Canby Music Store welcomes new talent

Canby MusicCanby’s local source for the sale and hire of instruments, supplies and lessons, has recently expanded its stable of musical talent and instruction with the addition of Christian Engerman and Lana Szenasi.

Like many budding young musicians, Engerman got his start in school, albeit at a younger age than most.

“I started playing the violin when I was 5 years old,” Engerman said.

Engerman grew up in tiny Two Rivers Farm School, a private nonprofit institution based in Aurora where students must learn to play one of three instruments: violin, harp, or cello.

He chose the violin – arguably the most difficult of the three to learn, or any other instrument – ​​and over the next decade learned to play from Vivaldi, Bach, Tchaikovsky and others.

“For the first 10 years of my life, I only played classical music over and over again,” he said with a laugh. “It had become quite stale, so after I graduated and went to Molalla High, I quit for a while. free sort.

He eventually joined the school’s wind and jazz ensemble at the request of his friends, finding new forms of music that did not have wrote 400 years ago, and rediscovered the joy of playing music for himself.

Thanks to his kung fu instructor at Balance & Harmony yoga studio in Canby, who also taught guitar, Engerman began branching out into the new instrument – ​​and even newer forms of music.

He connected with Canby Music owner Brian Haines after graduation while looking for work, and the two clicked. Engerman joined the team in May 2021 and teaches violin, guitar, piano, drums and ukulele.

At the same time, he studied music recording at Clackamas Community College and experimented with writing and producing his own songs. And he learns a lot about one particular aspect of the music business: instrument repair.

“Obviously, being a musician, instruments break,” he said. “And the strings break. I actually didn’t know how to change a string on my violin until I started working here. I always took it somewhere to get it fixed, and I felt guilty. I was like, ‘I should probably know how to do this myself.’ »

Szenasi also began his musical career at school, although in a very different area of ​​the orchestra. His first instrument was the trumpet in seventh grade at Baker Prairie Middle School.

She studied with the group’s new instructor, Nick Luchterhand, who, coincidentally, would join the high school staff at the same time Szenasi was entering first grade.

“It started when I started, it changed when I changed,” she said. “So it’s really cool that for six years of my musical career, I can have a teacher throughout your school career.”

At first, it didn’t necessarily appear that Szenasi and her chosen instrument were going to be a heavenly marriage, but that would soon change.

“Honestly, I wasn’t really into it in college,” she said. “I thought it would be easier than art class. But then I got into high school and all of a sudden this drive hit me. I realized, “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

Although she enjoys playing in a band or ensemble, she has come to discover that teaching is one of her greatest passions.

“There’s just something about learning a new piece and playing it for the first time, especially in a group,” she said. “That’s where I’m really in my happy place. But I also love passing that on to a community of kids who want to learn. They’re sort of equal puzzle pieces that both bring joy.

This passion makes her a particularly good candidate at Canby Music.

“I feel like it’s just the perfect place for me,” she said. “I love it so much here. Being able to teach music to children is exactly where I feel the most comfortable.

Szenasi is also a college student studying music education at Portland State University. She teaches trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, saxophone, flute, clarinet and piano.

She encourages anyone interested in music or learning an instrument to stop by and see what she has to offer.

“It’s party time here,” she laughs.

“Come learn something,” Engerman agreed. “The instruments are fun; the music is awesome.

Canby Music is located at 590 NW 1st Avenue. For more information, call 503-263-2263 or visit

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