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Since its founding in 1975, the PSCC has performed and competed in venues across the United States and around the world. The choir has earned over 30 medals and awards in international choir competitions, including the Seghizzi International Competition for Choral Singing in Gorizia, Italy, where they became the first American choir to win the Grand Prix in the competition’s 52-year history. The chamber choir will make its first tour to Asia in 2017 where they will be the first American choir to compete at the Bali International Choral Festival in Indonesia. The group has collaborated with leading conductors such as Frieder Bernius, Andrew Parrott, Robert Shaw, James DePreist and Eric Ericson. Portland-born composer Morten Lauridsen described their singing as “an absolutely top-notch superb display of choral artistry.”

The choir has recorded the choral music of Margaret Garwood on the Hildegard label and the music of Veljo Tormis on the Albany label, at the request of Tormis himself. The chamber choir’s 2012 recording CD A Drop in the Ocean was a finalist for the 2012 American Prize in Choral Music. Their latest CD, Into Unknown Worlds, was named a ‘Record to Die For’ by Stereophile magazine. It was the first ever student choral recording to receive this distinction, and was a finalist for the 2014 CARA Award for Best Classical Album.

Recently the PSCC has been asked to collaborate with a variety of performers in the Portland area. In the summer of 2014, the choir served as the chorus for the world premiere of the opera The Canticle of the Black Madonna by Ethan Gans-Morse; for Christmas 2015, they performed Handel’s Messiah with the Oregon Symphony under the baton of their music director Carlos Kalmar; and in May 2016, the choir performed Stravinsky’s Persephone with the same forces in a fully staged production directed by Michael Curry.

Portland State University Chamber Choir
Photo: Paige Baker

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