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.
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.