Playing a Critical Role in the Region
Since its founding in 1982, Portland Columbia Symphony has become a staple of Multnomah County’s arts scene, bringing 62 paid core musicians together each year to perform a classical subscription series and myriad education and outreach events for audiences based in both Portland and Gresham. What started out as a volunteer orchestra formed by Jerry Leudders would soon become an incorporated non-profit organization, when John Trudeau took over as PCSO’s music director and conductor in 1986. Huw Edwards served in that same role from 2000 to 2012, before Steven Byess took the reins in 2014 after a national search.
Playing a critical role in the artistic landscape of the Portland Metro area, PCSO provides affordable and comfortable concert environments for audiences of all kinds, while also providing competitive, creative jobs and opportunities for the area’s leading freelance professionals, music educators, and newly established conservatory-trained musicians. As the only orchestra that performs regularly in East County, PCSO is a growing presence in the Gresham area, reaching record audiences each season.
Mission & Values
Portland Columbia Symphony cultivates and champions a diverse community of musicians and audiences through affordable and accessible performances. We value excellence, community, personal connection, and accessibility.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at PCSO
Portland Columbia Symphony recognizes that orchestral music traditions have historically been shaped largely by privilege, exclusivity, and bias. Guided by the belief that our artform is strengthened and made more meaningful when it is accessible and representative of our diverse, changing communities, we commit to changing the narrative in the following ways:
- Creating space onstage each season for all who seek creative expression via the orchestral arts, including, but not limited to, living, local, female, and minority composers/collaborators.
- Adopting systems and practices that acknowledge the varying needs of a diverse audience, including disadvantaged, minority, and at-risk populations and those from differing socioeconomic, ethnic, and age groups.
- Recruiting personnel, especially at the leadership level, who bring diverse viewpoints and backgrounds to elevate minority voices, bring willingness to expand institutional perspective, and bring balance to the decision-making process.
As we work to create a welcoming, accessible, and relevant concert experience for the widest possible audience, we recognize that the path to greater inclusivity is neither routine nor predictable; we therefore commit ourselves to fostering a culture of curiosity, learning, and adapting for the sake of our art form and community.
(Adopted January, 2020)
Make a difference at PCSO
Curious, talented, and open-minded individuals keep Portland Columbia Symphony going and growing on all levels. As artists and arts administrators, we recognize that our best, most creative work happens when we learn from our diverse perspectives and experiences; we are an equal opportunity employer.
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Request a Ticket Donation
Portland Columbia Symphony is pleased to offer local non-profit organizations donated ticket vouchers to help with auctions and fundraisers. Vouchers are good for two tickets to one PCSO concert, and are valued at $70 each.
Note: If you’re a social service organization looking to support clients with concert tickets, visit our Community Connections page instead.