History of Ethos

Ethos is a community-based organization that has been shaped by the involvement of hundreds of volunteers, community partners, parents, former staff and board members. Ethos was officially organized in 1998 by Charles Lewis and a dedicated group of volunteer staff members and instructors in direct response to state funding cuts for arts education. Our founders chose the name “Ethos” because their artistic vision was built on the philosophy that music education has the power to change thoughts, moods and actions. The first classes were offered in a University of Portland classroom. Ethos has since purchased its North Portland headquarters and has grown to become one of Oregon’s largest arts education sources.

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Ethos’ programs and services reflect the cultural diversity of our community. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status.
Ethos is currently closed for all in-person lessons and classes due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We look forward to seeing you in the near future. In the meantime, please contact us at lessons@ethos.org to inquire about video lessons! Stay well and make music!