World-class instruction in Oregon's performing arts capital

Located in the heart of Portland’s performing arts district, the School of Music & Theater at Portland State University is an extraordinary place to realize your potential as a performing artist. Our world-renowned faculty of performers, composers, and scholars is deeply engaged with the community and dedicated to student success. We will challenge you to grow and excel personally and musically as we prepare you to be the next generation of world-changing teachers, performers, scholars, composers, and arts advocates

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How to Apply

To become an undergraduate music major, students must apply to both PSU and the School of Music & Theater in separate applications. Graduate students must apply through the PSU Graduate School application.

Upcoming events

White Nights

White Nights By  Fyodor Dostoevsky Adapted from the Russian translation by…
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-05 19:30:00 2021-03-05 20:30:00 White Nights White Nights By  Fyodor Dostoevsky Adapted from the Russian translation by Constance Garnett Directed by Richard Wattenberg A bittersweet tale of longing and love, this dramatic adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s short story, WHITE NIGHTS, traces the emotional ups and downs of a reclusive male dreamer and a sheltered young woman who come together during four St. Petersburg summer nights. In its exploration of social isolation and the desire for human connection the play poignantly speaks to familiar concerns in these COVID-19 times.  Don’t miss PSU Music and Theater’s production of this delightfully enchanting and surprisingly pertinent work. Presented live on YouTube https://youtu.be/INMSazms3go School of Music & Theater music@pdx.edu School of Music & Theater music@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

White Nights

White Nights By  Fyodor Dostoevsky Adapted from the Russian translation by…
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-06 19:30:00 2021-03-06 20:30:00 White Nights White Nights By  Fyodor Dostoevsky Adapted from the Russian translation by Constance Garnett Directed by Richard Wattenberg A bittersweet tale of longing and love, this dramatic adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s short story, WHITE NIGHTS, traces the emotional ups and downs of a reclusive male dreamer and a sheltered young woman who come together during four St. Petersburg summer nights. In its exploration of social isolation and the desire for human connection the play poignantly speaks to familiar concerns in these COVID-19 times.  Don’t miss PSU Music and Theater’s production of this delightfully enchanting and surprisingly pertinent work. Presented live on YouTube https://youtu.be/zG-eu8eQz9s School of Music & Theater music@pdx.edu School of Music & Theater music@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

PSU Percussion Ensemble Concert

The PSU Percussion Ensemble present their winter concert, streaming live…
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-07 23:00:00 2021-03-05 12:29:26 PSU Percussion Ensemble Concert The PSU Percussion Ensemble present their winter concert, streaming live to our Facebook page. Pieces will include works by Caroline Shaw, Stephen Whibley and "Double Music", a historic percussion work composed by John Cafe and Lou Harrison.   Facebook Live http://www.facebook.com/somtpdx Joel Bluestone bluestj@pdx.edu Joel Bluestone bluestj@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

PSU Jazz Virtual Series: Michelle Willis

Join the Portland State University Jazz Area for our weekly PSU Jazz…
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-10 15:00:00 2021-03-10 15:50:00 PSU Jazz Virtual Series: Michelle Willis Join the Portland State University Jazz Area for our weekly PSU Jazz Virtual Series. Each week features a world class artist engaging in lecture and conversation with students and faculty. Follow Portland State University on Facebook to receive notification when the page goes Live. https://www.facebook.com/psujazz Singer-songwriter Michelle Willis has found unique ways to thrive artistically, at home and online, during a year of suspended live music. She will join the PSU Virtual Jazz Series to share her experience with students on March 10. Prior to launching a solo career, British-born, Canadian-raised musician/songwriter Michelle Willis amassed an impressive résumé through a variety of collaborations and work as a session keyboardist and background singer for the likes of David Crosby, Becca Stevens, Laura Mvula, and the Zac Brown Band. After studying jazz and honing her chops on the Toronto piano bar scene, Michelle relocated to Brooklyn, New York and released her debut solo record, See Us Through. Written as in the mindset of being Michelle's music is inspired by years spent singing in choirs, and a love affair with the style and song craft of Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Donny Hathaway, Shawn Colvin, The Beatles, Elliot Smith, Carole King and Ray Charles. See Us Through was released in 2016 on GroundUP Music / Verve. Since then, while maintaining a non-stop touring schedule as a member of David Crosby's two bands, Lighthouse and Sky Trails, and the Becca Stevens Band, Michelle has maintained a monthly residency at New York City's Rockwood Music Hall. Her most recent songwriting work can be heard on the new David Crosby album, Here If You Listen. The album is a collaboration of songwriting and performance by David, Michelle, Becca Stevens and Michael League, released in 2018 on BMG. Michelle is currently working on a new double record of live and studio performances, due for an early 2021 release. She is a touring member of two bands led by David Crosby (Lighthouse and Sky Trails), as well as the Becca Stevens Band. Facebook Live https://fb.me/e/22NUMOqbh Sherry Alves alves4@pdx.edu Sherry Alves alves4@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public