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.
We value Excellence, Community, Personal Connection, and Accessibility.
The mission of the Portland Columbia Symphony is to present quality performances of standard, worthy but rarely performed, and new orchestral works, through the presentation of national, regional, and local composers, soloists, and musicians in concerts and outreach settings September through May. Its primary goal is to gather artists and audiences in friendly, affordable, and accessible concert experiences that spark authentic engagement and deepen peoples’ connections to classical music. PCSO seeks to amplify the audience experience through the design of culturally and locally relevant programming, an inclusive narrative, and educational programs that engage all corners of our community.
Make a difference at PCSO
Curious, talented, and open-minded individuals keep the 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.
There are currently no administrative openings.
Orchestra auditions for the 2020-2021 Season will be posted in late winter.
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.