Civil Rights activist Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta, daughter Yolanda, 5, & Martin Luther III, 3, sitting together as they play piano in their livingroom. (Photo by Donald Uhrbrock/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Mission and Organizational Philosophy

Founded in 1998 by a dedicated group of volunteers, Ethos was started in direct response to budget cuts that eliminated arts education from public schools in Oregon.  Since our humble beginnings in the basement of the University of Portland to our 13 classroom headquarters on Killingsworth and Williams, Ethos was built on the principles of inclusion.  Reaching over 7,000 youth each year through in-school residencies, after-school programs and through private lessons, group classes and summer camps, Ethos is a responsive and community-based organization.

  • We believe that all children deserve the academic and social benefits of music education, regardless of their socioeconomic status, geographic location, race, ethnicity, religious belief, country of origin, abilities or disabilities, gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • We believe that music education has the power to create community and our differences should be valued, fostered and appreciated.
  • We believe in creating inclusive programming, responsive to the communities that we serve.

Ethos’ community is an ensemble of voices and beliefs and together we make music.  Thank you for your support and belief in the programs and core principles of Ethos, Inc.

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Notice of Non-Discrimination

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.