About Us

MUSICA MAESTRALE, a Portland-based early music ensemble, brings together local musicians with national and international reputations to perform the exquisite, varied repertoire from between the 16th and 18th-centuries. Using only historically accurate instruments, Musica Maestrale explores the tone, depth, and character of the quieter, temperamental renaissance and baroque instruments, and aims to provide a more intimate musical experience than that of the modern orchestral concert.

Hideki Yamaya, Artistic Director
Hideki Yamaya

Hideki Yamaya, based in Portland, Oregon, is a lutenist and guitarist who actively teaches and performs all over the West Coast. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied with Robert Strizich, and an M.F.A. in Guitar and Lute Performance from University of California, Irvine, where he studied with John Schneiderman. He also studied with James Tyler at University of Southern California and with Paul Beier at Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan, Italy. He has had master classes with the foremost guitarists and lutenists of today, including Robert Barto, Victor Coelho, David Dolata, Ronn McFarlane, Richard Savino, Stephen Stubbs, David Tanenbaum, Scott Tennant, and Benjamin Verdery. In demand both as a soloist and as a continuo/chamber player, Hideki has performed with and for Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Opera, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Baroque Northwest, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, L.A. Master Chorale, California Bach Society, and Astoria Music Festival, and is the artistic director for Musica Maestrale, an early music collective based in Portland. He is an internationally acclaimed musician and has performed in Canada, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and Italy.

Carol Shepherd, Executive Director
Carol Shepherd

Carol brings to Musica Maestrale over 20 years experience working with various non-profit and arts organizations as managing director, artistic administrator, personnel manager, production manager, grant writer, board member and performer.  She currently serves on the boards of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Clatsop County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Chorale, and serves on the Oregon Pilot Team for the Building Public Will for Culture & Arts national project.   Among the organizations she has been involved with are the Astoria Music Festival, Columbia River Maritime Museum, Tempo Gallery, Hillsboro Community Arts, Oregon Symphonic Band, Oregon Brass Society, Oregon Chorale, Portland Camerata, Eugene Symphonic Band, Cascadia Concert Opera and Columbia River Symphony.  She currently performs with several ensembles on French horn, tenor horn, trumpet, and voice.  Carol graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Finance and Business Management.   She shares her time between her homes in Portland and on the Oregon Coast, where she enjoys spending time with family.

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