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 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.

 

Auditions – Core Positions

Portland Columbia Symphony announces auditions for the following positions, to be held Monday, April 27, 2020, from 6-9 pm in Portland, Oregon. Rehearsals begin in September, 2020. PCSO tunes to A = 440.

To apply: Send a resume and $25 deposit* no later than April 13 to:

Melinda Larson, Operations Director
Portland Columbia Symphony
PO Box 6559
Portland, OR 97228

Applicants will be notified of their audition time and location by email by April 20.

No emails or phone calls, please.

*Deposit will be returned to you at your audition. If you are unable to attend your audition, you must notify PCSO immediately, and by April 16, 2020 in order to receive a refunded deposit.

VIOLIN (CORE & SUBSTITUTE POSITIONS AVAILABLE)

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PRINCIPAL OBOE (1-YEAR POSITION)

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Auditions – Sub List

Portland Columbia Symphony will hold sub list auditions for the following positions on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, from 6-9 pm in Portland, Oregon. PCSO tunes to A = 440.

To apply: Send a resume and $25 deposit* no later than April 21 to:

Melinda Larson, Operations Director
Portland Columbia Symphony
PO Box 6559
Portland, OR 97228

Applicants will be notified of their audition time and location by email by April 28.

No emails or phone calls, please.

*Deposit will be returned to you at your audition. If you are unable to attend your audition, you must notify PCSO immediately, and by April 24, 2020 in order to receive a refunded deposit.

SECTION BASSOON (SUB)

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TUBA (SUB)

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Administrative Team

There are currently no administrative openings.

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.

Please submit ticket donation requests at least four weeks prior to your event – if approved, you will receive your voucher within two weeks. Note that we are unable to support organizations with political or religious affiliations.
















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Contact PCSO

Portland Columbia Symphony’s offices are located in the Rose City Park neighborhood of Portland, in the Rose City Park United Methodist Church.

Physical address:
5830 NE Alameda
Portland, OR 97213

Mailing address:
PO Box 6559
Portland, OR 97228

503-234-4077 / info@pcsymphony.org







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