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  • Prof. FitzGibbon February 21
    Katherine FitzGibbon secured a $6,350 Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) for a recent Resonance Ensemble production.
  • Eleonora Beck May 2
    Eleonora Beck, James W. Rogers Professor of Music, recently published her third book, Boccaccio and the Invention of Musical Narrative, with European Press Academic Publishing.
  • Katherine FitzGibbon April 29
    Lewis & Clark Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities Katherine FitzGibbon was named the recipient of the 2019 Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal by Chorus America for her work as artistic director of Resonance Ensemble.
  • Katherine FitzGibbon February 23
    Recently, The Oregonian spotlighted Lewis & Clark Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Katherine FitzGibbon and her work on social justice through choral music.
  • December 1
    Lewis & Clark music faculty member, Jazz Pianist Randy Porter, has received a Grammy nomination for his album Porter Plays Porter With Nancy King. This project is a mix of swing, harmony, and lyrical adventure, featuring Portland vocalist and two-time Grammy nominee Nancy King.
  • January 20
    Department Chair and Associate Professor of Music Michael Johanson has been selected for an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Distinguished Composer of the Year Award for his work Three Moods for Viola and Piano.
  • Back row, left to right: Brett Paschal, Susan Nunes, Susan Smith, Kathy FitzGibbon, and Jeff Leon... March 24
    Several faculty and staff members of the Music Department wore matching “Love Wins” t-shirts last month to support James W. Rogers Professor of Music Eleonora Beck’s fight to win Italian citizenship for her daughter.
  • February 10
    Dr. Eleonora Beck, James W. Rogers Professor of Music, has been selected to participate in a week-long seminar on Teaching European Art in Context.
  • February 4

    Assistant Professor of Music Lance Inouye has been named a winner of the thirteenth annual International Conductors Workshop and Competition, held January 15-18, 2016, in Spring Hill, Georgia.

    Sixteen participants representing Hong Kong, China, Xalapa, Mexico, Pihtipudas, Finland, Chinandega, Nicaragua, Yilon, Taiwan, Mexico City, Mexico, and Indiana, California, Arizona, New York, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia, conducted the professional ICWC orchestra on a culminating free concert on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in works by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Barber, Mendelssohn, Verdi, and Johann Strauss, Jr.

    The conductors participated in seven rehearsals during the four day workshop which has become one of the most well-known and highly regarded conductor training programs in the nation. Maestro Adrian Gnam, director of the ICWC, said, “I was really excited about this group of conductors. They have already shown great potential as conductors from the orchestras which they have conducted. This concert was absolutely wonderful, and it showed the progress the conductors made in such a short time.” 

    The other two winners, in addition to Dr. Inouye, were Sergey Bogza, originally from Taganrog, Russia now conducting in St. Cloud, Minnesota; and H. Lok Kim, originally from Seoul, South Korea who now conducts the Covenant Academy Orchestra in Ringgold, Georgia.

    The conductors were led through intense instruction on orchestral conducting technique, rehearsal procedure and musical preparation of standard repertoire for full symphony orchestra. As part of his award, Dr. Inouye will be invited to guest conduct in Georgia next year. 

  • January 15
    Lewis & Clark has 3 phenomenal choirs, and they will be having auditions during Add-Drop period. The auditions are painless, with nothing to prepare. Email Professor Kathy FitzGibbon at to set up your audition. Choirs are 1-credit classes, and regardless of whether you have tons of experience or are brand-new to singing, we have a place for you! 
  • September 22
    The Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra launches the season with an exciting all-Tchaikovsky program, featuring Lewis & Clark College Music’s Susan DeWitt Smith playing the mighty Piano Concerto No. 1.
  • September 21
  • August 3

    Associate Professor of Music, and Director of Composition and Music Theory Michael Johanson named composer of the year by Oregon Music Teacher’s Association

  • Welcome to Oahu! April 22
    Cappella Nova and LC Orchestra members travel to Hawaii for a spring break music tour in 2015.
  • February 10
    The stunning paintings of Rosemarie Beck, daughter of Hungarian Jewish immigrants and aunt of Lewis & Clark Professor of Music Nora Beck, will be displayed at Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall concurrently with her drawings at Helzer Art Gallery at Portland Community College, Rock Creek, and her embroideries at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

    A symposium at Portland State University will take place on March 5 at which Nora Beck will deliver a paper entitled “The Greenest Meadow of a Minuet.” Rosemarie Beck was a fine violinist and included images of string players in her paintings.
  • Abigail Press BA ’12 October 30
    Abigail Press BA ’12, an electronic musician, reflects on months spent recording and performing throughout Europe.
  • June 12
    Lewis & Clark Cappella Nova and Community Chorale will be featured on AllClassical radio 89.9 FM on the episode of “Played in Oregon” airing on Sunday, June 15th, at 1 p.m. You may also listen from afar at
  • Catherine Sergeant BA ’70, M.A.T. ’75. Photo courtesy of the Madras Pioneer. March 10
    Catherine Sergeant BA ’70, M.A.T. ’75 has been named Librarian of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. Sergeant is head librarian of the Jefferson County School District, which consists of six school libraries.
  • March 5

    Kristina Dill ’15 began exploring her passion for science and music at a young age. She picked up her first violin at age three and took her first chemistry class at Lewis & Clark when she was just 15.

  • Marianna Ritchey BA ’99 and Katy Davidson BA ’99. February 19
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities Marianna Ritchey BA ’99 recently collaborated with Katy Davidson BA ’99 to write a theme song for Rookie magazine that captures the publication’s mission of empowering teenage girls. The result is “Go Forth, Feminist Warriors,” a triumphant anthem that includes the talents of more than a dozen musicians.
  • January 21
    Do you a play woodwind, brass or percussion instrument? Do you miss playing in your high school band? Then come join the LC Wind Symphony! Students from ALL areas of study welcome, you don’t need to be a music major! Wind Symphony meets Tues/Thurs 6:00 - 7:15 pm. Learn more about Wind Symphony or contact Jeff Peyton, Director of Bands.
  • January 21
    Join the Lewis & Clark Orchestra!! Meets twice a week Tues/Thurs evenings from 7:30-9:00pm. We will be performing works with soloists as well as with the Lewis & Clark community Chorale. Learn more about LC Orchestra or contact conductor, Lance Inouye.
  • Instructor in Music Lance Inouye August 1
    Get to know Instructor in Music Lance Inouye.
  • March 4
    Portland has a rich contemporary music scene, and professor Michael Johanson strives to connect his students to it as often as possible. This spring, he has invited students and community members to attend several performances of his compositions throughout the city.
  • November 28
    Lewis & Clark has renewed its connection with the prestigious Portland Chamber Orchestra, bringing world-class music to campus once again.
  • Eddie Barksdale ’13 November 20
    Eddie Barksdale ’13 recently won a musical theatre competition hosted by the Oregon State Cascade Chapter of National Association of Teachers of Singing.
  • November 14
    Last month, Nora Beck, James W. Rogers Professor of Music, was inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame in a special black tie ceremony. 
  • Cara Tomlinson, associate professor of art, works with students September 19
    Experience collaboration, critical thinking, and creative expression at their best.
  • The Martha Washington Hotel is the subject of a documentary by alumni filmmakers. August 7
    The Mission Theater in Portland will be screening a documentary by alumni Dana Plautz ‘82 and Miles Sprietsma ‘07. The film is about the Martha Washington, the first women’s boarding house in Portland, Oregon. Other alumni collaborations include music by Nik Walton ‘10 and flute by Leslie Simmons ‘13.
  • May 22
    Called a “true Renaissance man,” Ethan Allred ’12 is the winner of the 2012 Rena J. Ratte Award, the undergraduate college’s highest academic honor. The award recognizes excellence in scholastic, intellectual, and creative achievements, and is presented during the undergraduate Honors Convocation ceremony preceding commencement in May.