The Music program at LBCC offers students academic opportunities in music, and gives them a chance to participate in top-quality performing ensembles. On campus, students can work on individual music skills and begin some of the preliminary music courses for transfer to a four-year college or university, or enter the work of music business, education or musical theater.
Students also have the opportunity to perform in several vocal and instrumental ensembles. The LBCC Concert Choir and Chamber Choir are on campus, and students can perform in instrumental groups in cooperation with the Music Department at Oregon State University. Auditions may be required for some performance ensembles. Also, co-curricular vocal a cappella ensembles are available.
The Associate of Science (AS) degree in Music is designed for students planning to transfer to Oregon State University to pursue a degree in Music or Liberal Arts. Students interested in this option are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Degree Partnership Program (DPP) as there may be some classes that are only taught at OSU.
The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree does not include program requirements. It is important that students identify the program requirements for the school they plan on transferring to and focus on those classes at LBCC.
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."