History

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Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1982 as a community orchestra by Jerry Luedders at Lewis and Clark College.

PSU Professor John Trudeau then led the orchestra for fourteen years. Under his guidance, PCSO evolved from an all-volunteer community orchestra into a semi-professional metropolitan orchestra, with over 90 percent of the orchestra's 70+ members being professional musicians.

Huw Edwards served as Music Director and Conductor for twelve seasons (2000-2012).

Having flourished and matured artistically over the past 31 seasons, it is now composed of many of the finest musicians in the metropolitan Portland community.

Mission Statement

Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra is a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to presenting quality performances of standard, worthy but rarely performed, and new orchestral repertoire. The orchestra features regional composers, soloists, and musicians both professional and semi-professional. Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra brings together musicians and audiences in friendly, affordable, and accessible concert experiences.

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Steven Byess
Music Director & Conductor

PCSO selected five finalists for the Music Director position in 2012 and invited each to conduct concerts in the 2013-2014 season. In June 2014, PCSO selected Steven Byess, director of the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Byess won the hearts of musicians and patrons alike with his charismatic and dynamic style.

PCSO recognizes and appreciates the wealth of experience and expertise that Huw Edwards brought to Portland Columbia Symphony during his tenure. After twelve succesful seasons, Mr. Edwards is now Conductor Emeritus & Principal Guest Conductor. Mr. Edwards remains the conductor of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra and the Conductor of University of Puget Sound.