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ETHAN SPERRY

Hailed by The Oregonian for providing “the finest choral concerts in Portland in recent memory,” Ethan Sperry is director of choral activities at Portland State University and artistic director and conductor of Oregon Repertory Singers. Sperry began studying conducting at the age of eight, cello at the age of twelve, and singing at the age of eighteen. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Harvard College and a master’s and a doctoral degree in choral conducting from the University of Southern California. Ensembles under his direction have toured all over the world, and have performed at major venues in the United States including the Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center and the United Nations.

A prolific arranger of world music for choirs, Sperry is the editor of the Global Rhythms series for Earthsongs Music, one of the bestselling choral series in the country. Sperry is also a frequent collaborator with film composer AR Rahman and has appeared as a guest conductor for him numerous times, including at Bollywood Night at the Hollywood Bowl and the 2008 Filmfare Awards, the Indian equivalent of the Oscars. He also serves as a consultant for the KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, the first classical music school in India, which opened in 2009. From 2000–10, Dr. Sperry was on the faculty at Miami University in Ohio where he conducted the men’s glee club, Collegiate Chorale, and Global Rhythms ensembles. From 2000–06 he was the artistic administrator of the Arad Philharmonic Chorus in Arad, Romania, and from 2001–03 was the principal conductor of the Choeur Régional de Guadeloupe, the only symphonic choir in the French West Indies.

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