Made In Oregon @ Astoria Music Festival 2019!

Yes, an Astoria Music Festival is happening in 2019, and we're excited to be part of it! Cascadia Composers presents Made in Oregon - New Music by Northwest Composers, a program packed with exciting and varied works by 10 notable Northwest composers: Daniel Brugh, Ted...

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...

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...


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
Made in Oregon @ Astoria Music Festival

Made in Oregon @ Astoria Music Festival

Cascadia Composers presents Made in Oregon – New Music by Northwest Composers in a concert featured at the Astoria Music Festival, including a program packed with exciting and varied works by 12 notable Northwest composers: Matthew Neil Andrews, David Bernstein, Daniel Brugh, John DeRuntz, Denis Floyd, Stephen Lewis, Timothy Arliss O’Brien, Andrew Robinson, Paul Safar, Greg Steinke, Jeff Winslow and Jennifer Wright.

This creative and ambitious program features works for solo, vocal and small instrumental ensembles. You’ll hear many of the multi-talented composers perform on their own works: Matthew Andrews, John DeRuntz, Paul Safar, Stephen Lewis, Tim O’Brien and Jeff Winslow will perform on piano. Daniel Brugh will play piano and fixed media; Jennifer Wright will perform on amplified harpsichord and EBows with an illuminated cymatics display. Oregon’s brilliant Delgani String Quartet will premiere the complete Andrew Robinson work that they excerpted last October in Portland.

Rounding out this stellar cast of performers are Asya Gulua, piano; Alicia Charlton, clarinet; Jonah Thomas, violoncello; Maria Garcia, piano; Catherine Olson, soprano; Cary Lewis, piano; Daniel Robert Vega, alto saxophone, and Nathanael Peterson Blankenship, tenor saxophone. Guests are encouraged to stick around for post-concert coffee and Q+A with the composers.

Cascadia’s Made in Oregon concert is one more reason to check out the events and concerts that are part of the Astoria Music Festival.

Wed Jun 20, 7:30 PM, the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, 588 16th St., Astoria, OR

General: $15
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