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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 10th, 2016

  • Image preview 7:00pm: Dr. Dawn Norfleet - Performance
    Join us on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 7pm in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel as Los Angeles-based flutist, vocalist and composer, Dr. Dawn Norfleet presents a duo jazz concert of her original compositions and arrangements.

October 11th, 2016

  • Image preview 10:20am - 11:20am: Dr. Dawn Norfleet - Lecture
    The Department of Music and Exploration and Discovery invite the Lewis & Clark community to join us as Dr. Norfleet gives a lecture and presentation on Black music and social justice from a historical and cultural perspective.

October 14th, 2016

  • Image preview 7:30pm: Faculty Chamber Players

    Lewis & Clark Music Department invites you to attend our Faculty Chamber Players concert on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7:30pm in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel. The concert will include a wonderful new work for viola and piano by Lewis & Clark composer and Music Department Chair, Michael Johanson, Brahms’ famous piano trio in B major, and Schubert’s colossal cello quintet. LIVE STREAMED EVENT

October 17th, 2016

  • Image preview 7:30pm: Emily Cole & Garret Ross in Recital
    Violinist Emily Cole, Lewis & Clark adjunct instructor of violin, and Minneapolis-based pianist, Garret Ross perform sonatas of W.A. Mozart and R. Strauss. They will be joined by Oregon Symphony violinist, Shin-Young Kwon for Martinu’s rarely-performed Sonata for Two Violins and Piano.

October 23rd, 2016

  • Image preview 7:30pm: Orchestra Concert
    Join us as the Lewis & Clark Orchestra presents its first concert of the fall semester directed by Lance Inouye. The Orchestra will perform works by Saint-Saens, Gliere, Marquez, Bernstein and Elgar. Join us on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 7:30pm in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel. LIVE STREAMED EVENT

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