Musicians & Staff
Wasan alabbasi // arabic translator, liaison
Wasan is a college student at Portland Community College. She is a refugee from Iraq and now lives in Beaverton. She is an activist and loves to help people.
MATTHEW CHAN // VIOLA // INSTRUCTOR
Matthew is a 15-year old freshman at Oregon Episcopal School. A violinist since age 5, Matthew developed an appreciation for the deeper sound of the viola two years ago an hasn't looked back since. He currently studies viola with Brian Quincey and has been a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic organization for three years. When not planing viola, Matthew enjoys competitive golf and basketball.
JAY CHOI // Viola
My name is Jay Choi and I am currently a senior at Clackamas High School. I have played the viola for 5 years and am currently studying under Brian Quincey. This year will be my third season in PYP. For me, music is a way to meet others. Through music, I have met my closest friends. By joining Olivenbaum, I hope to reach out and give others the same opportunities I was lucky enough to have.
Joseph folick // clarinet
Twenty-one-old Joseph Folwick began clarinet at age ten at Gilbert Heights Elementary School. At age fourteen he began his private studies with Dunja Jennings Marcum and at the same time participated in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. He would later win the Young Musician and Artist concerto competition as well as the Metropolitan Youth Symphony concerto competition. In 2016, he would be recognized as the winner of the OMEA state solo competition. In 2017 he would be selected as principal clarinet for the Oregon All-State Symphony Orchestra and the NAfME All-Northwest Symphony Orchestra.
Abigail Kim // Instructor //oboe
Abigail Kim, a junior attending Central Catholic High School, has been playing the oboe for seven years and has been studying the oboe with Karen Wagner. She has been a part of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony as a co-principal. She has attended Interlochen Arts Camp. When she is not playing the oboe, she enjoys spending time running for cross country and track, playing competitive volleyball, or playing the piano. She is an active member of the National Charity League for helping others in the community. She is a unique person who is adept in many aspects of music, art, and academics.
PAUL LEE // Instructor // VIOLIN
Paul Lee, 17, is a junior at Aloha High School. I have played both the piano and the violin for 9 years. I study with Paula Watt with the piano and Andrea Hawkins with the violin. I have been a member of the Portland Youth Pillaharmic association for 6 years. I enjoy playing music along with my brother for seniors and at my church. Music is not only a good way to help unite and reach out to people, but especially for me it’s a strong tool to glorify God and bless others. My hobbies include basketball, hiking, camping, being with friends and family, and listening to music.
Timothy LEE // Instructor // VIOLIN
My name is Timothy Lee and I am a sophomore at Aloha High School. I have been playing the violin for 9 years and I currently study with Andrea Hawkins. I have also been playing the piano for 7 years. Over the years, music has been a blessing in my life because I have been able to join the Portland Youth Philharmonic, serve at my church, and help others with my piano accompaniment. After having been doing homeschooling for 5 years, I have been enjoying public school life since last year. Some of my hobbies include reading and playing sports.
GRACE OH // Instructor // Media Specialist
Grace Oh is a senior at St. Stephens Academy. She has been playing the violin for 8 years and studies with Hae-Jin Kim. She is in her fourth season as a member of the PYP organization and has played in various ensemble festivals. She has performed on stage with the Pink Martini in 2015 and her favorite composer is Tchaikovsky. She has played in her school’s quartet for four years and plays for her church. Her hobbies are sketching/drawing which she won a silver key in the Scholastic Art Award in 2017 and an honorable mention in submitting artwork in the Dog Show Contest, singing in the school choir, and hanging out with friends.
Phoebe Yang // Violin // Instructor
Phoebe Yang, a sophomore at Lincoln High School, began playing the violin at age 6 and is currently under the instruction of Kathryn Gray. Phoebe is a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and has played with Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra and Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Through OLIVENBAUM, Phoebe hopes to help others better their lives with the power of music. Phoebe is also a John Hopkins SET alumni, a member of Lincoln High’s speech and debate team, and the runner-up in state for You Be The Chemist 2019. When not practicing violin, Phoebe enjoys spending her time reading National Geographic.
Support Staff // Tutors
Sunghoon Ryan Kim
Mohanad Al Ababbasi
Matthew Lee Noho