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Bob Priest, Ph.D.

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Department of Art, Music and Creative Arts Therapies


Ph.D. in Music Composition, University of Victoria
MM in Composition and Theory, University of Washington
BM, Classical Guitar, North Carolina School of the Arts

Additional Training

Paris Conservatory, class of Olivier Messiaen

Composition studies with Witold Lutoslawski and Robert Ward

Classical guitar studies with Pepe Romero & Andres Segovia (Master Class)




Bob Priest is the founder and artistic director of the Seattle Spring Festival of Contemporary Music & World Arts. He's also the artistic director of Free Marz String Trio of Portland, Oregon.

Awards and Fellowships

Fulbright Scholar, Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, Poland
MacDowell Colony
National Endowment for the Arts



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Belluschi Pavilion Featured in Preservation Magazine

The Belluschi Pavilion, a mid-century modern house moved to the Marylhurst campus, was featured in the fall 2015 issue of Preservation Magazine.

Blake Shell Joins RACC Award Panel

Blake Shell, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director & Curator of The Art Gym & Belluschi Pavilion, was invited to be a panelist for selecting the 2015 Individual Fellowship Award for The Regional Arts & Culture Council.


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October 04, 2015 – December 05, 2015

Kartz Ucci Retrospective at The Art Gym

The Art Gym will present a retrospective exhibition of the work of Kartz Ucci, a talented and prolific artist who passed away in 2013 at 52 years o...


October 07, 2015 – December 16, 2015

The Planets: Paintings by Sarah Anne Burns

Sarah Anne Burns, BFA ’07 will present hundreds of watercolors in her series: The Planets. The paintings are a departure from Burns' other bodies...


November 26, 2015 – November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving Holiday

University closed Thursday & Friday. Saturday and Sunday, the campus and Shoen Library will be open. The Marylhurst University community wishes y...


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