Born in Portland in 1917, renowned composer Lou Harrison defied convention, embracing non-Western music, advocating gay rights and environmentalism and pursuing melodic beauty along with musical innovation throughout his colorful career.  Join the Portland State...
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New Pearls / Sense of Place

We're proud to present two of the most spirited and memorable concerts of the season, the Fear No Music Ensemble in New Pearls from the Antilles on May 19, complemented by local colleagues in Sense of Place on May 20. The first concert celebrates Cuban art music, and...
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Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra

On May 12th and 14th, the PCSO, directed by Steven Byess, will present the winner of the first annual PCSO/Cascadia Composers Competition, Gloriana by David Bernstein. The orchestra also performs evocative and powerful works by the French Impressionist composer Claude...
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Cascadia Composers is one of the state´s most valuable artistic entities.

Brett Campbell

Oregon ArtsWatch

If you’re accustomed to thinking of contemporary music programs as wildly heterogeneous mixes of the accessible, the abstruse and the alarming, you’d likely have found Wednesday’s opening concert of the National Association of Composers/USA conference surprisingly cohesive and consonant

James McQuillen


Who We Are

We engage our community through the creation, performance, and promotion of contemporary musical art, while providing resources and opportunities to Cascadia composers.

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The Cascadia Composers are a welcome addition to the Portland new music scene with a healthy blend of compositional styles and individual takes on musical forms

Aaron Berenbach

Northwest Reverb

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Potential performances of the chamber music
of Cascadia members may occur in Washington,
Oregon, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York,
Baton Rouge, Tennessee and Virginia.


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