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FAQs for Prospective Students

Welcome to Lewis & Clark College’s Department of Music! There are many opportunities for students interested in music, and you do not need to be a major in order to enroll. Majors are advised to visit the Music Major Requirements page.

 

Can I be in an ensemble even if I’m not a music major? How do I sign up?

Yes! Everyone is welcome! Please visit our Ensembles page for more information about how to sign up.

Can I take private lessons even if I’m not a music major? How do I sign up?

Yes! Everyone is welcome! Please visit our Lessons page for more information about how to sign up. Please note that there’s a fee for non-music majors, unless you have a music scholarship. The fee is $550 per semester (the going rate in Portland) for 10 1-hour lessons or 13 45-minute lessons. But if you have a music scholarship of become a music major, lessons are free! Click here for information about the music scholarship, and here for information about the music major.

How much background do I need in order to be in one of Lewis & Clark’s choirs?

You can learn all about our choirs, requirements, and rehearsal schedules here!

Do I need to register in advance for ensembles and lessons?

Yes please, except for the ensembles or lessons that require placement with a particular ensemble or teacher (choirs, piano lessons, voice lessons, chamber music, etc). For choir, please attend the Meet & Greet on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 5pm in Evans Auditorium to sign up for your audition time. For piano lessons, email Susan Smith. For voice, email Susan McBerry. For chamber music, email Nancy Ives.

Do I have to be an advanced player to sign up for chamber music?

To play chamber music, your skills on your instrument have to be strong enough to allow you to listen to and interact with other musicians, but if you have played in band or orchestra you can do chamber music! If you are a pianist and have taken lessons at Lewis & Clark, your teacher could tell you if chamber music would be a good fit for you. Please be aware that participation in the class is contingent on finding other musicians with compatible skills and instruments, but we will always try to find a group for every interested musician.

Can I sign up for chamber music even though I don’t have a group already formed?

Yes! There is no guarantee, but we can usually put together a group of musicians with compatible skill levels who play instruments for which there is good quality music available. Contact Nancy Ives for more information.

Do I need to be a music major or minor to participate in Wind Symphony?

No! Wind Symphony is open to all Lewis & Clark students, alum, and the community. Please set up a meeting with Brett EE Paschal to discuss your previous experience and how you will fit into the ensemble. 

Do you have instruments available to check out?

Yes! Please email Brett EE Paschal to discuss what we have.

Do I need to be a music major or minor to participate in Percussion Ensemble?

No! Percussion Ensemble is open to all Lewis & Clark students, alum, and the community. Please set up a meeting with Brett EE Paschal to discuss your previous experience and how you will fit into the group.

How do I go about gaining access to percussion equipment or percussion practice rooms?

Lewis & Clark percussion equipment and practice room availability is restricted to students enrolled in private percussion lessons, Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Jazz Combos, and Percussion Ensemble, or with special permission by Brett EE Paschal.

Can I store my drum set in the music building?

Unfortunately, no. Our space is very limited in the Evans Music Center.

What are the prerequisites for organ study at Lewis & Clark?

It is essential that organ students be able to play at the level of a pianist who is comfortable with the Bach Anna Magdalena collection. Organ students must also purchase organ shoes through www.organmastershoes.com as well as a handful of textbooks, assigned by the teacher.

Tell me about the pipe organs at Lewis & Clark.

The College is the home to two excellent pipe organs by world-famous Canadian organ-building firms Casavant and Karl Wilhelm. The Casavant organ finds its home in the College’s Agnes Flanagan Chapel, where it hangs from the ceiling of the roof, and the Wilhelm organ, a tracker with very sensitive key action, is housed in a practice room in the Evans Music Center.

What are the organ performance opportunities at the College and in the city?

Organ students at Lewis & Clark have the opportunity to play for occasional services and concerts in the chapel, and, in addition, they may elect to seek employment in a wide range of churches in the Portland metro region.

Can I borrow an instrument from the College?

Yes! Please email Brett EE Paschal to discuss what we have.

Do I have to be a music student to get a scholarship?

No! Some scholarships are available to all Lewis & Clark students, regardless of major, and others are available only to declared music majors. See here for more information regarding music scholarships.

 

Have a question, but you don’t see it listed here? Feel free to ask!
You can reach us by phone at (503) 768-7460 or by emailing music@lclark.edu.