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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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February 19th, 2019

  • Frederick Lifsitz, violin; Paul Yarbrough, viola; Zakarias Grafilo, violin; Sandy Wilson, cello 7:30pm: Alexander String Quartet Performance
    Throughout nearly 40 years, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of four continents, securing its standing among the world’s premier ensembles.

February 23rd, 2019

  •   7:30pm: Celebrity Organ Series: Philip Scriven
    Widely regarded as one of the finest organists of his generation, Philip Scriven visits Lewis & Clark College for an evening performance in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

March 3rd, 2019

  • 7:30pm: Lewis & Clark Orchestra Concert
    The Lewis & Clark Orchestra presents its first concert of the spring 2019 semester featuring the winners of the 2018 Lewis & Clark Concerto Competition: Sara Jane Maass, Elsa Dougherty, and Casey Yamamura.

March 8th, 2019

  • 7:30pm: Friends of Rain Concert
    The Lewis & Clark College Faculty Chamber Players presents its annual Friends of Rain new music concert on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel. LIVE STREAMED EVENT

March 10th, 2019

  • 7:30pm: Senior Recital: Braden Johnson
    The Lewis & Clark Department of Music presents Prometheus Unbound: The Music of Wayne Shorter, a Senior Degree Recital by Braden Johnson on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel.

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