to fill a need that the Intel Singers had for a small orchestra to accompany it in concerts. Originally named the Intel Orchestra, over time, the orchestra grew to include Intel employees, family members and friends from many occupations and backgrounds joined together by a common love for music.
After eighteen months together, the orchestra decided to reach out to the community to expand. Knowing that there weren't any school orchestras in the Hillsboro School District, the Intel Orchestra sought to establish a place where youth in the Hillsboro area could play together. To meet that need, the Intel Symphony Orchestra changed its name to the Westside Community & Youth Orchestra and added youth from the Hillsboro area.
WCYO fills an important void on the west side of the Portland metro area for youth desiring to play in an orchestral ensemble. Filled with a good mix of adult and youth players, WCYO encourages youth to play leadership roles within their section while also providing mentoring from seasoned adult players.
(Photos from the 2014 Winter Concert.)
The Westside Community & Youth Orchestra is overseen by a Board of Directors and operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Morgan Brown - Board Chair
Phyllis Warfield - Secretary
Michael Tinnesand - Public Relations & Marketing
Ann Simmons - Treasurer
Beverly Chase - Assistant Librarian
Sue Mehess - Librarian
Jeannine Bamberg - Poster & Program Designer
Alicja Wolak - Web Designer
Mark Iven - Member at Large
Laraine vonFeldt - Member at Large
About the Conductor
Collin G. Heade currently celebrates his 7th season as conductor of the Junior Symphony of Vancouver and 8th season as artistic director/conductor of the Westside Community & Youth Orchestra in Hillsboro (wcyo.org). He has led the Willamette Falls Symphony in concert, and serves as associate conductor. For eight seasons he was also was the artistic director/conductor for the North Oregon Coast Symphony. He as well has been a finalist for The American Prize in Orchestral Programming celebrating American excellence in the performing arts.
Collin has earnestly taken up composing and has written pieces for piano; bassoon; piccolo & tuba; a trio for flute, clarinet & double bass; a string quintet; two pieces for chamber orchestra & SATB choir; and three pieces for full orchestra. Earlier this year he finished a four movement work for piano trio, “the Tempestuous,” for violin, cello & piano. In April he finished “Five Nuances,” a Trio for Double Reeds & Harp. In September he finished a woodwind quintet entitled “A Day in A Life,” which includes five short movements exemplifying one’s activities. In October he finished his first piece for String Orchestra, ‘Expressions,’ in three movements, which will be premiered by MYS in May 2019. He is currently wrapping up a piece for Percussion Ensemble, entitled “Timepiece,” with three movements: Sundial, Moon-dial & Big Ben. Collin’s newly orchestral version of his chamber work “Amen” will be premiered Dec. 19 with WCYO. More information can be found on the Calendar & Compositions Page of his web site: PortlandCello.com.
He has attended Conductor Guild workshops with the Virginia, Baltimore and Norwalk Symphonies.
As a cellist Collin has performed as principal with the Oregon Chamber Players, Willamette Falls Symphony and the Oregon Arts Orchestra, with whom he has toured in Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague, Rome, Montecatini Terme, Venice, and most recently Spain and Portugal. He is also a member of the Oregon Chamber Players Quartet, performing with flute, oboe & viola.
Mr. Heade is a native Oregonian and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University. His principal teachers have included Tomas Svoboda and John Trudeau, orchestral; David Wilson, choral; Hamilton Cheifetz and Dorien de Léon,
Internationally renowned composer, the late Matt Doran, dedicated to him, “Three Movements for Cello & Piano.”
Mr. Heade teaches cello privately at his home studio in Portland and at the Valley Catholic Music School in Beaverton.
Collin enjoys his home life immensely with spouse Cameretta. His daughter, Julie, is an Industry Relations Specialist at Banfield Pet Hospital’s headquarters in Vancouver, WA