Northwest Community Gospel Chorus

Appears on: Gospel Christmas

The Northwest Community Gospel Chorus is a gifted, multicultural group of all ages and includes singers and musicians from the Gospel Music Workshop of America, as well as churches and various other music ministries in Portland and surrounding cities. It originally came together to perform at the Oregon Symphony’s first Gospel Christmas concert on Dec. 18, 1999, and has performed at Gospel Christmas every year since.

The choir gathers each fall, under the leadership of its music director, Gary Hemenway, to prepare for its December concerts with the Oregon Symphony and conductor Charles Floyd. As they share their gifts each holiday season, chorus members remain dedicated to the perpetuation of gospel music and bringing energy and joy to every song. After a dozen years, the chorus stands as a living example of how people of all races, religions, and backgrounds can come together.