Steve Gordon, Clarinet

Steve Gordon

Steve Gordon became a regular member of the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra clarinet section in 2014 after playing as a substitute for several years. His solo performances spanning 40 years include Concerto for Clarinet, Strings, And Harp by Aaron Copland, Prokofief's Overture on Hebrew Themes, Mozart's Symphonia Concertante, and Weber's Clarinet Concerto No. 1. Steve played his way through college on clarinet, saxophone, and accordion, gaining experience in the award winning Berkeley Jazz Ensembles and traveling with a circus band for two months each summer. He also played in vaudeville shows at Harvey's Casino in Lake Tahoe. After college, his music study and performance took a back seat to his medical studies and career and Steve continues to work as a full time internal medicine physician.

In recent years he has played with many local orchestras and bands including the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, Beaverton Community Band, and the Oregon Symphonic Band. He has always enjoyed playing chamber music and is an active member of Clarinets á la Mode and the Madera Winds ensemble.

Steve's first instrument was the accordion, which he began playing at the age of 7, and played professionally throughout high school and college. Today he plays the accordion at local restaurants and at charity events. His original composition and performance of "Ravenna" on accordion can be heard in the Sony Pictures Movie Jodorowsky's Dune (2014).