Oregon Repertory Singers is currently full, and auditions for the adult choir are closed until further notice. Please check this page for updates, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, and voice part to be placed on an audition waiting list. We cannot guarantee a date, however the earliest auditions may reopen is June 2017.
The Oregon Repertory Singers adult choir includes over 90 singers from all walks of life, hailing from many different communities throughout NW Oregon and SW Washington. While the adult choir is a professional caliber auditioned group, singers volunteer their time to sing together and perform three concert series, a fundraising dinner and auction event every spring, and other optional community performances each year.
Oregon Repertory Singers presents a wide variety of programming. In recent seasons, we've performed choral masterworks like Mendelssohn's Elijah and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. During our Christmas concerts and in our Spring concerts, we promote the music of the newest generation of great composers alongside music from other cultures and countries. We've performed recently composed works by living composers like Ola Gjielo and Eriks Esenvalds, and highlighted culturally and historically significant works like Shchedrin's The Sealed Angel. Our name commits us to covering the full repertory of what is available for singers.
Interest in choral music is on the rise in our country. Three years ago the Pulitzer Prize for music had never been given to a choral work, yet it has now been awarded to choral pieces in two of the last three years. Participation in church and community choruses is on the rise, and despite cuts in arts funding, schools that have retained music programs are seeing large growth in enrollment as well. In a day and age when human communication is becoming ever more electronic, distant, and fractured, people are discovering that singing-and especially singing in groups-can fill the void that some of us no longer even realize is there.
This is also a time where funding for the arts is at an all-time low. At ORS, we know that every dollar spent on the arts generates $11 of additional spending in the economy. Support Oregon Repertory Singers by making a tax deductible contribution today -- and we will support the community by continuing to create events that will inspire and bring people together through the power of the human voice.
Oregon Repertory Singers photographed September 2015
photo by Paige Baker