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Joyce White – Co–President & Secretary

I was born in Portland, OR. My mother was a very accomplished violin teacher, so I started playing the violin when I was four. (I could read music before I could read English). My main interest was always singing. When young, I would climb up in our cherry tree and sing and sing and sing–just knowing that the neighbors were loving it. I continued violin until college, switching then to voice lessons.

I discovered directing and fell in love with that. After receiving my degree from PSU, I took master conducting classes with a number of internationally renowned conductors.

I have been music director at a number of churches over the years. Because of my work with choirs (volunteers) I was hired by Tuality Healthcare to be their Volunteer Services Manager and filled that position until I retired.

I’ve played, sung or directed musical groups my whole life. I was one of the founding members of the Oregon Chorale and still enjoy singing with them.

As you can see, music has been very important in my life and I joined the Board of Directors with HCYC to try to enable kids to have access to the same type of musical opportunities I did; and hopefully, share the joy that is possible in life via music.

Carol Loughner  – Co–President

Carol grew up in Southern California where she was surrounded by the arts, everything from painting to piano. She started singing and taking piano lessons at an early age, because she wanted to perform in musicals. Alas she did not have the ear for it but a love of music was born.

She graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. and received a Master’s in Education from Stanford University before moving to Hillsboro, OR.

Carol served for 8 years on the Elementary School Board, was a “founding” teacher and later Principal of Hillsboro’s Alternative High School, M.E.C. and was Principal at Glencoe High School from 2000-2011.

Children of all ages and music are a natural “fit” and a love of Carol’s so it was an easy “yes” when founding HCYC Artistic Director Cindy Uecker asked her to join the HCYC Board in 2013. She is excited to be part of a non-profit that makes music such an enriching and vital focus for the youth of the community.

John Hortenstine – Treasurer

John joined the HCYC Board in September 2011 when the founder (Sharon Ziel) asked him if he thought it is important for young students to be exposed to music by belonging to a good quality organization of like-minded friends and adults. Considering John’s singing background it was an easy question to answer.

John has a long and varied background in music:

  • He has been a member of the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church Portland since August 1971.
  • Sang Barbershop with Rose City Close Harmony Men’s Chorus 1972-85.
  • Competed at international conventions: 1977 Philadelphia; 1978 Cincinnati; 1979 Minneapolis.

Education, Work & Memberships

  • Sunset High School
  • Oregon State University – BS Forest Products & MBA
  • 32 ½ years as a commercial/ industrial appraiser for Washington County Department of Assessment and Taxation
  • Hillsboro Lions Club since 1979
  • Hillsboro Optimist Club since 2005

An avid golfer with more than 45 years on the fairways under his belt, John has had three holes-in-one since turning 60.

Betty Adams

Betty Adams joined our HCYC Board in 2012 after a 27 year career as an Elementary School Music Specialist, voice teacher, and piano instructor.

She began her around-the-world life long choir journey at age 5 by joining her church’s 35+ voice Children’s Crusade Choir.  Participation in grade school city-wide choir May Festivals, high school choirs and musical productions, and band, University Singers and opera workshops, adult women’s choral ensembles, and 19 years singing with the Oregon Chorale has sparked and sustained her love of music. Fourteen years of her youth were spent exploring the possibility of becoming a ballerina by taking on-point lessons, and opening her own ballet and baton studio. She currently shares her joy for “The Arts” by volunteering at her church’s preschool as music instructor to 78 youngsters , using her Kodaly training, and also by heading up our HCYC Wardrobe department.

Interesting tidbit:  Betty’s twin grandsons (also her former elementary music students and choir members!) have enjoyed four years of growth and enrichment singing with HCYC.

Tom Tiernan

Tom moved to Hillsboro in 2005 from Cape Cod, MA where he lived for many years. He has owned small businesses worked as a real estate broker and investor as well doing stock market investing.

While he has always loved music he possesses not an ounce of musical ability but admires those that do. His tastes in music are eclectic: blues, rock, jazz, reggae, zydeco, classical, bluegrass, Motown, gospel and probably a few he’s forgotten to mention.

The ability to sing and play an instrument are what he considers two of the greatest gifts a person can have.

With his small business background Tom is here to support HCYC in continuing the fantastic work it’s been doing in nurturing the gift of singing in young people. He’s excited to be part of the group and looks forward to contributing in any way he can.

Jan Upton

Jan has always enjoyed music and has played the flute, guitar, piano and cello at different times in her life. She also volunteers with the Autism Service Dogs of America as a puppy coach. She helps train and socialize the dogs in getting ready to be placed in a home.