Musicians / Vocalists

Elizabeth Wisler – Eclectic Accordionist – Styles from 1850 to Current

Elizabeth Wisler – Eclectic Accordionist – All Styles and Genres, 1850 to Current and Music Around the World Elizabeth Wisler, accordionist, is native to Portland but has performed in Hawaii where she formerly lived. She has played the accordion since the age of seven and had been under the tutelage of Luigi Rangan for many years. Some of her credits include many local banquets, weddings and restaurants. Island hotel performances include MaunI Lani, Mauna Kea Beach, Kona Surf, Hyatt, and Hilo Lagoon. Elizabeth has made special appearances at several Italian and French restaurants in the Portland area as well as at the 1996 Italian Fiesta and Mt. Angel’s Oktoberfest since 2008. Elizabeth also worked as a musician in the orchestra pit for “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Pentacle Theater in Salem, Oregon from November 12, 2010 to December 4, 2010. Elizabeth has performed for over 30 Senior Care and Living Facilities in the Portland Metropolitan Area in Oregon. Currently, Elizabeth Wisler is part of the Port of Portland Musical Entertainment group and has been performing since 2009 at the Portland International Airport her “Music Around The World” repertoire to travelers from all parts of the globe. Her repertoire includes music from Italy, France, Spain, Latin America, Germany, Greece, and other countries. She plays classic jazz, vintage and popular music from the 1850s to the 1980s — including 50s and 60s Rock and Roll and 60s and 70s classic rock.  She performs light classical music and music to commemorate the holidays!  She has been a volunteer musician for the […]

Anthony Cirillo, Musician – Vocalist, From Sinatra to Sheeran

Anthony Cirillo, Guitarist - Vocalist - ( Anthony Cirillo fell into a mission for elders when he started performing in senior communities. And he still sings for seniors. He also does performances for all ages. With a repertoire of some 1,000 songs, Anthony can do a Mitch Miller sign-along, a Woodstock party, or move right into today with Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Kenny Chesney and any number of artists. It all started when he was 10 and his father decided that he should take guitar lessons. He had the idea they would go out and perform together. Well he hated the lessons of course and put the guitar aside. A year later his dad died and that guitar was beckoning. The passion has not subsided. He went from the bass player in the band to a full-fledged entertainer; at his peak performing nearly 200 shows a year for upwards of 20,000 people. He has been entertaining audiences since 1971. He has entertained in casinos and resorts, has one several Billboard songwriting awards, recorded in Nashville and has been featured in BMI writer showcases. He regularly entertains in local venues, clubs and cafes and is available for private functions as well. He can also MC your events. As a frequent contributor to Charlotte Today he will be a familiar face to many. You can find him on Amazon, CD Baby and iTunes. Anthony has 13 pre-recorded programs ready for you with more coming and you can schedule live stream events as well.

John Van Beek – A Heart for Seniors with Songs We Can’t Forget

John Van Beek – A Heart for Seniors and Songs We Can’t Forget During his 20-year stint in a retirement home maintenance department, John Van Beek came to the realization that he enjoyed performing music for the residents far better than snaking Depends out of the plumbing! Having been likened to a cross between Frank Sinatra and Fred Rogers, he aims to put listeners at ease with familiar music they may have grown up hearing around the house. A vocalist and guitarist, his classic pop tunes from the 1920s through early 1960s are performed 60 times a month (pre-pandemic) to rave reviews. John is busy in the Portland, Oregon metro area. Now you can catch some of his fun via ZOOM performances. “Whether we live in, work at, or manage a senior living community of any size, we all desire an atmosphere of joy, a fulfilling and stimulating activities lineup, and shared moments of connectedness,” says John. Music We Remember is the preferred provider for many adult care homes, memory care communities, assisted, and independent senior living situations across the Portland/Vancouver area.  

Gloria Hoffner – Creator of Science for Seniors and Guitar with Gloria

Gloria Hoffner – Creator of Science for Seniors and Guitar with Gloria ( Gloria Hoffner is the creator and owner of Science for Seniors, a nationally trademarked company presented in over 25 states and Canada since 2007. She is also the author of the books, Science for Seniors and Going Places in Northern Europe Armchair Adventures and Activities, both published by Idyll Arbor Inc. and workbooks More Science for Seniors and Brain Boosting Games. She earned a BA from Temple University and undergraduate credits in astrophysics from West Chester University, both located in Pennsylvania. She has Activity Director Certification by the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals; Activity Consultant Board Certified by the National Association of Activity Professionals and a Dementia Practitioner by the National Certification Council of Dementia Practitioners. Science for Seniors was the 2010 winner of the NCCAP first place Best Practice Award and the book Science for Seniors is the 2013 winner of the Mature Media Award of Merit. Gloria has pre-recorded science programs ready to go for you and can live stream as well.

Jessa Liversidge – Scottish Singer, Teacher, Creator “fieldsing”

Jessa Liversidge – Scottish Singer, Teacher, Creator “fieldsing” Jessa is a Scottish singer and singing leader based in North Yorkshire, UK. A versatile singer with a wide range of repertoire from classic pop (particular favourites include Carole King, The Carpenters and The Beatles) to musical theatre and traditional folk tunes, Jessa has taken her singing outside since March 2020, singing her weekly “fieldsing” with the real songbirds in all weathers. Whatever the venue or style of song, Jessa’s pure, heartfelt vocals and characterful storytelling are always popular with audiences. Jessa leads a selection of choirs and singing groups, all with an emphasis on singing for health, well-being, and fun! Using a loop pedal and pre-recorded tracks, Jessa is able to create a live online choir experience suitable for all abilities. Jessa’s love of singing is infectious and she can lead you through simple warm-ups, catchy rounds and partner songs and a selection of classic hits to help lift your spirits. Brought to you by Music for Dementia UK.

Grace Joy Reid – Stellar Pianist and Teacher, Composer, Arranger

Grace Joy Reid – Grace Joy Reid earned her Bachelor of Music Degree at Kansas State University, majoring in piano and minoring in violin, and studied piano with Dr. Robert Edwards, and studied piano performance with Lazlo Lak at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. She is a composer and arranger and has maintained a private piano studio for over twenty years. A member of the National League of American Pen Women, National Federation of Music Clubs, Woodbridge Music Club, and ASCAP. She is a regular pianist at local churches in Northern VA. She has completed her “Advanced Professional General Music Studies Certificate” from Berklee School of Music in the June of 2020. She has played her original compositions in Nursing Homes for over thirty years.

Benedict Heaney – Multi-instrumentalist, Vocalist, Teacher from Oxfordshire

Benedict Heaney & A professional multi-instrumentalist & vocalist from Oxfordshire delivering enthusiastically and overwhelmingly positively received performances for the broadest age range, across the spectrum of ability, needs and experience. Ben is constantly amazed that what started as a simple interest and enthusiasm for violin, prompted by the local violin teacher saying in school assembly, “hands up who wants to learn violin,” has been a constant in his career. He has been involved with music making for as long as he can remember, starting with violin lessons about aged 6 and within a couple of years piano and trumpet lessons too. He quickly became fully immersed in the local, county and then national youth music scene and continued his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. After graduating in 1993 with a special interest in electric violin he immersed himself in the music scene in Manchester and worked with the broadest range of musicians from a diverse cross-section of musical society. After successfully completing a PGCE course at the Manchester Metropolitan University he gained Qualified Teacher Status in 1998 and the following year moved to Abingdon working for Maestros (formerly the Berkshire Young Musician’s Trust). In 2001, he was offered a full-time teaching post at Cokethorpe School where he went on to become their Music Leader and Performing Arts Co-ordinator. Since 2014 he has launched his own company to publish educational resources and original music and work primarily as a self-employed musician serving the community across a very […]

Kate Schutt – Award-winning Songwriter, Singer, Guitarist; Tedx Speaker

Kate Schutt – Kate Schutt is an award-winning songwriter, singer, guitarist, and producer whose voice NPR calls “glassily clear and glossily sweet.” Kate studied the influence of jazz on poetry at Harvard, and studied jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music. Working with legendary producer/arranger Rob Mounsey, Kate just finished recording her new album, Bright Nowhere. It maps the landscape of loss around her mother’s diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer. Kate spent four years as her mom’s primary caregiver, along the way writing songs about life, loss, and (to use Christopher Hitchens’s potent phrase) “living dyingly.” Known for her authenticity and deep connection to her fans, Kate’s been blogging about this life/death experience from the start. Kate’s songs have won top honors from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and ASCAP. After nearly a decade living and making music in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, she now calls New York City home. The talk, “A Grief Casserole – How to help your friends & family through loss,” was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Her new album, Bright Nowhere, was just released in November. Kate continues to provide virtual concerts, songwriting lessons, life coaching and more. CONTACT:

Alan Mann – Pianist, Vocalist, Senior Entertainer from the U.K.

Alan Mann Alan Mann studied classical piano as a child, playing piano and singing songs from musicals with his mother. He remembers that one Christmas his Aunt and Uncle bought him a huge box of second hand Juke Box records. He thought this to be an unusual gift but these records introduced him to lots of different music and he played them for many years. At 15 he bought his first Roland electronic piano and started entertaining at the age of 17 when he joined his first pop covers band. Alan was entertaining in the Social Clubs and Miners Welfares in and around Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Living in Yorkshire became difficult so he re-located to Suffolk in the mid-eighties where after ten years working as an engineer he became a training instructor in the engineering sector. There he continued with his musical pastime playing piano with various bands entertaining at weddings and celebrations as well as working with a popular sixties band at theaters throughout East Anglia. In 2017, Alan Mann took an opportunity for early retirement and began singing as a solo artist entertaining in the Care Home settings. Here, Alan found that his musical talents were very much appreciated along with his easy-going friendly personality. Visiting the residential homes and spending time with residents and staff has given him a new direction in life, which he hopes to continue with for many years to come. During the pandemic Alan has continued to provide his entertainment by maintaining contact with […]

Nick DeMatteo – Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer & More…..

Nick DeMatteo – Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer & More….. A singer, songwriter, a film, stage, voice & commercial actor; multi-instrumentalist, music producer & recording engineer; podcaster, and a film director & producer – Nick lives to create and perform.  He was born in Philadelphia, PA, and raised in South Jersey’s famed Camden County.  He attended Rutgers University, where he majored in Acting & Music. In 2000, he moved to NYC, and has lived there ever since. He has three children, all of whom are totes awesome and brilliant and funny.