About the Choir
Classics Today calls The Portland State Chamber Choir “amongst the finest choirs in the world.” Since its founding in 1975, the Chamber Choir has performed and competed in venues across the country and around the world, earning over 30 medals and awards in international choir competitions including being the only American choir to have won the Seghizzi International Competition for Choral Singing in Italy in 2013, and the Bali International Choral Festival in Indonesia in 2017.
The Chamber Choir’s 2013 recording Into Unknown Worlds was the first student choral album to make Stereophile’s list “Recordings to Die For.” Their 2017 recording The Doors of Heaven was the first University choral album to hit #1 on the Billboard Classical Chart and also took second place for the American Prize. A new recording of music by Eriks Esenvalds will be released in March, 2020 by Naxos, the largest Classical music label in the world.
The Chamber Choir has performed multiple times at National and Divisional Conferences of the American Choral Director’s Association and The National Association for Music Education, and hosted the 2014 National Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. They perform regularly with The Oregon Symphony and this Summer will represent the United States at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand.
Ethan Sperry is the Barre Stoll Professor of Choral Music at Portland State University, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oregon Repertory Singers, and editor of the Global Rhythms series for earthsongs music, one of the best-selling choral series in the world. Choirs under his direction have performed at over a dozen ACDA and NAfME Conferences, toured over twenty foreign countries and sung at The Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center, and the United Nations. Sperry has been a frequent guest conductor for composer A. R. Rahman including his performance at the 2007 Filmfare Awards, the Indian equivalent of the Oscars. Sperry also serves as a consultant for the KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, the first classical music school in India, which opened in 2009.
The 2019-2020 Portland State Chamber Choir