Portland State University Chamber Choir

Appears on: Amadeus in Concert

The Portland State University Chamber Choir is the top choral ensemble at Portland State. Since its founding in 1975, the Chamber Choir has performed and competed in venues across the country and around the world. In 2013, the Chamber Choir competed in the Seghizzi International Competition for Choral Singing in Gorizia, Italy, where they earned 15 separate awards and became the first American choir ever to win the Grand Prize in the competition’s 52-year history. In 1999 and 2005, the Chamber Choir won four medals at choral competitions in Martkoberdorf, Germany. The Chamber Choir appeared at national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association in 1985, 1997, and 2003. The choir has also appeared at conferences for the National Association for Music Education and the International Society for Music Education. The Chamber Choir will compete at the International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River, Canada, this summer, and at the Tolosa Choral Contest in Tolosa, Spain, next fall. The group has collaborated with leading conductors such as Frieder Bernius, Andrew Parrot, Robert Shaw, James DePreist, Carlos Kalmar, 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 they released the first English language recordings of the choral music of Veljo Tormis, at the request of Tormis himself. In February 2011, the Chamber Choir collaborated with Portland-born composer Morten Lauridsen, who described their singing as “an absolutely top-notch superb display of choral artistry.” The Chamber Choir’s 2012 album A Drop in the Ocean was favorably reviewed and featured in both Fanfare and Stereophile magazines, and was a finalist for the 2012 American Prize in Choral Music. The Chamber Choir’s newest album, Into Unknown Worlds, was released in September 2014 and is on sale now.