Last Tango in Portland!

Last Tango in Portland!

Cascadia Composers is honored to present a concert devoted to the music of two of its founders, including four world premieres:

Last Tango in Portland! — an 80th birthday year new music celebration

Saturday, October 1st, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Lincoln Recital Hall (Room 075) at Portland State University

1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201

Come join in an 80th birthday year celebration featuring the music of composers David S. Bernstein and Greg A Steinke for voice, strings, piano, winds and percussion, featuring outstanding performers from the Portland area all the way to guest baritone Andrew White from Nebraska. Among those joining us to perform will be Casey Bozell and Danielle Bristow, violins; Dana Rokosny, viola; Diane Chaplin, violoncello; Colleen Adent and Sequoia, piano; Catherine Lee, oboe and English horn; Amelia Lukas, alto flute, flute and piccolo; Alexander Dyer and Ian Charlton, percussion. Among the several works that are premieres will be one featuring the paintings of local Portland artist, Robert Coronado.

Tickets are available now!

Prices are $20 for general admission, $10 for seniors and working artists, $5 for students, free for children under 12. Plus, streaming tickets are available (for $10), with the link emailed to ticket holders on the day of the concert.

Crossing Paths 2022

Crossing Paths 2022

Cascadia Composers is excited to announce the first concert of its 2022-23 season:

Crossing Paths 2022: A Summer Celebration of New Music in the Garden

Sunday, August 28th, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Leach Botanical Garden

6704 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97236-5037

The program will include works of Cascadia Composers: Adrienne Albert, William Ashworth, Daria Baiocchi, David S. Bernstein, John G. Bilotta, Antonio Celaya, Ted Clifford, Ken Davies, David Jones, Lisa Ann Marsh, Jan Mittelstaedt, Carolyn Quick, Christina Rusnak, Greg A Steinke, Tomas Svoboda, and Linda Woody.

Featured musicians include the Rose City Brass Quintet (Logan Thane Brown, Lars Campbell, JáTtik Clark, Joseph Klause, and Daniel Partridge), Dunja Jennings Marcum (clarinet), Daniel Partridge (horn), and Brett EE Paschal, Wanyue Ye, and Davi Martinelli de Lira (percussion).

Gate opens at 4pm when guests may explore the garden grounds and experience an electronic sound installation by Daniel Brugh, Mei-ling Lee, Timothy Arliss O’Brien, Jennifer Wright, and Nicholas Yandell. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and may pack in a picnic to enjoy on the garden grounds. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought onto the grounds, but beer and wine will be sold on-site.

The Rose City Brass Quintet set begins at 5 pm. The other performances will follow at different locations around the garden with the performances repeated so that concert guests may experience the music at each of the locations in any order they choose.

We hope you can share in this exciting concert of new music from Cascadia Composer members!

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for seniors and working artists, $10 for students, free for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the link below or at the door and include admission to the garden.

In Good Hands 2022

In Good Hands 2022

Cascadia Composers Presents:

The annual In Good Hands Concert featuring students performing Cascadia Composers’ works!


Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. for one of Cascadia Composers favorite yearly traditions, the In Good Hands recital. Talented student performers from the Portland area will play new music written by Cascadia Composers members.

Live Performance at Portland State University – Lincoln Hall – Recital Room 75 – 1620 SW Park Ave. Portland, Oregon

And, don’t forget the Youtube video Premiere of six more performances on Saturday, July 16 at 4:00PM (PDT)!  Clicking on this link will take you there, or copy and paste into your browser: 

In Good Hands 2022 will feature piano, violin, and vocal works by Adrienne Albert, Dr. David Bernstein and Maria Chobin, Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson, Arthur Breur, Ted Clifford, Ally Czyzewicz, Dianne Davies, Lauretta DeForge, John DeRuntz, Timothy Arliss OBrien, Carolyn Quick, Christina Rusnak, Paul Safar, Dr. Walter Saul, Drew Swatosh, Linda Woody, Amy Fairchild, Jan Mittelstaedt, Liz Nedela, Dr. Lisa Neher, and Nicholas Yandell.  Check out the complete concert program by clicking here.

Collaborations 2022: Re/emergence

Collaborations 2022: Re/emergence

Cascadia Composers proudly presents

Collaborations 2022: Re/emergence

Strive… dream… wake… flourish! Our present moment in music, poetry, image & dance

Cascadia Composers Spring Concert showcases the variety and depth we are known for as we continue to artistically process the times we live in and reemerge, revitalized and reenergized!



Please join us on Saturday, May 14th, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Hall, Room 75 on the Portland State University Campus, or watch the livestream (with ticket purchase).

Enjoy new works from Cascadia Composers Daniel Brugh, I’lana S. Cotton, Noam Faingold, Brian Field, Theresa Koon (collaborating with poet Bella), Lisa Neher, Gary Lloyd Noland, Timothy Arliss O’Brien, Paul Safar, Drew Swatosh (collaborating with poet Brian Dang), Jennifer Wright and Nicholas Yandell.


A multitude of talented musicians including Diane Chaplin, Anthony Dyer, Maria Garcia, Asya Gulua, Nicholas Meyer, Ben Milstein and Adrian Rosales as well as dancers Conrad “Icon” Kaczor and Big SnubB join in this kaleidoscope of colorful collaborations.

Themes of struggle, recharging and awakening connect these timely works which are enhanced through video, dance and actors. We hope you can share in this exciting concert of new music from Cascadia Composer members!


Lincoln Hall, Room 75, Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201


Tickets are $20 general admission/$10 seniors and working artists/$5 students/free for children under 12 and are available below and at the door.



Our audience vaxx policy

For entry to the concert, attendees 12 years and older must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or you may show your valid PSU student or employee ID. (PSU vaccination rates are well over 95%.) Valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination is either a hard copy or a picture of a vaccination card showing a vaccine series was completed at least two weeks prior to the concert.

(Please note, this is a PG-13 concert. Some song lyrics are not suitable for the youngest audiences.)

Masking is at your discretion. Please respect the masking choices of other attendees.

If you fall ill with COVID symptoms (use best judgment or advice), or test positive e.g. with a home antigen test during the 10 days prior to the concert, please stay home and enjoy the concert through our livestream.  All advance ticket buyers who leave email addresses on Brown Paper Tickets will be sent viewing instructions prior to the concert.  As of May 6th, you may now also purchase “livestream only” tickets.  Be sure to leave your email address so you can receive instructions!

Crossing Paths

Crossing Paths

Cascadia Composers is excited to announce the opening concert of its 2021-2022 season: Crossing PathsNew Music of Healing and Renewal. This unique concert experience will be our first live event in many months and will take place at the Leach Botanical Garden (6704 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236-5037) on Sunday, September 26th at 5 p.m.


Be sure to bring something to sit on if you like, or feel free to sit on the grass. Click on the button above for a detailed view of the entire garden, including the locations where musicians will be performing.

Audience members may stroll the woodland grounds in a contemplative setting between musical ensembles and sound installations creating an atmosphere of meditation and reflection.

Hear soothing and upbeat performances by Justin Bulava, clarinet, Amelia Lukas, flute, Alexis Mahler, violin Hannah Penn, mezzo-soprano, Kate Petak, harp and Dylan Rieck, cello.

Soak in new sounds from composers David Bernstein, Antonio Celaya, Jay Derderian, Theresa Koon, Kevin Bryant Lay, Mei-ling Lee, Lisa Marsh, Jan Mittelstaedt, Paul Safar, Walter Saul, Greg A Steinke, Mark Vigil and Linda Woody.

Gate opens at 4 p.m. with the music beginning at 5 p.m.

Before the music begins, guests are welcome to explore the upper and lower gardens and enjoy a sound installation courtesy of Daniel Brugh. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and may pack in a picnic to enjoy on the upper garden grounds. Alcoholic beverages are permitted but no food or beverages will be sold on-site.

At 5 p.m. audience members will rotate through performances by three different musical ensembles spaced in different locations around the upper garden: solo flute; mezzo-soprano and harp; and violin, clarinet and cello. Concert guests may experience the music at each location in any order they choose. Each ensemble’s set will last approximately 20 minutes, with two 10-minute intermissions.

Currently masks are required in any crowded or indoor areas of the garden, including restrooms.

We hope you can join us for this unique and timely concert in this beautiful natural setting!

Leach Botanical Garden logo

And be sure to mark your calendars for Cascadia Composers next big event: Fierce, Fabulous, and Fully Coiffed Friday, December 10th, 2021 at 7 p.m. at the Clinton Street Theater, Portland, OR !

Fierce Fabulous and Fully Coiffed

Fierce Fabulous and Fully Coiffed

Cascadia Composers present


Friday, December 10, 2021     *     Live show at 7PM (PST)

at the historic Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

Fierce Fabulous poster

Drag queens! Rants! Jazz! Tragedy! Comedy! Confetti! Double entendres! More wigs and sequins than you’d ever thought could be gathered into one place! Join us for a fantabulous romp celebrating the undeniable gloriousness of the multifaceted contributions that the LGBTQ+ community has made to world culture since the dawn of entertainment!

Co-produced by the composer-performer trio of Jennifer Wright, Nicholas Yandell, and Timothy Arliss O’Brien in partnership with Cascadia Composers, “Fierce” combines new music and drag in a glorious extravaganza for all to take pride in! “Fierce” features a glittering group of local drag icons, classical musicians, and performance artists in a show bubbling over with fresh interpretations of queer art forms in all their diversity and magnificence. Exploring themes of gender and identity in a variety of styles, this rainbow-drenched explosion of expression celebrates the local and global LGBTQ+ community in style.

And it’s super fun for straights too! Fans of art music, drag, dance, song, comedy, fashion, spectacle, pixelated 80s videos, witty storytelling, and audience participation will all find lots to love. LGBTQ+ listeners can enjoy a safe and joyful space to enjoy the arts and take pride in their cultural heritage. Suitable for audiences ages 13 and older.

Saint Syndrome

Saint Syndrome

The Lineup: Local drag pianist/icon Saint Syndrome (a.k.a. Marshall Cuffe) is featured on several pieces, including their luscious, lounge-y original “What Makes a Man a Man?”

Bonnie Miksch’s soulful “Misguided” for unaccompanied voice and live-controlled electronics is, in the composer’s words, a call to “live our lives authentically, and refuse to be willing participants of racist, classist, ableist, sexist, and heterosexist systems or rhetoric.”

Recognizing that anyone can be a woman these days, Jennifer Wright (appearing as drag personality Tartie FaLouze) has a few choice words to share with anyone thinking of giving it a go in her bluesy “Rant”.

The tongue-in-cheek “A Musical Lecture” by Nicholas Yandell (appearing as drag personality The Midnight Maestro) uses everything from a theramin to a keytar to show how music can help you find yourself!

Linda Woody’s setting of Filipino-American queer artist Regie Cabico’s poem “A Queerification” features the multi-talented Zeloszelos Marchandt singing while suspended in midair, a position well-suited to considering thorny topics at the intersection of gender and identity.

Guest composer Lucas Marshall Smith from Ohio contributes “Always Meeting Ourselves”, which presents a deliciously ambiguous original text that can lean in any number of ways while performers consider their reflections in a multitude of mirrors.

Zeloszelos Marchandt

Zeloszelos Marchandt

Timothy Arliss O’Brien, appearing as drag personality Tabitha Acidz, tackles some heavy stuff head-on with solo guitar and spoken (and sometimes shouted) word in “Tabitha’s Poetry Slam”.

The grand finale is Jennifer Wright’s hilarious memoir of her cringe-worthy youthful attempts to form a coherent identity growing up in the 1980s while surrounded by a barrage of confusing and colorful pop culture influences, entitled “(Do Ya Like My) Unicorn Trapper Keeper (Extra-Extra Extended Dance Remix)”. There will be line dancing, multiple keytars, retro pixelated video and, of course, Trapper Keepers galore!

All together, “Fierce” is a night you won’t soon forget!

Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 students, free beverage and popcorn for anyone wearing a costume!

Tickets available at:

Generously funded in part by an “Arts Builds Communities” grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.


About the artists

Jennifer Wright

Composer-performer chameleon Jennifer Wright

Jennifer Wright has been described as “a real force of nature” (FearNoMusic artistic director Kenji Bunch) and “[One] of [Cascadia Composers’] most creative producer/composers” (Brett Campbell, Oregon Arts Watch). She is a performer, composer, educator, graphic/multidisciplinary artist, event producer, and culture-maker. She holds two degrees in piano performance (M.M., Trinity College of Music, London, England; B.M., Hartt School of Music, Connecticut) and studied for two years at the Music Conservatory in Stuttgart, Germany. She teaches piano at Reed College and in her private piano studio in Portland, Oregon.

Jennifer’s eclectic compositions include acoustic, electroacoustic, fixed media, and found-sound works for solo instruments, voice, mixed ensembles, choir, dance, experimental instruments, and film. Much of her work features alternative keyed instruments like typewriters, toy pianos, prepared piano, amplified harpsichords, and her deconstructed creations “The Skeleton Piano” and “Chimaera”.

Jennifer’s compositions have been performed across the U.S., England, Finland and Cuba and on KGW TV and Cuban National TV by herself, FearNoMusic, Resonance Ensemble, Delgani Quartet, The Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan Orchestra, Ensemble Interactivo de la Habana, 20 Digitus piano duo, CORVUS, and Free Marz String Trio, among others. &

Nicholas Yandell is a Portland, Oregon based composer, musician, writer, & visual artist. Musically, he specializes in composing contemporary classical concert works, film scores, post-rock, and electronic music. He has composed or collaborated on a number of scores for short films and film projects and has had the pleasure of having works performed by such artists as the Delgani String Quartet, cellist Marilyn De Olivera, the Iridescence Piano Flute Duo, the Madrona Viola Duo, and pianist Dianne Davies, as well as numerous other performances through Cascadia Composers.

In 2019, he had the honor of being one of the four composers commissioned by 45th Parallel to set the poetry of Micah Fletcher to music and performed with the Pyxis Quartet and percussionist Sergio Carreno at their “I Spat in the Eye of Hate and Lived” concert. He holds a Masters of Music Composition and a Bachelor of Music from Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY, and was named the 2020 Composer of the Year by the Oregon Music Teachers Association.

In all his creative works, he delves deeply into subjects such as mental health, psychology, spirituality and perseverance, with an ultimately hopeful outlook, woven into strongly comprehensible narratives. As a queer person, he also uses creativity to express his struggles with identity and sexuality as well as his own personal journey to acceptance.


Married composers couple Nicholas Yandell and Timothy Arliss O’Brien

Timothy Arliss O’Brien is an interdisciplinary artist in music composition, writing, and visual arts. His goal is to connect people to accessible new music that showcases virtuosic abilities without losing touch of authentic emotions. He has premiered music with The Astoria Music Festival, Cascadia Composers, Sound of Late’s 48 hour Composition Competition and ENAensemble’s Serial Opera Project.

He also wants to produce writing that connects the reader to themselves in a way that promotes wonder and self realization. He has self published several novels (Dear God I’m a Faggot, They), and has written for Look Up Records (Seattle), Our Bible App, and Deep Overstock: The Bookseller’s Journal. His full discography, Where Are WE?, Piano Memories, Fear Sides and Soundbath, on all streaming platforms. Website: Instagram: @adorableinpdx @tabithaacidz @thepoetheroic

In Good Hands 2021

In Good Hands 2021

Cascadia Composers is not about to let summertime slide into fall without a real, bonafide encore presentation of our beloved summer tradition:


In Good Hands
Saturdays September 11th, September 18th, and September 25th on our YouTube channel at 3PM.


Please note: dates and times in program are inaccurate.


Join us in celebrating talented student performers from across Oregon and Washington playing brand new music written by Cascadia Composer members in this special outreach project of Cascadia and the next generation of musicians!

The numbers show that this is our biggest In Good Hands concert yet with 17 teachers, 53 students ages 7 to 22, and 19 composers participating!

Many of the compositions will be premieres which were written specifically for the student performers, creating an extra special artistic connection.

The programs will include works for cello, flute, oboe, violin, voice and piano.


September 11th, 3:00PM (PDT):

Music By: Timothy O’Brien, David Bernstein, Paul Safar, Liz Nedela, Ally Rose Czyzewicz, John DeRuntz Jr., Lisa Neher, Dianne Davies, Elizabeth Dyson, Walter Saul, Carla Bartlett, Jan Mittelstaedt, Greg Steinke, Linda Woody, Jennifer Wright


September 18th, 3:00PM (PDT)

Music By: Liz Nedela, Carla Bartlett, Lisa Neher, Jan Mittelstaedt, Nicholas Yandell, David Bernstein, John DeRuntz Jr., Daniel Brugh, Linda Woody, Dianne Davies, Timothy Arliss O’Brien, John Hidalgo

September 25th, 3:00PM (PDT)

Music By: Jan Mittelstaedt, Lisa Neher, John DeRuntz Jr., Carla Bartlett, David Bernstein, Elizabeth Dyson, Liz Nedela, Dianne Davies, Nicholas Yandell, Walter Saul, Ted Clifford, Timothy Arliss O’Brien


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NACUSA 2021 Virtual New Music Festival

NACUSA 2021 Virtual New Music Festival

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In Good Hands 2021

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