Cascadia Composers is very sorry to announce the postponement of the NACUSA 2020 National Conference scheduled for March 19 through 21. We are currently considering rescheduling options, so stay tuned for more info.

Just three days ago, we felt there was a path forward, with reasonable accommodations and precautions. But of course events surrounding COVID-19 continue to develop rapidly. Air travel is a special concern — we’ve started to have cancellations by out of town participants as well as locals, and one of our headlining performers would likely need to cancel as well. With our wonderful host, Lewis & Clark College, transitioning to all online classes by the day before the conference was to begin, at minimum the environment would not be very conducive to the relaxed and concentrated enjoyment of new music and musicians regardless of its actual safety, which we still believe in.

This has been a tough decision. We know countless hours have been spent rehearsing, airline and hotel reservations have been made, and many other arrangements and preparations also.

Several canceling participants have generously donated their registration fees. Under the circumstances, of course, all registered attendees will be issued a full refund, as well as those purchasing advance tickets for the concerts.

We are grateful for the kind words and support we’ve received from so many of you. Also, we are so grateful for the work of our conference committee, supporting volunteers, and our many, many performers. We’re aware how many hours of your lives (and ours) have been given over to this enterprise, and we’re deeply sorry for having to make this difficult decision. Rest assured, we will seriously consider if and when we might be able to reschedule the conference, with its existing content as much as possible, for sometime later in 2020. At the moment, it’s too early for us to assess; for now, we need to pause and refocus.

These are difficult times. We urge you to stay healthy, do whatever you can to help one another, and listen to the better angels of our nature.

Ted Clifford, president, Cascadia chapter of NACUSA
Michael Johanson, NACUSA 2020 National Conference committee chair / Chair, Lewis & Clark College Department of Music
Jeff Winslow, Cascadia chapter secretary / treasurer

Cascadia Composers, your go-to source for local new music, is honored to bring you a wider world by hosting the 2020 National Conference of its parent organization, NACUSA (National Association of Composers USA)! This March, Cascadia in partnership with Lewis & Clark College present a three-day bonanza of new music, including six concerts and multiple composer presentations.

A host of renowned performers, including Friends of Rain, Resonance Ensemble, Portland Percussion Group, and piano duo favorites Stephanie & Saar will perform the music of a dozen local composers, plus two dozen more composers from around the USA, all who will be in attendance and eager to hear what our local performers do with their music and what our local audiences think about it.

All concerts are open to the public. Tickets are available at the door, or through Brown Paper Tickets by clicking the icons below.  Prices unless noted otherwise are $20 general admission (buys 2 with Arts Card from RACC) / $10 (seniors, members, working artists) / $5 (students) / free for 12 and under.


NACUSA 2020 Conference Lineup
Location: Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd.  Portland, OR 97219


• Fresh Finds 3/19/20 3:30PM at Evans Auditorium

We’re starting the conference off with a bang with exciting new works by talented local student composers from Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University and The Evergreen State College! Featured performers include the Evergreen Experimental Music Ensemble, Lewis and Clark’s Cappella Nova (under the direction of Katherine FitzGibbon), and guest luminaries.  Students admitted free, all others $5.


• In the ‘Hood 3/19/20 7:30PM at Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Friends of Rain and top-notch guest performers play works by Cascadia composers Adam Eason, Michael Johanson, Alexander LaFollett, Andrew Lewinter, Liz Nedela, Lisa Neher, Gary Noland, Lesley Sommer, and William Toutant. Two hours.


• Beethoven’s 250th 3/20/20 1:00PM at Evans Auditorium

In honor of the 250th year of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, this concert features Beethoven-inspired piano works by Theresa Koon and David Lefkowitz, plus Stephanie & Saar playing Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge and other works. One hour, half price!


• Spring Fever! 3/20/20 7:30PM at Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Portland Percussion Group goes crazy playing the music of Trent Hanna, Michael Johanson, and Greg A Steinke. Then  Resonance Ensemble brings you choral works that speak (mostly) to today’s issues and concerns by local composers Judy A. Rose and Jeff Winslow, and visiting composers Martin Blessinger, Katie Kring, Lansing McLoskey, Liza Sobel, and Ingrid Stölzel. Two hours total.


• Amplitude & Attitude 3/21/20 1:00PM at Evans Auditorium

Electroacoustic and media works by local composer Kirsten Volness and visiting composers Joe L. Alexander, Chris Arrell, Patrice Langsdale-Williams, Timothy Moyers, and David Peoples. Some composers will play in their own works. One hour, half price!


• A Wider World 3/21/20 7:30PM at Evans Auditorium

Friends of Rain and guests celebrate the glorious diversity of new music being created across the USA with performances of chamber works by visiting NACUSA composers Andrew Conklin, Doug Davis, Joshua Hey, Partick Houlihan, Mark Kilstofte, David Lefkowitz, Allen Shearer, Andy Sigler, and Stephen Yip. Two hours.