The School of Music & Theater generates and sustains creative inspiration and excellence in the production, practice and appreciation of the performing arts through education. The school enhances the cultural life of Portland through diverse student, faculty and guest artist performances.

Inspired by Portland State’s ethos of service to the city, the school embraces the dual goals of open access and outstanding achievement to cultivate graduates who make a significant impact in the arts and in their communities.

Today, the spirit and humanity of the performing arts is more critical to our society than ever. Your support helps us raise up students’ compelling, reflective and provocative voices—and bring them to the world.

More Ways to Give

For more information about opportunities to support the School of Music & Theater’s students, faculty and programs, please contact Jaymee Jacoby, Assistant Vice President for Development
503-890-4962 or

Donor Spotlight

Because of the deep-rooted impact my teachers had on me, I feel the need to give back to my community and teaching is an excellent outlet for that. I hope that someday I can pay your gift forward and support the next generation of artists.

-  Micah Hummel, 2017-18 William Bradford and Janet Hughes Mersereau Scholarship recipient.

Brad and Janet Mersereau: The William Bradford and Janet Hughes Mersereau Scholarship

Brad and Janet Mersereau have built a legacy around their support of artistry and community impact at Portland State University. 

Married for 32 years, PSU alumnus Brad and his beloved late wife, Janet, have positively changed the lives of thousands of people in the Portland community. Their dedication to providing access to music education, advancing literacy and supporting others on their journey through recovery to sobriety is demonstrated through their innovative philanthropy.

As of 2020, the William Bradford and Janet Hughes Mersereau Jazz Scholarship in the PSU School of Music & Theater has supported 19 highly talented and motivated seniors in jazz and composition, most of whom have launched successful professional careers in music. Brad, an accomplished pianist and composer with decades of TV and movie placements, is a graduate of Portland State’s composition program, and appreciates that their scholarship recipients “are clear and intentional and know exactly what they want--and how they’ll give back.”


Brad and Janet Mersereau
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