Music Program


"Positively affecting lives through music and learning.”

The vision of the Lane Music Department is to be a dynamic, thriving and comprehensive music program, structured around our music ensembles and core classes, that helps students further their musical and academic goals with a variety of course options that appeal to majors and non-majors alike.


Lane’s music department provides comprehensive, accessible, quality, learning‐centered educational and musical opportunities for a diverse body of students. Our experienced and dedicated faculty and staff provide a high quality, student-centered program so that students can:

• Transfer to colleges and universities as music majors
• Seek further training and study in the field of Music that includes Music Technology and Commercial Music production 
• Pursue a professional career in music performance, composition, music education, music therapy, music technology/audio engineering, music management and entertainment industries, and related fields
• Enrich their general education and lives with the experience of music
• Learn to take risks, develop their artistry, and deepen their ability to communicate effectively and connect with others through music
• Contribute to the support and growth of the performing arts in the community.

Our program supports the following instructional areas:

 instrumental music
vocal music    
  music education    
  music technology/audio engineering
   jazz studies     
 music theory  
  music history

Our program provides music majors with a solid foundation of core classes (music theory, sight-reading/ear training and keyboard skills), private lessons, and ensemble experiences to help them understand the responsibilities, personal integrity, and work ethic required to become well-rounded musicians, successfully transfer to four-year institutions, and succeed in the field.

Did You Know-

  • The Lane Music, Dance and Theatre Arts Department has the largest community college music program in Oregon.
  • Every year the Lane Music, Dance and Theatre Arts Department awards over $18,000 in music scholarships plus 18- Talent Grants (pay 12-credits of tuition) and an additional $5,000 in individual lesson scholarships available each year.
  • Lane's music program is designed so that, upon completion, music students can transfer to any Oregon state college or university as a junior.
  • The Instruction at Lane is top quality. The highly-skilled instructors provide a personal, caring atmosphere in which student growth and success are given first priority.

Music Ensembles:

Ensembles are fun to participate in and help build a sense of camaraderie between students. Interested in joining our community? One of our ensembles may be just the right choice for you!

Symphonic Band - Comprised of brass, woodwinds and percussion, this group plays all styles of band literature. No audition required.

Chamber OrchestraOn hiatus - A small, classical-sized orchestra from 35-40 players, consisting of strings, winds, brass and percussion (mainly timpani). The group performs repertoire from the baroque period to 20th century. Instructor consent required.

Jazz Ensemble - Limited to six saxophones, five trumpets, five trombones, piano, bass, guitar, and drum set. Players in this group are also members of Symphonic Band. Audition required.

Jazz Combos - This course is for instrumentalists/vocalists wishing to study jazz in a small group (combo) setting. Emphasis is placed on performance as well as elements of jazz theory. No audition required.

Concert Choir - Large mixed chorus singing a variety of music. No audition required.

Chamber Choir - Small group of advanced singers exploring music from the Medieval period to the present. Audition required.

For audition information, dates, and times contact
Matt Svoboda for Concert and Chamber Choir at (541) 463-5736

Talent Grants:

A talent grant is a scholarship equivalent to 12 credits. These grants are awarded on the basis of talent, attitude and work ethic. Any student who substantially contributes to at least two Lane performing ensembles is eligible; grants are not limited to music majors. The grants are awarded by audition for Winter and Spring terms. A total of 18 grants are given for instrumental and vocal students.

Individual Lesson Scholarships:

Music majors are required to take private lessons. For the hardworking student, the music department uses concert proceeds to help defray the cost of private instruction. The amount awarded varies depending upon ticket sales. Individual Lesson scholarships are awarded by audition for Winter and Spring terms.

For more information about any aspect of the music program, contact any of the music faculty.