Welcome to “30 FOR THE 30th” Snapshots of Portland State Music Alumni who are making a difference through Music

Why does Music matter?  How do we as performers, teachers, educators, and students share it’s power with the world?

Each day in November the Music Forward blog will profile a former Portland State Music student who is putting music forward.  Their paths from Lincoln Hall have taken our students in many different directions, and often led  to unexpected places: business, advocacy, education, politics, and some of the great stages of the world.

What these students share is a love of music, a sense of themselves and of possibility.  Their versatility, creativity,  resourcefulness are a result of their choice to put Music Forward!


Join PSU Music Faculty and students on Friday, November 30th for Music Forward! A Holiday Concert benefittng music scholarships. 7:30 PM in Lincoln Performance Hall 1620 SW Park Ave. in Downtown Portland.  Admission is $25.00. Tickets are available through the Portland State University Box Office  (503) 725-3307 or at the door.  All proceeds go to support music scholarships.


 “One of the first cultures to articulate how music really works were the ancient Greeks. And this is going to fascinate you: the Greeks said that music and astronomy were two sides of the same coin. Astronomy was seen as the study of relationships between observable, permanent, external objects, and music was seen as the study of relationships between invisible, internal, hidden objects. Music has a way of finding the big, invisible moving pieces inside our hearts and souls and helping us figure out the position of things inside us.” –Karl Paulnack
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