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Aaron Myer ‘95

February 01, 2006

Aaron W. Meyer, who made his stage debut as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 11, combines classical, world, and popular music in a blend often called classical crossover. He has performed at two World Peace Conferences, for the Dalai Lama, in Thailand to raise money for tsunami relief, and with orchestras and ballet companies as well as artists such as Smokey Robinson and the group Everclear.

Following studies with Luis Biava, associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Yuval Yaron, a student of Jascha Heifetz, Meyer graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a bachelor’s degree in natural science and earned an M.Ed. from Portland State University. His commitment to music education in the public schools resulted in the Classroom Music Project (CMP), now in its sixth season. Meyer’s artistin- residence program, supported by the Portland Schools Foundation, takes cross-discipline academic curricula, music composition, cuttingedge recording technology, production, and performance to elementary and middle school students.

In collaboration with recording artist, producer, and composer Bill Lamb ’88, Meyer has also released four albums. Two more are due out this November. The pair and their eight-piece band have performed a full concert of their music with the Oregon Symphony and were commissioned by Lewis & Clark College to compose the sound track for a 13-hour Oregon Public Broadcasting radio series, Unfinished Journey: The Lewis and Clark Expedition, which airs this month.

Meyer resides in Portland with his wife, Renee, and her son, Parker.