• Why Choose Music
  • Careers
  • Outreach
  • Co-Curricular Ensembles
  • Choirs
  • Why Should You Get a Degree in Music?

    The music program provides students an opportunity to learn, grow, and engage. You will learn common knowledge that all musicians use to speak about and perform music as a professional. You will grow in your art and become the musician you wish to become. You will gain the knowledge needed to engage the community around you in music so that your talent is shared with those who need it most. The Music program at LBCC offers students academic opportunities in music and gives them a chance to participate in top-quality performing ensembles, including the LBCC Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and co-curricular vocal a cappella groups. Students can also participate in instrumental ensembles in cooperation with the Oregon State University Music Department. Auditions may be required for some performance ensembles. Students can work on individual music skills and take some of the preliminary music courses needed for transfer to a four-year college or university. Upon graduation, they can enter the world of the music business, education or musical theater.

    Graduate Spotlight

    Joshua Rist directing a choir Headshot of Joshua Rist Joshua Rist waving to an audience afer a performance

    Joshua Rist, Composer/Educator - McNary High School Choral Director

    "I would not be able to do what I love everyday without LBCC. When I first joined LBCC, a friend convinced me to drop into the choir room to meet the choir director. The choir director welcomed me and asked me to sing for him on the spot. I was nervous but he believed in me and insisted that I sign up for choir. I remember leaving that room thinking to myself, "I'm a singer now!" Singing in the LBCC choir is one of the most cherished memories of my life. It made me feel like I was a part of a real community, like I was integral to something bigger than myself, and it opened up my senses and spirit to a whole new level of aesthetic experience that left a deep and life-altering impression on me. My experience at LBCC was the first step in my decision to pursue a career in choral music education. It lit a fire in my soul that I work diligently to pass on to my students. I feel incredibly fortunate to make art and influence young people to become their best selves on a daily basis, and I have to give credit to LBCC for helping me discover my passion and calling."

  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon. For more information go to our Career Coach page.

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  • Boys and Girls Club Programs

    We believe in helping you become a smarter and more accomplished musician. But, we also believe that music is meant to be shared. Your passion for music should not only benefit you but the community around you.

    Since Fall of 2016, Linn-Benton Community College Music and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Corvallis and Albany have collaborated on an after-school music program that serves the students of the area. Each week, four Music Education majors at LBCC, go out to BGC-Albany and BGC-Corvallis to teach a general music program from students grades 2-5. It is our chance to share our passion with those around us.

    Share your passion. Join LBCC music.

  • Co-Curricular Ensembles

    The Linn-Benton Community College Music Program is currently home to two Contemporary Vocal A cappella Ensembles, The Sirens and Blue Light Special.

    What is Contemporary Vocal A cappella?

    A cappella was the first music, and has always been an important part of popular culture, from Madrigals to Barbershop to Doo Wop. Now we call it "Contemporary A cappella" and it covers pretty much every style of music around the globe, including rock, pop, R&B, hip-hop, country, jazz, etc.

    There are tens of thousands of Contemporary A cappella groups around the US and world, ranging from high school and college ensembles to professionals and recreational groups. There are also countless fans of Contemporary A cappella, some who sang, and others who are familiar with the style having seen it on TV (The Sing-Off, Pitch Perfect, Glee), heard it on the radio, watched it at a local festival, etc (Courtesy of

    What We Do?

    We make music, arrange many of our own songs and songs popular today, sing, compete, beat-box, and more!

    The Blue Light Specials Performing

    Blue Light Special

    Blue Light Special is an auditioned, all male, vocal a cappella ensemble of approximately twelve young men performing throughout the Willamette Valley. This ensemble rehearses on their own and with music faculty.

    The ensemble has been one of only three community college ensembles selected to compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A cappella Quarterfinals for the past three years!

    In addition to competing locally and nationally, they continue to do a lot of work and performance within the local community.

    The Sirens Performing

    The Sirens

    The Sirens is an auditioned, all female, vocal a cappella ensemble of approximately twelve young women performing throughout the Willamette Valley. This ensemble rehearses on their own and with music faculty.

    The Sirens has been one of only three community college ensembles selected to compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A cappella Quarterfinals for the past three years!

    In addition to competing locally and nationally, they continue to do a lot of work and performing within the local community.

  • Chamber & Concert Choirs

    The Linn-Benton Community College Music Program is currently home to several choral music ensembles. These ensembles represent a variety of students from almost every major at Linn-Benton Community College.

    Every student brings their own unique background and talent to each ensemble participating in one of the most comprehensive choral music programs in any Oregon Community College. These ensembles travel across the region and world, winning Gold and first-place in many competitions.

    The Chamber Choir in their performance attire

    Chamber Choir

    The Chamber Choir is our vocal chamber ensemble here at Linn-Benton Community College. The singers in this ensemble are selected based on audition and perform works from across the choral repertoire. This ensemble has represented LBCC in several festivals - locally, domestically, and internationally - with many invitations to perform around the state including the Oregon State Senate, the Oregon School Boards Association Conference, and the Oregon Music Educators Convention.

    In 2010, the ensemble received 2nd Place in the American Prize for Choral Performance, the only community college ensemble to receive a national ranking. In 2014, the Chamber Choir was recognized as an "Honored Artist" of the American Prize. From the American Prize website: "Honored Artists" are individuals or organizations who have proven themselves to be of "sustained excellence" over a number of seasons as contestants in the competitions.

    The LBCC Chamber Choir was one of the top-scoring choirs of the American International Choral Festival competing in the Grand Prix! In 2012, the ensemble performed as part of the 2012 Summer Olympic festivities in London, UK. In 2014, the ensemble received 2nd Place (Gold Level 3) in Sacred A cappella Music and were named Category Winners/World Champions in the Mixed Choir Category at the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. In 2017, the ensemble received Gold in the Mixed Chamber Choir and Sacred Music categories of the 10th Johannes Brahms International Choral Competition in Wernigerode, Germany. The Chamber was also a category winner in the Mixed Chamber Choir division!

    Concert Choir Practicing before a performance

    Concert Choir

    The Concert Choir is a large, un-auditioned mixed voice ensemble of approximately 60 - 90 singers performing works from across the choral repertoire. The ensemble represented LBCC in several festivals throughout the Northwest and has been recognized as one of the Northwest's top choral ensembles.

    The choir performs both smaller and larger works with students from almost every major offered at LBCC. In 2013 and 2014, the ensemble was selected as a semifinalist in the American Prize in Choral Performance. In 2014, the ensemble received 4th Place in the Musica Contemporanea Category at the 8th World Choir Games and qualified for the Champions Competition.


    Raymund is a conductor with experience leading choirs of different age levels and talents. Raymund began his appointment as Music Faculty and Director of Choral Studies at Linn-Benton Community College in Fall 2015. Raymund received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of South Florida under the guidance of Dr. James Bass. He received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where he studied with Dr. René Clausen and Dr. Paul Nesheim.

    Raymond's Instructor Website

    Raymond Ocampo
    Craig teaches organ and piano at both LBCC and Oregon State University. Prior to coming to Corvallis Craig lived in Japan and Switzerland. Craig is founder the Amore Concert Series in Corvallis. Craig studied piano and organ at San Diego State University and received an organ diploma from the Conservatory of Music in Basel, Switzerland. In addition to organ and piano, he plays harpsichord, fortepiano and clavichord, speaks nine languages, and is an avid photographer, biker and outdoorsman.

    Craig's Instructor Website

    Craig Hanson
    Patty earned her Bachelor of Music at Oregon State University, with an emphasis on vocal music. Performing has played a big part in Patty's life and she has enjoyed singing as a soloist with many choirs. Equally important to her is helping singers find their true voices. Patty teaches students of all ages and takes great pleasure in helping them achieve their vocal potential and the self-confidence that comes with that endeavor.

    Patty's Instructor Website

    Patty Gerig
    Jason holds a B.S. in Voice from the State University of New York at Fredonia and an M.M. in Choral Conduction from the University of Oregon. Jason has performed in many contemporary a cappella groups, including the New York Swing Exchange, and is currently the founder/primary arranger for the award-winning a cappella group Rezonate.

    Jason's Instructor Website

    Jason Caffarella
    Olem began playing guitar as a young child learning blues and rock from local Eugene musicians. Olem studied at the University of Oregon where he received a bachelor of arts in music and a masters degree in Jazz studies. Olem has recorded several albums over the years including a jazz trio album entitled "standards" released in 2014 and a jazz/fusion album with his band Inner Limits entitled "Inner Limits" in 2014.

    Olem's Instructor Website

    Olem Alves
    Mark is a saxophonist and music educator who is comfortable in both the classical and jazz genres. He also doubles on clarinet and flute. He has over 20 years of experience teaching students of all age groups. Mark won the Rocky Mountain Concerto Competition in 2013 and has since performed as a soloist with the University of Northern Colorado Wind Ensemble and with the UNC Symphony Orchestra. He stresses musicality and keeps classes fun for students.
    Mark Pipes
    Abigail Sperling (DMA) is the Professor of Flute at Linfield College in McMinnville, the Coordinator, Winds & Percussion and Instructor of Flute at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, OR, and the Instructor of Flute at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany. Abigail received her doctorate in 2016 from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, where she studied with Professor Uwe Grodd. She has taught several university classes including Flute Methodology, Audition Skills, Performance Seminars, and supervised work of Performance Master’s students.
    Abigial Sperling (DMA)