2022 Northwest Regional Conference (34th)

34th Northwest Regional Conference
April 22–23, 2022
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon

Non-Member: $135.00
Regular Member: $70.00
Retired Member: $10.00
Student Member: $0.00

Registration Deadline for Presenters & Composers: 12 noon Mountain Time on Tuesday, March 1, 2022
    * All presenters, performers, panelists, collaborators, & composers whose works will be performed on the program must register before this deadline

Online Registration Closes: 12 noon Mountain Time on Thursday, April 7, 2022
    * Attendees must register on site after this (a late fee will apply)

Cancellation Deadline: 12 noon Mountain Time on Thursday, April 7, 2022 (see terms & conditions for details)

Innovation through Diversity: Music Education for the Future
Raúl Gómez-Rojas

Raul Gomez Rojas Raúl Gómez-Rojas reflects on the meaning of diversity in music performance and education. Beyond racial and cultural representation, diversity can be a powerful driving force for innovation in the field. Diversity of skills, thought and approach are key factors in evolving our educational systems to prepare music professionals who are adequately equipped for tomorrow's challenges and opportunities.

Raúl Gómez-Rojas is passionate about building community and creating joy through his work as an orchestral conductor, violinist/violist, educator, radio producer and public speaker.

Lauded as a “visionary conductor” (Oregon ArtsWatch), Raúl inspires audiences and artists of all ages and backgrounds to use music as a vehicle for connecting with others. Recent highlights include performances with the Oregon Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and guest artists as diverse as Regina Carter, Stewart Copeland, Boyz 2 Men, Lyle Lovett, The Tenors, Kermit Ruffins, the 610 Stompers, Rick Springfield and more. As Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland, Oregon, Raúl “creates concert programs that any forward-looking orchestra should envy." (Willamette Week), and leads a team of 12 conductors serving over 500 students in 14 ensembles.

Starting in 2020, Raúl joined All Classical Portland as a Contributing Host and Producer for "On Deck with Young Musicians," a program that features interviews with young musicians in the Portland area. Also, Raúl serves as the co-host of SoundPost, a podcast by the Orchestra of the Americas, along with Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto. The roster of guests on the podcast includes luminaries such as Yo-Yo Ma, Gabriela Montero and Gil Shaham. Raúl also serves as the host of bi-weekly MYS Virtual Hangouts, livestreamed on the MYS YouTube channel. Guests interviewed include Pulitzer-prize winning composer Caroline Shaw, MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Regina Carter, and leading artists such as Monica Huggett, Johannes Moser, Gabriela Lena Frank, Colin Currie and more.

Raúl was selected as one of six conductors to be featured in the League of American Orchestra's 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, after competing for the honor with nearly 150 applicants from around the world. Conductors were selected for their "experience, talent, leadership, and commitment to a career in service to American orchestras."

With MYS, Raúl conducted the US West Coast and European premieres of Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1 in 2019. He also led the creation of “The Authentic Voice,” a collaboration with FearNoMusic’s Young Composers Project, through which MYS commissions, performs and records full orchestra works by promising young composers.

Raúl has previously served in artistic and musical leadership positions with the Orchestra of the Americas, Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra, Premier Orchestral Institute, Louisiana Sinfonietta and Kids' Orchestra (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). A native of Costa Rica, Raúl received full scholarships to complete graduate degrees (DMA, MM) at Louisiana State University, where he studied with Carlos Riazuelo (conducting), Kevork Mardirossian and Espen Lilleslåtten (violin/viola). Additional conducting training includes a fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and numerous masterclasses with leading conductors.

The conference hotel is:
The Hotel Zags Portland ****
515 SW Clay Street
Portland, OR 97201

* The hotel is only 3 blocks from Lincoln Hall (a 5 minute walk)

The discounted nightly rate is $139 plus taxes and fees.
* Rate includes complimentary Wi-Fi

How to Reserve
To receive the negotiated discount, conference attendees should click here to make their hotel reservation online. You will note that the online reservation feature only allows for booking on Friday and Saturday nights. If you will be arriving on Thursday, please make your online reservation for Friday and Saturday, then contact the hotel with your confirmation number to extend your stay for Thursday (they will honor the conference rate for the added night).

Reservation Deadline
Rooms are being held until Wednesday, March 23, 2022,So please book before then!

Hotel Parking
Parking overnight at Hotel Zags is quite expensive($42/night). Guests can park at PSU instead. (see PSU parking information)

Conference Location
Portland State University
School of Music & Theater
Lincoln Hall
1620 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97207

  • Click here for a map of the Portland State University campus.
  • Click here for parking information.
  • Public transportation is recommended with trains and buses offering consistent routes daily. Click here for information on Trimet, Portland’s official bus, light rail and commuter rail service.
  • E-bike rental is a great way to get around downtown. Click here for information regarding affordable bicycle rentals through Biketown.

Portland International Airport
7700 NE Airport Way
Portland OR 97218

Car Rental
Rental cars companies available at Airport include:
1. Alamo 844-366-0497
2. Avis 503-249-4950
3. Budget 503-249-4950
4. Dollar Rental Car 503-249-4792
5. Enterprise 503-252-1500
6. Hertz 503-528-7900
7. National 800-227-7368
8. Payless 503-288-8050
9. Sixt 503-498-6455
10.Thrify 503-528-7900
11. Zipcar 866-494-7887

1. Park Avenue Cafe
1 block from Lincoln Hall (3 minute walk)
European-style cafe featuring soups, sandwiches, salads, and desserts
1535 Park Ave., Portland, OR
(corner of SW Market &SW Park)

2. McMenamin’s Market Street Pub
2 blocks from Lincoln Hall (5 minute walk)
Traditional pub food
1526 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR

3. Cafe Yumm at PSU Rec Center
3 blocks from Lincoln Hall (5 minute walk)
Rice bowls, salads, bentos, and wraps
1806 6th Ave., Portland, OR

4. Library Taphouse & Kitchen
3 blocks from Lincoln Hall (5 minute walk)
Burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups, and 98 beers on draft
615 SW Harrison St, Suite B,
Portland, OR

5. Thai Chili Jam
7 blocks from Lincoln Hall (10 minute walk)
Thai stir fries, curries, and noodle dishes
1243 SW Jefferson St.
Portland, OR 97201

6. Veggie Grill
10 blocks from Lincoln Hall (12 minute walk)
Vegetarian comfort food
508 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR

7. Duck House Chinese Restaurant
9 blocks from Lincoln Hall (12 minute walk)
Sichuan-focused menu
1968 SW 5th Ave., Portland, OR 97201

8. Green Zebra Grocery
1 block from Lincoln Hall (3 minute walk)
Quick lunch & breakfast items
Green Zebra Grocery
1704 SW Broadway Ave.

1.Attend PSU’s Opera production of Merry Wives of Windsor
Lincoln Hall 175, Friday and Saturday evening, and Sunday matinees that weekend

2.Attend Oregon Symphony with Joshua Bell 
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Saturday evening and Sunday matinees that weekend
1037 SW Broadway Ave.

3.Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave.

4.Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave.

5.Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett Street

6.Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside Street

7.Pittock Mansion
3229 NW Pittock Drive

8.Forest Park
NW 29th Ave. & Upshur Street to Newberry Road

Event Summary

Event Date 04-23-2022
Event End Date 04-23-2022
Cut off date 04-07-2022 12:00 pm
Individual Price $135.00
Location Portland State University

Registration is closed.