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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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January 26th, 2020

  • 3:00pm: If I Were a Bird...
    Mezzo-soprano Lisa Neher and pianist Stephanie Thompson perform art songs and solos exploring the human condition through the lens of birds on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3:00pm in Evans Auditorium.

February 7th, 2020

  • 7:30pm: (Anti)Valentine’s Concert
    Join us for an evening of music for lovers and haters! Friday, February 7, 2020 at 7:30pm in Evans Auditorium.

February 8th, 2020

  • All Day: Scholarship Audition Day
    The Lewis & Clark Department of Music presents its Scholarship Audition Day on Saturday, February 8, 2020 in Evans Music Center.

February 13th, 2020

  • 7:30pm: The Alexander String Quartet
    Please join us as Lewis & Clark College welcomes the Alexander String Quartet back to campus for an evening performance in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel.

February 22nd, 2020

  • 7:30pm: Senior Recital by Elsa Dougherty
    Lewis & Clark student, Elsa Dougherty presents her Senior Degree Recital on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:30pm in Evans Auditorium. This event is FREE to attend.

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