PLU Opera ushers you into the dark underworld

There will be high notes and high kicks as you travel to the depths of the dark underground this November at Pacific Lutheran University. PLU’s opera program will perform Offenbach’s  Orpheus in the Underworld  for four performances on the Karen Hille Phillips Mainstage: November 19,…

Simon Carrington to guest-conduct PLU’s Choir of the West

Pacific Lutheran University’s Choir of the West will perform under the direction of Simon Carrington, one of the world’s foremost choral conductors, as the featured ensemble for the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) Conference, to be held in Portland, November 12-14. The choir will give…

Choir of the West receives high honors in global ranking

The Choir of the West placed 6th in a global ranking of Mixed Collegiate Choirs and overall 25th in Choirs, according to the international organization, Interkultur . “This is a recognition where Choir of the West represents the university and our country well on the world stage,”…

PLU Lecturer wins Seattle competition

Erik Steighner, who teaches applied saxophone at PLU, was one of four solo winners in the 26th annual Frances Walton Competition. In addition to prize money, Steighner will go on a six-day winner’s tour September 13-18, 2015. When Erik Steighner was preparing to compete in…

Choir of the West wins on a global stage

Choir of the West brings back the grand prize at the International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival The Choir of the West covered a lot of ground on their recent European Tour—five countries in twelve days, multiple gold awards and the grand prize award…

PLU Jazz Day in Seattle May 3

Jazz music is a dish best served live and in person. A fusion of African-American, European-American and international musical traditions, jazz is known for its energy, creativity and ingenuity. Its iconic founding fathers and mothers are revered as some of the greatest improvisational artists in…

Nordic Journey: Organ Music From Scandinavia visits PLU March 1

On Sunday, March 1, at 8pm, join organist James D. Hicks for Nordic Journey: Organ Music From Scandinavia in Lagerquist Concert Hall, Mary Baker Russell Music Center. Over the past several years, Hicks has intensively researched a relatively unknown and unexplored corner of the organ…

Q&A: Meet John Paul, PLU’s new Department of Music Chair

Meet John F. Paul, the new Chair of the Department of Music and Associate Professor at Pacific Lutheran University. Before joining the PLU family at the start of the 2014-15 school year, Dr. Paul served for 13 years as Chair of the Department of Music…

PLU opera opens Handel’s ‘Alcina’ this January

Travel to Alcina’s island for a story of magic, enchantment and song. This January, surround yourself with magnificent music when Pacific Lutheran University Opera performs Handel’s Alcina on the Karen Hille Phillips Mainstage. There are four opportunities to view the production:  January 22, 23, and…

December 14 concert shows brass program’s strengths

If you want to see (or hear) the quality of the PLU’s brass program, look no further than the Lyric Brass Quintet concert on Sunday, December 14 in Lagerquist Concert Hall at 8pm. The Lyric Brass Quintet is comprised of PLU’s brass faculty: Edward Castro…

Be a part of the Journey

Why Music Scholarships Matter – in students’ own words To many students, PLU is a dream, and financial aid and scholarships make it a reality. Hear students talk about their journey to PLU and how music scholarships have made the difference. To address demand for…

Inaugural Christmas Music Scholarship Concert premieres Saturday, December 13

New concert fills need for additional campus performances Pacific Lutheran University’s annual Christmas Concerts are a beloved seasonal celebration on campus and across the Northwest. This year, more than 150 students will perform the world premiere of Oregon composer Robert Kyr’s Christmas Oratorio in Seattle,…

Student Composition Wins Statewide Competition

Taylor Whatley’s Original Piece, ‘Fanfare Giocoso,’ Premieres at LUCO’s Season-Opener Seattle’s renowned  Lake Union Civic Orchestra  (LUCO)  opened its 20th anniversary season with pieces by Mozart, de Falla, Respighi—and Whatley. That’s Taylor Whatley ’15, a Music Composition major at Pacific Lutheran University. And his original composition,…