James McQuillen

Author's Entries

  • Hilmar Grondahl (1899-1984)

    Hilmar Grondahl, an advocate for the arts and member of the Oregon Arts Commission, was the classical music critic for the Oregonian for forty-five years. Born on Portland’s Mount Tabor on April 5, 1899, Grondahl grew up in a musical family: both parents sang, his brother played violin, and …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Portland Youth Philharmonic

    Established in 1924, the Portland Youth Philharmonic is the oldest youth orchestra in the United States. Its origins date to 1919, when violin teacher Mary V. Dodge—former leader of the Harney County Sagebrush Symphony—became the music director of Portland's Irvington School. In addition to the school's orchestra, she …

    Oregon Encyclopedia