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...

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...

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...
In Good Hands

In Good Hands

Our 8th annual “In Good Hands” concert joins music students in collaboration with living, local composers to bring new art music to life. Talented young Oregonians will perform a diverse mix of works by Cascadia Composers at this energizing event, one of our favorite new traditions.

This concert forges 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.

Sat Jun 16, 3PM, Portland State University, Lincoln Hall, Room 75 – 1620 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR, 97201

Free Admission!
Our Waters: Big River to the Pacific

Our Waters: Big River to the Pacific

We are inspired by the many courageous stands to protect our rivers with some of the moral courage shown at Standing Rock, including all those protectors along what Chinook Indians for millennia called Big River, the Columbia. To celebrate we asked Cascadia Composers to explore with percussion, woodwinds, strings or voice what the river and its France sized watershed, might mean in music.

To string together our beads of sound are gifted story tellers Ed Edmo and Will Hornyak, and visual artist Bonnie Meltzer. Ed Edmo was born at Celilo Falls, a warrior of words and of legends. Will Hornyak is master of the imagination who brings tears of recognition or a side-ache from laughing. Bonnie Meltzer creates visions of a river, ideally one without coal tarnishing its glimmer. All this in the beautiful space at NASCC.

Sat May 12, 7:30PM, The Native American Student & Community Center at PSU, 710 SW Jackson St, Portland, OR, 97201

Big Horn Brass: Music of Masters Past and Present

Big Horn Brass: Music of Masters Past and Present

This exciting collaborative program with Big Horn Brass features new works by members of Cascadia Composers along with masterpieces by Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Mozart, Giacomo Puccini, and J.S. Bach. Big Horn Brass is a Portland, OR-based brass choir celebrating 35 years of entertaining local audiences. The group’s repertoire includes music from symphonic masterworks, the Renaissance and Baroque eras, ragtime, big band jazz, pop/rock, movie scores, and original compositions and arrangements for brass.  Click for more info.

PLEASE NOTE, the date, time and venue have changed since our spring brochure was published:  Sat Apr 21, 7PM, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 10390 SW Canyon Rd. Beaverton, OR 97005

Ticket Prices: ON SALE NOW!

  • Adults (18-54) – $20 online, $25 at the door
  • Seniors (55+) – $15
  • Students (13-17) – $10
  • Children (12 and under) – $5
Tombeau de Claude Debussy à Travers la Mer

Tombeau de Claude Debussy à Travers la Mer

On March 25th, 1918, Claude Debussy died after a long illness, as German shells from the biggest artillery of World War I exploded in the streets of Paris around his home. 100 years to the day later, and much more quietly, ten Cascadia composers will pay musical tribute to Debussy’s life, work, and influence, echoing “Tombeau de Claude Debussy,” his postwar memorial concert, from “across the sea”. Debussy’s masterwork “Songs of Bilitis”, sung by Hannah Penn with pianist Stephen Lewis, will top off the evening. This concert concludes the March Music Moderne VI festspiel and was developed in cooperation with Bob Priest, MMM artistic director.

Program Details!       MMM Festspiel Details!! 


Portland Columbia Symphony: Triumph

Portland Columbia Symphony: Triumph

Drama and passion are embodied in two works considered among the finest musical examples of the 19th century. PCSO welcomes the return of extraordinary pianist Sara Davis Buechner performing the Schumann Piano Concerto, one of the most beautiful in the repertoire. Antonin Dvorak’s dramatic and intense Symphony No. 7 closes the concert. The Symphony opens with Hymns, the second movement of Concerto for Chamber Orchestra, by the winner of this year’s PCSO/Cascadia Composers Composition Competition, Sean Osborn.

Fri Mar 16, 7:30PM, First United Methodist Church, Portland, OR
Sun Mar 18, 3PM, Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR

Fabulous February Fantasia

Fabulous February Fantasia

Dream away the winter blues with locally grown chamber music for flute, clarinet, saxophones, strings, piano, percussion, and voices. Featuring compositions by Cascadia Composers new and old, including Matthew Neil Andrews, Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson, Denis Floyd, Jack Gabel, Matthew Kaminski, Stephen Lewis, Sheli Nan, Timothy O’Brien, Paul Safar, Dawn Sontag, Daniel Vega, Jeff Winslow, and Linda Woody.

Audiences at this rare unthemed “composers & friends” concert will hear music inspired by modern paintings (Kandinsky, Bacon), science fiction heroines, a swarthy satin grand piano, an act of political protest, a cat and three types of birds (mountain quail, stellar’s jay, swainson’s thrush), the myriad faces of the skies in summer, and in at least one case the composer’s own name.

Sat Feb 17, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Lincoln Hall, Room 075 – 1620 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR, 97202 BUY TICKETS  

General: $20 (buys two tickets with an Arts Card from Work for Art)
Cascadia Members: $10 
Working Artists: $10
Seniors: $10
Students: $5
Children under 12:  Free
Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival

Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival

There’s a hot new music festival in town!  Follow the links below to see one way our friends the Delgani String Quartet and The City of Tomorrow wind quintet are keeping warm in the coming weeks, not to mention a few members, former members, and who knows, maybe even future members:
The Madrona Viola Duo GroupMuse

The Madrona Viola Duo GroupMuse

Please join Linda and Connelly Woody at their home in West Linn for a special Cascadia Composers/GroupMuse concert on Sun. Jan. 14 featuring the fabulous Madrona Viola Duo! Sharon Eng and Shelley Matthewson will perform from their broad range of classical repertoire and will be premiering new works by members of Cascadia including Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson, Liz Nedela, Linda Woody and Nicholas Yandell.

Plan to arrive any time after 7p on Jan. 14; the music will start at 7:30p.
$12, limited seating – reserve your spot for $3 on the GroupMuse website:

Contact Linda Woody @ lwoody@comcast.net
2328 Athena Rd., West Linn, OR 97068