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
Rebecca Schuch - Web Designer
Mark Iven - Member at Large
Laraine vonFeldt - Member at Large
About the Conductor
Collin G. Heade currently celebrates his 6th season as conductor of the Junior Symphony of Vancouver and 7th season as artistic director/conductor of the Westside Community & Youth Orchestra in Hillsboro. 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 solo piano; bassoon and piano; duet for piccolo and tuba; a trio for flute, clarinet and double bass; a string quintet; two pieces for SATB choir with solo instruments flute, violin, cello, trumpet, tuba, piano and percussion; and two pieces for full orchestra. Collin is currently working on adding two more movements to his piano trio, “the Tempestuous.” More information can be found on the 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 and Venice. 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. One of his students recently performed with a U.S. Honors orchestra that performed in Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.
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.