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Music students at Lewis & Clark are singers and pianists, harpists and drummers, composers and performers, opera 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

October 16th, 2018

  • 7:30pm: John Scofield’s Combo 66
    The Lewis & Clark Department of Music invites PDX Jazz back to campus to present John Scofield’s Combo 66 with Vicente Archer, Gerald Clayton & Bill Stewart.

October 21st, 2018

October 27th, 2018

  • 8:00pm: Circuit Rider Trio
    The Lewis & Clark Department of Music invites PDX Jazz back to campus to present Circuit Rider Trio with Ron Miles, Bill Frisell and Brian Blade.

October 30th, 2018

November 2nd, 2018

  • 7:30pm: Sweeney Todd
    Sweeney Todd will mark a unique collaboration between the Lewis & Clark Music and Theatre Departments. This vocal performance is partially underwritten by the George V. Bishop Endowment fund
    until 7:30pm on November 10

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