John L. Corbin
John Corban, equally adept on both piano and trumpet, maintains a private music studio in Gresham Oregon. A participant in area music events, he has also been active in the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
Corban started music study by taking piano lessons from his mother, Myrn. He also studied trumpet and became an accomplished performer on the instrument. While a student at Walla Walla College, now University, in the early 1980s, he was a first chair player in the college's bands.
Following graduation from WWC in 1984 with a B.A. in music, he completed requirements for teaching certification through Portland State University. He is a member of OMTA and has held various positions in the latter, serving as co-chair of the State Level X Honors Recitals and the OMTA State Syllabus Exams for Portland East, the latter for several years. He has also been an active participant in the Mt. Hood Festival.
His wife, Tanya, is a conservatory-trained musician from Russia. Although an accomplished musician, she is also qualified in business and holds a position in business management.
Corban has found private studio teaching to be particularly gratifying and enjoys working with highly motivated students and supportive parents. His students have achieved at a high level within OMTA's examination system and received numerous awards and scholarships.
Sources: Information provided by Myrn O'Brien Corban (mother), 3 May 2008; personal knowledge.