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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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February 13th, 2016

February 14th, 2016

February 28th, 2016

  • Image preview 7:30pm: Orchestra Concert
    The Lewis & Clark Orchestra presents its first concert of the spring semester featuring the winner of the 2015 Lewis & Clark Concerto Competition. Works by Mozart and Elgar will be featured.

March 12th, 2016

  • 7:30pm: Iris Shanks: Senior Vocal Recital
    Iris Shanks, soprano, presents her Senior vocal recital, “Did I Sing Too Loud?,” which will feature musical representations of women in Western vocal music, including pieces by Barbara Strozzi and Germaine Tailleferre and the poetry of Emily Dickinson.
  • 7:30pm: Khyal: The Art of Raga Singing
    Khyal: The Art of Raga Singing with Lewis & Clark Music Department Instructor of Hindustani Vocal Music, Michael Stirling.

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