Portland Adventist Academy has a rich and successful history of music. Students of all levels are encouraged and welcome to experience its gift.
Students can participate in Concert Band, Alegria, Choir, the Portland Adventist String Orchestra, and OPUS for beginners. They can challenge themselves through Music Theory & Guitar, and Performance & Production classes. They can also have a lot of fun in the Steel Drum Band, Gospel Choir Club, or the PAA Worship Band Club.
Naomi Woods heads our Music Department teaching Choir, Alegria, Band, Steel Drums, and leading our Praise & Worship club. Her love of music, students, and Jesus goes hand in hand with our Christ-centered, character-driven motto. “My number one job as a teacher is to spark a love of learning,” she says. “I want students to love learning about God, about music, and about how to reach people for God through music. I believe that all students are important and can learn music. I believe that students don’t have to choose between athletics or music but can be gifted in both areas. I believe that music should be fun and productive and that it can’t just be one or the other. I believe in the value of humor to educate and manage. I believe music is a core class of infinite value!”
All year long students in Concert Band, Choir, Alegria, Steel Drum Band, and String Orchestra prepare diligently for the annual spring music tour when they travel to places like San Francisco and Vancouver, British Columbia. While on tour, students perform at churches, schools, and special events. They also have the opportunity to snowboard at Whistler, picnic at the Golden Gate Bridge or spot a Canadian black bear in the wild. Nearly half the student body participates in music, emphasizing its value and worth.
I’ve grown a lot in Mr. Ellis’s guitar class. It’s given me a good base and it’s taught me the commitment needed to play an instrument seriously.
~ Jack Blashishin
Choir is fun. There are songs that we really get into and we just beat them to death. We really go all the way.
~ Jack Blashishin
Guitar & Theory / Performance & Production
Our Guitar & Theory, and Performance & Production students learn from young alumnus, Erik Peterson, a student of Tim Ellis. In these courses, students grow in their music abilities and potentially move on to demonstrate their growth in our professional recording studio, where they learn to engineer sound as professionals. Peterson helps students learn more than an instrument alone. His goal is to raise true musicians.
The Portland Adventist String Orchestra provides musical opportunities for serious and committed young musicians in our school and community. Students gain valuable experience and mentorship during their rehearsals and later take joy in the thrill of performing with world known soloists.
OPUS is a club for string musicians who are still learning and developing their skills. Students learn to play in a group setting so they may more easily move on to PASO when they are ready.
The Gospel Choir club offers students a chance to learn a unique singing style and praise God through cultural history. Drechelle McCray, also a gifted English teacher at PAA, shares her talent, passion, and love of Christ through music with these young singers.