Choral Arts Ensemble Performs Cascadia Seasonal Works

Come hear Cascadia help "Portland's Choir" celebrate the season with three works by Cascadia composers: John Hidalgo's Lux Aeterna, Robert Lockwood's Ave Maria, and Dawn Sonntag's I Heard the Bells. The theme of the Yuletide concerts is "And on Earth, Peace," and...

Concert Celebrating Tomas Svoboda’s 80th Birthday!

Oregon boasts maybe a handful of composers who are well-known in the world of contemporary musical art.  One is particularly known internationally, and that is Tomáš Svoboda.  Born in Paris to Czech parents, he lived on both sides of the Iron Curtain before finding...

Come hear songs sung by Lisa Neher – and more – in Shades of Autumn!

Cascadia Composers explores the scope and nuances of human identity in the 2nd concert of this, our 11th season. With an impressive variety of music that reflects on the many facets of humankinds complex, emotional landscape (including tranquil bliss, desperate...
Portland is In Good Hands this year!

Portland is In Good Hands this year!

Our 9th annual “In Good Hands” project joins music students in collaboration with living, local composers to bring new art music to life. Talented young Oregonians perform a diverse mix of works by our composer members at these energizing events.  This is one of our favorite traditions!

CONCERT 1:  Saturday, June 22, 3:00PM, Portland State University, Lincoln Hall, Room 75 – 1620 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR, 97201  –  NOTE TIME CHANGE; 30 MINUTES EARLIER THAN PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED


But don’t worry, one thing hasn’t changed….  Free Admission!

These concerts forge new paths into the future of art music by bringing teachers, composers and gifted performers together to learn, create and inspire each other and their audiences.

We’re ALL WIRED UP!  Come feel the buzz April 20th!

We’re ALL WIRED UP! Come feel the buzz April 20th!

It’s our first concert of electronic and electroacoustic music, and we’re making up for lost time! All Wired Up is a micro-festival packed with top performers, video art, a huge array of electronic instruments and styles, modern dance, wild visuals and more. This family-friendly, come-and-go-as-you-please festival is full of artistic surprises.

It all happens Saturday, April 20th, 4-8 PM at The Old Church in Portland. Tickets are $25 general, $15 seniors / Cascadia members, $5 students. Kids under 12 are free. Ticket price includes admission to all concerts, a discussion / lecture, and all sound installations and exhibits. Available through The Old Church website or at the door.

Activities begin at 4PM on the main stage. Look forward to an exciting mix of works for a wide variety of live performers, plus ambient tracks, projections, dance, even an aerial drone! Cascadia members heard from include Timothy O’Brien, Paul Safar, Dana Reason, Nicholas Yandell, Matthew Neil Andrews, Ted Clifford, Tristan Bliss, Antonio Celaya, Greg A Steinke, Brian Field and Jennifer Wright.

Then (if you like), take part in a fascinating discussion with Steve Joslin and Mei-ling Lee, who’ll come up from Eugene to demonstrate, and expose a few of the mysteries about, data-driven instruments. Will these come to share the stage with the familiar instruments of the past? Come and see, and hear, for yourself!

Finally, at 7PM in the reception room, on a relaxed mix of regular and lounge seating, hear colorful and imaginative works for electronics, audio tracks, and video. Cascadia members heard from include Jeffrey Ericson Allen, Vivian Elliott, Stacey Philipps, Mei-ling Lee, Joshua Hey, and Greg Bartholomew, plus a special collaboration between Daniel Brugh and Jennifer Wright.

Between events, feel free to grab a drink at The Old Church bar, make some (sound)waves in Jennifer Wright’s glowing, water-filled, interactive “Surface” exhibit, and enjoy a deep-listening experience of Susan Alexjander’s video-sound art piece “Into Being, The River”.

Storytelling Workshop with Will Hornyak (DISCOUNTED, MOVED and EXTENDED – Reservations by March 31st!)

Storytelling Workshop with Will Hornyak (DISCOUNTED, MOVED and EXTENDED – Reservations by March 31st!)

What an opportunity to brighten up how you present your music, your bio, possibly your website story! And for board members, how we might best represent Cascadia Composers to the public. 

The stories in and around your music are personal, but more than that, they engage your audience. How do we talk and write about our new, local music? How do we share excitement about what we do that compels interest and support? How might we use stories for structure in our music?

The storytelling Workshop with Will Hornyak has been changed. It is now being offered as a Brown-Bag event at 3100 SE 10th Ave., Portland, Oregon  (half a block off Powell Blvd.)


April 13, 2019, 11 am – 3 pm (includes lunch break)


Cost per member (limit of 12): $25 to help cover Will’s fee for his expert help

One of Portland’s top professional storytellers, Will Hornyak says that compelling stories engage the listener’s imagination by uniting ideas with emotions. Will can help you sharpen your storytelling skills, however you use them.

If you are interested, please commit to attending by emailing Cynthia Gerdes at by end of day March 31st so we know how to plan.

“The shortest distance between two people is a good story”

Ten Years On – Cascadia Founders Speak

Ten Years On – Cascadia Founders Speak

Ten years ago this March, Portland audiences first experienced music from Cascadia Composers. Some folks loved it; others didn’t. One even stood up and lectured impromptu on what we should write instead. But despite controversy, we’ve prospered. Yes, the founders were mostly older (though far from dead) white guys, but over the years Cascadia has grown to nearly 100 members, and our many concerts (up from two the first year) showcase both aesthetic and demographic diversity.

What have the founders been up to in the meantime? This anniversary concert recognizes their talents and contributions, presenting both recent works and classics. Come hear the emotional reunion of music by David Bernstein, Tomas Svoboda, Greg Steinke, Gary Noland, Jack Gabel, Dan Senn, Bonnie Miksch, and Jeff Winslow, performed, like 2009’s inaugural concert, by Fear No Music! Reception to follow.

Choral Arts Ensemble Yuletide

Choral Arts Ensemble Yuletide

Come hear Cascadia help “Portland’s Choir” celebrate their 50th anniversary with two new works: Lisa Neher‘s “Three Basho Haiku” and William Whitley‘s “Ecclesia,” which was written to celebrate another 50th anniversary, that of the Pietro Belluschi-designed First Presbyterian Church in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The theme of the concerts is “To Friends Old & New”, and seasonal selections include Benjamin Britten, “Hymn to the Virgin” and movements from “Ceremony of Carols,” Ola Gjeilo’s arrangement of “The First Nowell,” Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Wassail,” among others.

For tickets, click here or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006, ext. 1. Tickets are $18 for adults/seniors in advance, $25 at the door. Students tickets are $5 in advance and at the door. $5 Arts for All tickets are available at the door with an Oregon Trail Card.

More info about Choral Arts Ensemble’s 50th anniversary season!

Poland – 100 Years: Free Again – Celebrate!

Poland – 100 Years: Free Again – Celebrate!

On November 11, 1918, the guns of World War I fell silent. The three imperial powers that had dominated Poland for nearly two centuries, eventually carving it up and devouring it for themselves, lay defeated or in disarray. The way was clear for the rebirth of Poland as a modern nation, for the white eagle to soar free of the black eagles that had plagued it for so long.

Celebrating this centenary, the Delgani String Quartet and pianist Asya Gulua perform five premieres by Cascadia composers, commissioned by the Polish Festival and inspired by Polish independence, as well as Karol Maciej Szymanowski‘s classic Second String Quartet:

Jay Derderian: “Begin again”
Matthew Kaminski: “Centennial Ballade”
Stephen Lewis: “Citizen/Subject”
Liz Nedela: “Tone Portrait of Poland”
Paul Safar: “Incantation”

Sat. Nov. 10 @ 7 pm, Polish Hall, 3832 N. Interstate, Portland, OR 97227

Want more Polish music?

Check out the orchestral program the following day @ 3 pm:
Willamette Falls Symphony
Milwaukie High School Auditorium
(2301 SE Willard, Milwaukie, Ore.)
Mark Perlman, conductor
Darin Qualls, violin soloist

Henryk Wieniawski: “Violin Concerto No. 2” • Darin Qualls, Soloist
Emil Szymon Młynarski: “Symphony in F major, Op.14 • Polonia”
Zygmunt Noskowski: “Symphonic Poem Op. 66 • The Steppe”

Artwork: Bartlomiej Worach


Landscape Music: Rivers and Trails

Landscape Music: Rivers and Trails

Landscape Music: Rivers & Trails is a nationwide series of concerts in Fall 2018 commemorating the 50th​ Anniversaries of the National Trails System Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  Coordinated by the Landscape Music Composers Network, and presented in collaboration with organizations, venues, and performers across the country, this initiative highlights and celebrates the significance of our national trails and rivers through the creation and presentation of new music.  Landscape Music: Rivers & Trail concerts will feature World Premieres of works for small chamber ensembles, created in direct response to the remarkable places protected under these two landmark acts.

Sun Oct 7, 2PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97201

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This Fiery Festival of New Music is Cascadia Composers’ 10th Anniversary Season kickoff event!  Presented in surround sound in the center of Portland’s very own volcanic cinder cone, it showcases the variety and verve that has come to define Cascadia Composers.  Bring a blanket, a picnic, and a host of family and friends to enjoy this colorful and exciting multimedia celebration of art and expression! 

Free pet rocks for every audience member!  A “Paint Your Own Pet Rock Station” will be set up for kids (and adults, too) who would like to make their own.

New music by local composers Susan Alexander, Daniel Brugh, Mel-ling Lee, Alexander Schwarzkopf and Jennifer Wright.

Sat Sep 15, 4PM, Mt. Tabor Park Amphitheater, SE Salmon Way, Portland, OR 97215

Tickets: Free