Friday, March 14, 2008

Oregon Composers Guild underway

Composer David Bernstein is organizing a guild for composers who reside in Oregon. The mission statement of the OCG states:

"The Oregon Composers Guild is a nonprofit, tax exempt corporation formed to promote the composition and performance of music by composers from the State of Oregon; to stimulate regional, national and international awareness of contemporary classical music from Oregon; and, to gather composers in a mutually supportive atmosphere to share and disseminate pertinent information to its members and the community.

It is dedicated to providing an environment that encourages the creation and presentation of new and adventuresome work by its members through an annual series of concerts, collaborations with regional organizations, residencies, workshops and an annual Student Composers Contest. OCG events will be concentrated state wide but extend, through composer exchanges, to national and international venues."

Bernstein has contacted 30 Oregon-based composers and hopes to elect leaders in the organization at their next meeting tomorrow, Saturday, March 15th at Lewis & Clark College. If you are interested in attending, contact Bernstein at, and he'll give you the particulars.

PS: Bernstein moved to the Portland area about a year and a half ago. He taught composition and theory at the University of Akron's School of Music for 28 years and was active in the Cleveland Composers Guild. You can find out more about his work at

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