Martin Sobelman was a Music Specialist for the Salem-Keizer School District, teaching elementary general music, elementary choirs, and elementary and secondary band, retiring in July 2012. Prior to that, he taught music at Napier Boys’ High School in Napier, New Zealand for three years, and conducted the Napier Technical Memorial Band, a community group of musicians ranging in age from 15 to 80 years of age! He was the Choir Director of the Morningside United Methodist Church in Salem, Oregon from 2000-2008. He was a teacher of Instrumental and Vocal Music at Half Moon Bay High School, Woodside Elementary and High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area for 7 years, and also taught music for ten years in schools in Fresno and Madera Counties in California. He was very active in the Pacific Spindrift Players, and the Coastside Repertory theater groups as musical director and pit musician for many productions from 1988-1995.
Mr. Sobelman earned an AB Degree from the University of California, Berkeley, completed graduate studies in Conducting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Orff Shulwerk Level I and II studies at the University of Memphis. He studied conducting with Maestros Michael Senturia and Ronald Ondrejka. He maintains a private studio for clarinet, saxophone, bassoon and recorder students, and is an active performer in chamber, orchestral, windband, big band, and theater music in the Pacific Northwest. He became director of the Beaverton Community Band in 2014, and he has the best wife, two wonderful daughters and four cool grandchildren!