About CDZ Collegium Musica

Casa Della Zisa Collegium Musica is a non-profit is a 501(c) non-profit dedicated to bringing community together through music and cultural exchange. Dr. Peter Zisa first created Casa Della Zisa in 2016 as a space devoted to cultivating the appreciation of music education in the Portland community in honor of his father, Joseph Zisa, who supported, shaped, and inspired Peter’s education and professional growth through each step of the way. Dr. Zisa founded Casa Della Zisa Collegium Musica as a way not only to honor his late father but as a way of sharing his legacy with the community by advancing the appreciation of music and education through public music performance, public lectures and community discussions on an array of subjects related to music, the arts, history, culture, and education. CDZ has grown substantially over the years and is proud to offer concert series each month, outreach to schools, and educational workshops on a variety of topics; i.e., cooking, yoga, card making, bee stewardship. CDZ is also committed to helping aspiring young musicians find quality instruments so they can further pursue their passion.

Through public music performance, public lectures and community discussions on an array of subjects related to music, the arts, history, culture, and education, Casa Della Zisa Collegium Musica offers the following programs as a nonprofit arts organization (please visit our Performance page for upcoming events):

  • Monthly public music performances are held at the Casa Della Zisa featuring local and visiting artists.
  • Collegium’s mission is to support, cultivate and promote music education and performance for children and young people (ages: 8-18) through educational programs, performances,  awarded scholarships and activities.
  • Artist in Residence Program: A sustainable internship program to send professional performing artists and educators, who recently graduated with a music degree, to present educational music programs and conduct music workshops at k-12 schools.
  • Special Community Programs – such as Season Of Lights Holiday Concert and Feria de Portland (Flamenco Festival) – which are educational and multi-cultural.

If you believe in Music & Education – music in education, music as education, as cultural archeology, community building, and an opportunity to meet new friends, please consider contributing (volunteer help or donations) to CDZ Collegium Musica. Contact Dr. Peter Zisa for more information.