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Music students at Lewis & Clark are singers and pianists, harpists and drummers, theorists and performers, Wagner buffs, jazz musicians, and world music devotees. You’ll find them using Reason in the Electronic Music Studio, performing on the 9-foot Steinway concert grands in Evans Music Center, and studying Javanese court gamelan in ethnomusicology classes.


You’ll also find curious nonmajors taking courses like Jazz Appreciation and Music Fundamentals. Add our faculty members—a dynamic group of active performers, composers, and musicologists—and you have a robust, wide-ranging program devoted to the creation, appreciation and advancement of music in all its forms.

The Music Department at Lewis & Clark is unique in several ways: in addition to musicianship, literature, theory, and weekly lessons in their performance area, all our majors study conducting, instrumentation, and world music. We’re committed to the integration of Western and non-Western musics; our programs in musicology and ethnomusicology are exceptional, as are our programs in composition and performance.

From the Wind Ensemble to the Orchestra, raga and tala recitals to the Voces Auream, an opera composition to a thesis on Hindi film music, our students are creating, studying, performing, and researching music in ground-breaking, exciting ways.

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October 18th, 2015

  • 3:00pm: Portland Chamber Orchestra: “Northern Lights”
    The PCO’s opening program of the 2015/16 season offers a colorful palette straight from Scandinavia entitled “Northern Lights”. This concert celebrates the 150th anniversary of two towering Nordic composers, Danish composer Carl Nielsen and Finland’s Jean Sibelius. This program evokes the spirit and sound of the Nordic people with the virtuosic, folk-like Flute Concerto by Carl Nielsen performed by flute virtuoso Jessica Sindel.

October 21st, 2015

  • Image preview 7:30pm: Red Chamber Ensemble Concert
    The Lewis and Clark College Music Department, Office of Overseas and Off-Campus Programs, Office of the Dean, and East Asian Studies Department present the Red Chamber Ensemble in concert.

October 25th, 2015

October 27th, 2015

  • Image preview 8:00pm: James W. Rogers Concert - Raising Spirits
    The Lewis & Clark Department of Music presents its annual James W. Rogers Concert in memory of a beloved musical alumnus. This year’s theme will be Raising Spiritsfeaturing performances by Lewis & Clark faculty and students. Free admission with reception to follow performance. For more information, please call 503-768-7751.

October 28th, 2015

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