Our volunteer Board of Directors works hard to provide classical music to the public. Any of the Directors can be contacted by emailing
Shaun N. Christiansen, President
MPA, Founder of Worry in Order
Shaun N. Christiansen, MPA is a financial professional and founder of Worry In Order Prior to founding Worry In Order in 2016, Shaun spent three years as a representative of Northwestern Mutual and two years as a Managing Associate with MassMutual of Oregon. Shaun earned a B.S. in Sociology with minor in Legal History from Western Oregon University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oregon During graduate school Shaun interned in the Capitol Hill Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer, serving in the John C. Stennis Congressional Intern Program. A life-long Oregonian, Shaun is passionate about all styles of music and fascinated by the positive impact that rhythm and resonance can have on the human brain and psyche which brings about his enthusiasm to help expose classical music to all.
Al Niknabard, President Emeritus
Al Niknabard immigrated to United State in 1984 from Iran. He lived in Eugene, Oregon for 5 years and has been in Portland since 1990. He has been involved with parking, transportation and real estate asset management since his arrival in Portland. Al enjoys several different hobbies including playing music, sculpting, biking, motorcycles and occasional one-off artistic endeavors. Al works closely with clients from a variety of industries to achieve objectives outlined for each project. Having been involved in the business community through his work, Al has established many strong relationships in the community and is very familiar with Portland’s business and community objectives.
Lajos Balogh, Founder, Music Director Emeritus, Treasurer
Portland Festival Symphony
Lajos is the Founder and past Music Director of Portland Festival Symphony. He was born in Hungary and studied at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, as well as in Munich and Hamburg. Maestro Balogh has been an active member in Oregon’s classical orchestra community. He spent many years as Principal Second Violin with the Oregon Symphony and is a former member of both the Portland Opera Orchestra and the North Coast Chamber Orchestra. He was the founding Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and is a past faculty member at Marylhurst University.
Sophie Lund, Secretary
Sophia Lund, a musical enthusiast, artist and mother, first stepped into the world of music early on in life by learning clarinet and saxophone and later learned guitar. Most of Sophia’s professional career has been in the legal field. She first showed interest by volunteering with her local police department and later took on administrative roles for local attorneys. Currently a stay at home mom, Sophia is always looking for ways to expand her musical library and and knowledge.