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David Salkowski ’14, a Music Composition major and a Russian minor


David has been a superb student in all his courses, be they Russian, music, economics or statistics. David pursued his passions in music and Russian both inside and outside the classroom, through extracurricular activities and independent study.  In addition to being a Pamplin Scholar, David was deeply involved in Lewis & Clark Music and Russian programs’ activities, including a student-led a cappella group, a folk-rock band, the College choir, Wind symphony, the Russian Club and the Russian community summer research project. As an honors student of music, David combined his love of music and love of Russian by completing an honors research project on Arthur Lourie, a little-known Russian-born Jewish émigré composer, whose archive he studied in the New York City Public Library with the support of an LC SAAB grant. Not only did David translate Lourie’s documents from Russian and analyze both his music and personal writing, he made an excellent public presentation on his research topic and he gave it twice — at the traditional thesis presentation and also on All Classical Portland radio station. As a music composition major David gave  a full concert of his own music in the spring of 2014.

In the summer 2013 David worked as a research assistant with Prof. Osipovich investigating the history of Russian-speaking immigration in Oregon. Together, they created a website devoted to this little-known chapter of local history. David was responsible for researching the Russian-speaking Jewish immigration in Oregon. He examined primary sources at the Oregon Historical Society and the Oregon Jewish Museum, read secondary sources and interviewed people at local Jewish communities. In the end, he produced a scholarly survey article on the topic and he was instrumental in collecting information and designing other pages for this website. David also helped publicize the history of Russian-speaking immigrants in Oregon to a general audience by taking part in interviews about this work in the state’s daily newspaper, The Oregonian:

David plans to apply to graduate school in musicology in the near future, where he plans to work on Prokofiev, once again combining his academic passions. He says that Russian music, culture and language will always be an integral part of his academic interests.






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    Russian Program is located in Miller Center on the Undergraduate Campus.

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    Russian Section Head Tatiana Osipovich

    Russian Program

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