Portland State Chamber Choir

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An absolutely top-notch superb display of choral artistry.” -Morten Lauridsen

 

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Accolades: The Portland State Chamber Choir was founded in 1976. Since that time the choir has performed at many prestigious venues, touring internationally and singing in the United States by invitation at National Conventions for the Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association, and The Society of International Music Educators. The Chamber Choir has been the sole American representative at International Choral Festivals in Tallinn, Estonia; Keffalonia, Greece; Mallorca, Spain; and, Prague, Czech Republic.

In 1999 and again in 2005, the Chamber Choir won four medals at international choral competitions in Martkoberdorf, Germany. In 1985 and 1997, the Chamber Choir appeared at the National Convention of American Choral Directors in San Diego, CA; and in February 2003, the Chamber Choir sang two performances at the National Convention at Carnegie Hall in New York City, receiving a dual standing ovations from over 6,000 choral directors. In the Summer of 2003, the Chamber Choir toured the Baltic Republics and Finland and worked with composers Veljo Tormis and Tonu Kaljuste.

The group has collaborated with such leading conductors as Frieder Bernius, Andrew Parrot, Robert Shaw, James DePreist, and Eric Ericson. The Chamber Choir has recorded on the Albany Label. In November 2003, the choir recorded the choral music of Margaret Garwood on the Hildegard Label; and in 2006 the Chamber Choir released the first English Language recordings of the choral music of Veljo Tormis, at the request of Tormis himself. This past February, the Chamber Choir collaborated with Portland-born composer Morten Lauridsen.