Oregon Chorale

Appears on: Comfort and Joy: A Classical Christmas

The Oregon Chorale is a sixty-voice symphonic choir directed by Jason Sabino. Founded by Bernie Kuehn and based in Hillsboro, OR, the Oregon Chorale has been delighting audiences since 1985, performing choral music from around the world and maintaining an appreciation for technique while exhibiting flexibility of musical style. The passion for singing challenging, beautiful music is matched only by a love of the community and the fun created together. The Chorale has sung in over 40 languages, traveled all over the world, and are constantly looking for the next big work to perform. Its formal concerts showcase a variety of styles from Classical to Baroque, Renaissance to Contemporary. Less formal presentations include world folk music, spirituals, dinner theater, and staged shows.

The Chorale has toured in Europe six times (1989, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2014) and has produced four CDs. It performs six concerts per year, every year since its inception, including seven original musicals under the direction of Linda Needham. In addition to its regular concert series, the Chorale has performed regularly in the Grotto’s Festival of Lights and other choral events from Astoria to Hillsboro to Portland.

The Chorale is committed to fostering the musical development of young people in Washington County. The internship program started in 2000, and continues to offer twelve talented high school singers the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the Chorale each year.