Sylvania CT 216 | 971-722-4264 or 971-722-4759 | Faculty Chair: John Mery | Admin. Asst.: Selena Niles

The Sylvania Music Program offers a large array of courses. From two full years of university transfer major-level courses to general interest courses for those looking to learn more about music. Many of our courses fulfill General Education and Cultural Literacy requirements. Sylvania Music often partners with other Sylvania disciplines in the humanities, arts and sciences.

Our students have successfully transferred and completed degrees from many institutions across the nation including Berkelee School of Music, New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Portland State University, University of Oregon, and Lewis and Clark College. Some of our students have completed coursework at PCC Sylvania and have gone on to successful performance and recording careers.

What we offer

We offer large and small vocal and instrumental ensembles including the Sylvania Voices of Soul, the Sylvania Symphonic Band, and the Sylvania Chamber Ensemble. Ensembles are open to all students but may require audition.

The Sylvania Music Program in collaboration with Sylvania Dance and Theatre Arts produces a main stage musical production every two years. The 2019 Sylvania Musical will be Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Private music lessons through Sylvania

Sylvania music faculty members Julianne Johnson-Weiss (vocals) and John Mery (guitar) offer private music lessons at the major level for credit. These are juried lessons that have performance requirements each term.

  • Julianne Johnson-Weiss specializes in vocal lessons in a variety of popular styles including jazz, soul, gospel and musical theatre. She is also classically trained and a graduate of the University of Portland. Julianne has performed for large and enthusiastic audiences nationally and internationally and is a successful recording artist. She can be reached at
  • John Mery specializes in classical guitar and teaches many styles including electric rock guitar, jazz, folk, bossa nova, choro, tango and applied improvisation and fretboard theory. John has released a dozen recordings, both as a soloist and with his group the Oregon Guitar Quartet – his recordings have received critical acclaim and are popular on streaming services. John has performing nationally and internationally including the Guitar Foundation of America International Conference, Chamber Music Northwest, International College Music Society and multiple tours of Costa Rica. Locally he has performed with the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera. John is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Specialized classes

PCC Sylvania offers specialized courses such as STEM Guitar Build, Intro to Music of Latin America, Guitarology, and Guitar Clinic. We also offer courses in digital music technology and live sound reinforcement.

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Sylvania Music Program events

2018-2019 program concerts
All concerts are at 6:30-8pm in the PAC
Term Date Ensemble
Fall 2018 Monday, November 26 PCC Music
Tuesday, December 4 PCC Voice
Winter 2019 Monday, March 11 PCC Music
Tuesday, March 12 PCC Voice
Spring 2019 Monday, June 3 PCC Music
Tuesday, June 4 PCC Voice