Marilyn Shotola

Marilyn Shotola, flutist and theorist, is Professor Emeritus in the Portland State University School of Music. She earned a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas. She performed in the New Mexico Symphony, Oregon Symphony and Britt Festival Orchestra. She has especially enjoyed playing chamber music, most notably in Trio Spectrum for fifteen years with Tomas Svoboda and Stan Stanford. Currently she is part of the jazz quartet Studio 909. 

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  • Jacob Avshalomov (1919-2013)

    Conductor and composer Jacob Avshalomov, leader of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for forty-one years, was a singular influence in the lives of over four thousand student musicians. Known to students as "Mister A," he was admired for his humor, tenaciousness, and his abiding love of music.  Avshalomov was born …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Norman Fowler Leyden (1917-2014)

    A major figure in Oregon's musical life, Norman Leyden was director of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra Pops Series for over thirty years, often playing his clarinet as well as conducting. Originally hired as associate conductor of the orchestra, he initiated the Pops Series and was given the lifetime title of …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • S. John Trudeau (1927-2008)

    Simeon John Trudeau Jr. was a major contributor to the musical life and culture of twentieth-century Oregon. A musician, conductor, and teacher, he was a founder of the Britt Music Festival in Jacksonville, the Portland Pops Orchestra, and the Portland Brass Ensemble. He was an advocate for the arts, especially …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Tomas Svoboda (1939-2022)

    Tomáš Svoboda was an internationally renowned composer, performer, professor, and conductor. He composed over two hundred works, including six symphonies; orchestral, choral, and vocal works; and diverse works for large and small ensembles, string quartets, and solo instruments, especially piano. His compositional style often combines Slavic folk elements with complex …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Wilma Froman Sheridan (1926–2023)

    Wilma Froman Sheridan was the first woman dean of a school within Portland State University. During her stewardship of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, from 1985 to 1991, she was a valuable leader and mentor to faculty and students. Throughout her career she was involved in community, state, …

    Oregon Encyclopedia