Music Forward

29 Nov

Since  it’s birth as Vanport Extension Center in 1946, the university which is now Oregon’s largest has played a role in the education of tens of thousands of individuals.  Among those are thousands who have gone on to make the arts a central part of their lives.

It has been my pleasure to discover and share with readers of this blog over the past month the stories of just a few of those individuals.  Obviously I have only scratched the surface of the many PSU Music alumni who are putting into practice the lessons, values and experiences gained in there time at Portland State.  There are hundreds more stories to tell, with new ones being created every day.

As time goes on, I will endeavor in this blog  to provide more glimpses into the activities and accomplishments of some of our current and former  music students, in the hopes of encouraging all of us  to believe in the power of putting Music Forward.

Darrell Grant

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2011 Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding studied at PSU.

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Pianist/Composer and ‘Ten Grands” creator Michael Allen Harrison studied at PSU.

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Pianist/composer and WOU Jazz professor Gordon Lee got his Masters degree at PSU.

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Prizewinning classical guitarist and member of the Oregon Guitar Quartet Jessie McCann received his M.M. at PSU studying under Bryan Johanson.

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Metropolitan Opera soloist Audrey Luna received a B.M. in Voice at PSU 

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Portland Opera soloist and PSU voice professor Angela Niederloh received her B.M. at PSU. 

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Jazz bassist, orchestra musician and bass instructor  Tim Gilson received his undergraduate degree at PSU.

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These are just a few of the many, many PSU alums putting Music Forward around the world.  Look for more posts to come…

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