Introducing New Music Faculty Kate Olson

Saxophonist Kate Olson is the newest member of the Music faculty in PLU’s Jazz program . A talented improviser and dedicated educator, Kate has lived in Washington since 2010. She has collaborated with many jazz groups and also performs with her own projects, KO SOLO…

Fall 2020 Masterclass Announcement

The Department of Music is excited to announce some of our special lecturers and master class leaders who will work with music students in all areas including voice, instruments, and composition. This incredible group of professionals has been recruited by our dedicated faculty for the…

Brass Music & Book Review!

PLU Music was featured twice in the most recent edition of the International Trumpet Guild Journal , an industry publication for trumpet players, teachers, manufactures, and music publishers. With thousands of members in over 60 countries, the Journal is an important resource for anyone interested…

Music of Carnival: J-Term 2020 Study Away in Trinidad

Dr. Youtz has been part of the Trinidad Gateway Program since its beginning in 1993 and he began taking students to Trinidad and Tobago in 1999. This jewel of a country in the Southern Caribbean has a rich diversity of the world’s peoples and a…

An Insider’s Look at O Nata Lux

One of the most beloved holiday traditions in the Northwest, The Choir of the West , University Chorale , and University Symphony Orchestra present PLU’s annual Christmas concert, O Nata Lux . Works by Dan Forrest, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Benjamin Britten and others will…

In the Footsteps of Giants: J-term Study Away in Europe

Vienna, Salzburg, Leipzig, Berlin and Prague are cities rich with musical history and tradition. Vienna is often called the “Capital of Classical Music.” This one small area was the central location for many of the finest musicians of the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.…

Regency Voices on KING FM’s NW Focus Live

Liederabend: An Evening of Song Tune your radio dial to 98.1 FM or listen online this Friday, November 8 at 8 PM as the PLU Regency Voices ensemble performs live on air for KING FM’s NW Focus Live weekly radio program. Regency Voices has assembled…

Dr. Edwin Powell Selected to Join WMEA’s Hall of Fame

Hearty congratulations to our own Dr. Edwin Powell, Director of Bands and Professor of Music, on his selection for the 2020 class of the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame . Honorees are selected every other year by their teaching peers and inducted at the…

PLU’s Choral Union presents Mozart’s Requiem

Join us Saturday, November 9 at 8 PM as the Pacific Lutheran University Choral Union presents Mozart’s Requiem in Lagerquist Concert Hall. PLU’s Choral Union is one of the outstanding community choruses in the United States. The choir was established in 1984 to create a…

Shining a Light on Female-Identifying Jazz Composers

The University Jazz Ensemble , a 19-piece performing group, will present the concert A Tribute to Women Composers on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8 PM. Featuring the work of five female jazz composers, the concert will be held in Eastvold Auditorium in the Karen…

Choir of the West 2019 Tour – United Kingdom and Germany

Visits to some of United Kingdom’s most beautiful cities, concert exchanges with important chamber choirs around the world, and participation in a renowned choral competition are all features of the Choir of the West 2019 tour. The itinerary will include stops in Edinburgh, York, Cambridge,…

Jazz Under the Stars concert lineup announced

The 2019 Jazz Under the Stars series will begin on Thursday, July 11th in the outdoor amphitheatre of the Mary Baker Russell Music Center at PLU. This annual summer concert series is FREE to the public, as it is PLU’s gift to the community. The…

University Symphony Orchestra Spring Tour 2019

The University Symphony Orchestra will embark on a tour to Eastern Washington on April 18 and 19, 2019. Tuesday, April 9 Tour Preview Concert – Lagerquist Concert Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma at 8pm (Tickets are available at the door or via the following link:…

PLU Trumpet Ensemble live on KING-FM

On March 15th at 8 p.m., the PLU Trumpet Ensemble will be performing live in Seattle on KING-FM for their “Northwest Focus Live” program. The opportunity came about earlier in the school year when the music office received a message from the NW Focus Live…

Wind Ensemble’s World Premiere of Echo Chambers

The PLU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of Echo Chambers on March 10, 2019. Echo Chambers came about after a conversation during a national conference in 2017 between Ed Powell, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at PLU, and Peter Van Zandt Lane,…

New Director of Jazz Studies, Cassio Vianna

PLU’s music faculty welcomes their newest hire, Cassio Vianna. The native of Brazil brings with him an extensive resume of teaching, composing, and performing jazz music. This year, he’ll begin a new journey channeling his passion into educating and inspiring PLU students as director of…