Gregory M. Strum

About Me

I have recently retired after practicing medicine for 30 years as an orthopedic surgeon.  My musical training began at age 6 with the faculty at Millikan University, studying classical piano, until the age of 15.  I began playing clarinet at age 11 and played in concert and jazz bands through my first year of college.  I began playing guitar at age 12 and added bass guitar and saxophone in high school.  I had begun composing by age 13 and arranging and orchestrating by age 15.  I began organizing “groups” and bands by age 11 and continued a short time into college.  I bought my first microphone and tape recorder at age 12.  My early musical influences were Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven.  Then came The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, and Chicago (and a bunch more).  Then I had a decision to make, and headed to medical school instead of to music school or the road. 

In the late 80s and early 90s I resumed private study of piano and composition with the faculty of Willamette University.  In 1997 I recorded and produced an album of my own compositions.  You can check it out at – Gregory M. Strum.  From 2001 through 2003 I completed the core course work and performance requirements for a bachelor’s degree in music.  From 2003 to 2004 I took further undergraduate and graduate courses at Portland State University.  Overall, my continued studies have included piano, woodwinds, percussion, composition, digital music technology, jazz theory, orchestration (instrumental and choral), and conducting (instrumental and choral).

In the past 2 years I have taken beginning and intermediate sound engineering classes, and participated in an all-day recording workshop, at Sprout Studios in Eugene.  I have spent innumerable hours observing and participating in recording and mixing sessions at Wavelength Studios in Salem.  I have also completed a large number of online courses and web-based learning resources, which I continue on a regular basis.