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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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August 30th, 2016

  • Image preview 6:00pm: Wind Symphony “Meet-and-Greet”
    The Music Department invites you to participate in Wind Symphony – open to ALL students regardless of your major. Join us for a Wind Symphony “meet-and-greet” in Evans Band Room. Food will be served! Come meet with Brett Paschal, director of our Wind Symphony Ensemble, and learn about the upcoming opportunities in music this year. 
  • Image preview 7:30pm: Orchestra “Meet-and-Greet”
    The Music Department invites you to participate in our orchestral program – open to ALL students regardless of your major. Join us for an Orchestra “meet-and-greet” in Evans Band Room. Food will be served! Come meet our orchestra conductor, Lance Inouye, and learn about the upcoming opportunities in orchestra this year. More information on the audition process and excerpts will be available. 

September 25th, 2016

  • Image preview 3:00pm: Portland Chamber Orchestra - The Spirit of Youth
    Portland Chamber Orchestra presents “The Spirit of Youth” at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 25, 2016 in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel. The first concert of PCO’s 70th season celebrates the constantly evolving, ever-changing, and yet forever optimistic spirit of youth.

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

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