CONCERT MOSAIC – New Music and Art by Northwest Women

Concert Mosaic, presented by Cascadia Composers, is a bold, inspired, and multi-faceted program of chamber music premieres and visual art displays by Northwest women composers and artists. Featured performers include the Delgani String Quartet, along with special...

HAIR, REED, HAMMER: The articulation of sound

Northwest composers Paul Safar and Daniel Heila present, in an intimate venue, saxophone, string, and piano works sure to charm, challenge, and inspire listeners. Featured performers include the Delgani String Quartet, Eugene pianist Matthew Pavilanis and vocalist...

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...
ArcoPDX 5th Anniversary Concert

ArcoPDX 5th Anniversary Concert

Our friends at ArcoPDX (Amplified Repertory Chamber Orchestra) are celebrating 5 years with a program of new original music written by Arco founder (and Cascadia member) Mike Hsu! You’ll also hear Arco renditions of Bach, Bloch, and Depeche Mode, jaw-dropping vocal interludes, and the brilliant artistry of local classical-metal drummer Kaleb Davies!

ArcoPDX brings you classical and contemporary music with a fresh attitude. Amplified so you can talk, laugh, drink, dance…just like you would at a rock concert. Top if off with live stage lighting for an unforgettable, multi-sensory concert experience!

Friday, 7/26, 7:30pm @ Holocene (21+) tickets
Saturday, 7/27, 6:30pm@ Satellite Pub (all ages) tickets
$10 adv | $15 dos

Made In Oregon @ Astoria Music Festival 2019!

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 Clifford, Jack Gabel, Aszemar Glenn, Lisa Neher, Timothy Arliss O’Brien, Paul Safar, Greg Steinke, Jeff Winslow, and Jennifer Wright.

This creative and ambitious program features solo works and duets, often in partnership with electronic backgrounds. You’ll hear many of the multi-talented composers perform on their own works: Ted Clifford, Aszemar Glenn, Paul Safar, and Jeff Winslow will perform on piano. Timothy O’Brien will perform on trumpet. Lisa Neher, heretofore known to many of you primarily through Cascadia’s social media, will unveil her captivating mezzo-soprano in her own songs. Can-do clarinetist Justin Bulava and flutist extraordinaire Amelia Lukas round out our performance forces this year!

Cascadia’s Made in Oregon concert is one more reason to check out the events and concerts that are part of the 2019 Astoria Music Festival.

Tue Jun 25, 7:30 PM, Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, 588 16th St., Astoria, OR 97103

Free Admission!
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