About




Established in 2004, Music by the Mountain presents world-class live classical music performances and school outreach in Siskiyou County.

Music by the Mountain is a non-profit organization committed to bringing extraordinary classical musicians to our rural, yet vibrant community and providing educational outreach for children and students of all ages. Music by the Mountain
has a vital board of local community leaders and is committed to sponsoring and cultivating world-class live classical music performances and education
in Siskiyou County.

In recognition, Music by the Mountain has been awarded multiple grants by the California Arts Council (Artists in Schools), the Siskiyou Arts Council, and the Shasta Regional Foundation.

Sally Porter-Munro (L); Laura Dahl (R)
Laura Dahl, Founder and Artistic Director
Laura Dahl is an accomplished classical pianist who has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, and at music festivals in the United States and abroad. Currently, she is a member of the music faculty at Stanford University, where she teaches collaborative and solo piano, chamber music, and art song interpretation.

Sally Porter-Munro, Founder
Sally Porter-Munro is a Mezzo Soprano with roots in London, England. In the United States she has sung with the San Francisco Opera, Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra, and the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra to name a few. She also is an established teacher of the Alexander method and a teacher at the San Francisco
Girls’ Chorus.


Please see our Founders page for more information about Music by the Mountain's co-founders,
Laura Dahl and Sally Porter-Munro


Music by the Mountain Board of Directors:

Michael Wright, President
Michael Wright taught music at Dunsmuir Elementary School for 40 years. He is currently retired, but still plays
trombone with the College of the Siskiyous (COS) Band and sings with the COS Concert Choir.
In addition, he organizes and directs the Dunsmuir Community Christmas Choir each year.

Ray Huston, Vice President
Ray Huston is a retired teacher and counselor from Mount Shasta High School. He has lived in Siskiyou County for 45 years.
“Have loved and played music for most of my life.”

Ted Swartz, Treasurer
Ted Swartz is a long time MBM board member. He is passionate about classical music and supports all efforts
to bring extraordinary performances to our area. 

Sally Collord Johansson, Board Member
Sally Collord Johansson is a pianist and classical organist based in Siskiyou County. 
She organizes local Chamber Music musicians for private concerts and public noontime concerts.

Jean Marie Sylwanowicz, Board Member
Known simply as Jean Marie in Siskiyou County, she is a local piano accompanist working at The College of the Siskiyous
and Sisson Elementary School. She has taught piano for over 25 years and ukulele camps and classes
for the last five.

Stephanie Wander, Board Member
Stephanie Wander is our newest board member. Along with ties to Mount Shasta for over 16 years, she works as an
office manager at Electro-Guard, Inc. She loves classical music and is devoted to bringing music education to our
schools and community.

Dr. Scott Durbin, Board Member
"Weed resident, retired chiropractor and multi-talented musician, Scott joins the board with experience,
ideas and enthusiasm."