Assistant Professor

Office: 541-737-5599

Community Hall

Community Hall 304C

1650 SW Pioneer Place

1650 SW Pioneer Place
Corvallis, OR 97331
Professional Affiliations: 

Dana Reason is a Canadian-born composer, pianist, musicologist and music supervisor, working at the intersections of twenty-first century musical genres and interdisciplinary practices. Reason was part of The Space Between trio with the electronic music pioneer Pauline Oliveros; is documented on 18+ recordings, and has been long-listed for GRAMMY awards in jazz, arranging and classical music composition. As a film composer, arranger and performer, she contributed music to: Pioneers of African-American CinemaBirth of a Movement (PBS); Alice Guy Blachet Vol.2 (Kino Lorber); and Reconstruction: America After the Civil War” (PBS). She is currently an OSU Humanities Research Fellow 2021-2022. She is the coordinator of Popular Music Studies and (the forthcoming) Contemporary Music Industry program. She is currently Assistant Professor of Contemporary Music at Oregon State University. 

International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM), Vice President



PhD University of California at San Diego

MA Mills College

B.MUS McGill University


Additional Information: 


  • Roscoe Mitchell’s Distant Radio Transmission: Nonaah Trio with John C Savage and Catherine Lee, (Wide Hive Records, 2020)

  • John Heward Quintet: Improvisations, (Mode Records - Avant, 2019)

  • Reasoning with Mark Dresser, Mike Gamble, Lori Goldston and Peter Valsamis, (Dana Reason, 2014)

  • Angle of Vision with Glen Moore and Peter Valsamis, (482 Music, 2013)

  • Revealed with Dominic Duval and John Heward, (Circumvention Music, 2010)

  • Signs Of The Times: Women/Men (including Dana Reason Trio), (Jazziz, 2010)

  • You Go to My Head: High Bias REMIX, Dana Reason/Robert Ouimet Producers 2006

  • Fjellestad/Kowald/Reason/Robinson: Dual Resonance, (Circumvention Music, 2003)

  • The Space Between with Jöelle Léandre, (482 Music, 2003)

  • The Space Between with Matthew Sperry, (482 Music, 2003)

  • The Space Between with Barre Phillips, (482 Music, 2001)

  • Hans Fjellestad: Red Sauce Baby (as guest pianist), (Accretions, 2000)

  • The Space Between with Jon Raskin, (Sparkling Beatnik Records, 1999)

  • Musicworks 74: Soundscape Minimalism (including The Space Between Trio), (Musicworks, 1999)

  • Border Crossings, (Red Toucan 1997)

  • Ellis: Children in Peril (as guest pianist), (Music And Arts, 1997)

  • Primal Identity, (Deep Listening, 1996)

  • Philip Gelb: Purple Wind (as guest pianist), (Ryokan, 1996)

  • Da-Ro Re-Mix-Desire, (Da Grooves, 1994)

  • Hard into the Night- Remix, (Numuzik Inc., 1994)

  • Ya-Ya Re-Mix Mitsou, (Tox, 1994)

  • Deep Into Your Soul. Remix of Fan.cie, (Da Grooves, 1994)


  • Off the Road: Documentary film by Laurence Petit-Jouvet, France 2001, featuring musical collaborations with German bassist Peter Kowald

List of Major Festivals, Venues and Performances


Profile Field Tabs

Affiliated with: 
Music Department
Courses Taught: 

Sound Ecology (Honors College)

Film Music

Women in Music

Sonic Arts

Hip Hop Music & Culture

20th-21st Century Music History (Western)

Music Composition



Research/Career Interests: 

My areas of interest include American music; real-time music making; DIY and popular performance practice, improvisation, sound studies, jazz and gender, sound ecology, experimental and film music, music video, and all things involving collaboration. I also spend my time listening deeply for gender, race, and identity in music. My research is available through Routledge, Wesleyan University Press, Columbia University Jazz Studies, New Music Box, and Deep Listening Publications. Recordings available on MODE Records, Wide Hive Records, High Bias, 482 Music, and Red Toucan.

My Publications

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