Appears on: Big Band and Beethoven: New Year’s Celebration
Choral music at Portland State University now includes six choirs with over 300 singers. Members of three of those choirs are featured in these performances: Rose Choir (tenor/bass choir), Thorn Choir (soprano/alto choir), and the Portland State Chamber 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 (2013), and the Bali International Choral Festival in Indonesia in (2017). 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 in 2014 it hosted the 2014 National Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.
The Chamber Choir’s 2012 CD A Drop in the Ocean was favorably reviewed in both Fanfare and Stereophile magazines and was a finalist for the 2012 American Prize in Choral Music. Their 2014 recording Into Unknown Worlds was named a “Recording to Die For” by Stereophile magazine. It was the first ever student recording to receive this distinction. Their latest album, The Doors of Heaven – Music of Eriks Esenvalds, was released by Naxos, the largest classical label in the world. It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart (a first for a University choir), and was also a number 1 seller on Amazon and iTunes.