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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 grand 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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Events

January 19th, 2018

  • Image preview 7:30pm: Celebrity Organ Series: Jonathan Dimmock
    Our 2nd annual Celebrity Organ Series is back! Please join us as we welcome concert organist, Jonathan Dimmock to Lewis & Clark College. Mr. Dimmock will be performing on our renowned Casavant organ in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel. This concert is FREE and open to the public.

February 3rd, 2018

  • Image preview 4:30pm: Kalakendra Presents: Nrityotsava 2018
    Kalakendra Performing Arts presents Nrityotsava 2018: An evening of Indian classical and folk dances featuring performers from the greater Portland area. Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 4:30pm in Evans Auditorium.

February 9th, 2018

  • Image preview 7:30pm: (Anti)Valentine’s Concert
    We present our 10th annual (Anti)Valentine’s concert, in which the Lewis & Clark choirs and a cappella groups present humorous and poignant music for lovers and haters. Featuring Cappella Nova, Community Chorale, Voces Auream, Kith & Kin, Section Line Drive, the Merry Weathers, and Semper. Katherine FitzGibbon and Brandon Brack, conductors. LIVE STREAMED EVENT

February 10th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Scholarship Day
    Scholarship Day is when prospective students come to Lewis & Clark and perform a brief audition to demonstrate their musical talents. The students then undergo consideration by faculty members to determine if they are eligible for a music scholarship.

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