January 8, 2016
Niel DePonte is the Principal Percussionist of the Oregon Symphony, a position he has held since 1977. He was nominated in 2003 for a Grammy in the category Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra with James DePreist and the Oregon Symphony.
Niel was born in New York City and attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he earned a Master of Music degree and the Performer’s Certificate. He holds a certificate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Professional Development Seminar, The Project Zero Classroom, and a degree in music education from the State University of New York. His conducting teachers include Leonard Bernstein, Lawrence Leighton Smith, and Helmut Rilling among others.
Conductor, composer, arranger, and performer, Niel is music director and conductor for Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) and artistic director of the annual Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Concerto Competition in Portland. He is President of MetroArts Inc, a non-profit arts education organization he founded in 1993. Niel has also taught at Harvard University’s seminar for educators, The Project Zero Classroom, and consults on arts education with school districts across Oregon.
January 6, 2016
December 17, 2015
Darius is an award-winning actor based in Portland, where he moved after growing up in South Florida and attending Brown University. He is a member of Third Rail Repertory Theatre and a co-founder of the Anonymous Theatre Company. Darius has… Read more »
This is the kind of publicity we really love! Kids helping kids! The students in the radio program at Benson High School recorded this public service announcement for KBPS about our 2016 Celebrity Spelling Bee. Give it a listen…
December 15, 2015
Fred Meyer Stores is the presenting sponsor of the Schoolhouse Supplies Celebrity Spelling Bee this year. Fred Meyer’s presenting sponsorship is the retailer’s most recent demonstration of support for Schoolhouse Supplies. Fred Meyer Stores was a founding partner of School… Read more »
December 11, 2015
Looking for the perfect gift for the spelling bee enthusiast in your life? Or eight to ten of your word-houndiest friends? You’re in luck! Tickets to Portland’s hottest orthographic event of the year, the Schoolhouse Supplies Celebrity Spelling Bee, presented… Read more »
October 29, 2015
Mark your calendars, Celebrity Spelling Bee fans! We have a date: Thursday, February 11, 2016. Watch this space for sneak peeks of auction items and Celebrity Spellers! Want more information? See our Celebrity Spelling Bee events page!
February 4, 2014
February 20, 2013
Well the words have all been spelt. Donations of generous proportions have been made. And a champion, re-crowned. Our OnPoint Community Credit Union presented by Comcast is officially over. And as the confetti finally begins to settle, it’s now time… Read more »
by the PEMCO Insurance WALLY Event Team Behind the oversized sunglasses, feathery boas and giant scissor props at the PEMCO photo booth, it was hard to tell the trouble-makers apart from the A students at the annual OnPoint Community Credit… Read more »
January 31, 2013
It’s January 31st and that means it’s finally here – the OnPoint Community Credit Union Celebrity Spelling Bee! Here’s a final look into the local celebrities who will be taking the stage tonight in hopes of becoming Portland’s next Spelling… Read more »