Marylhurst and Portland Community College entered into an official agreement in May 2016, aiming to remove barriers for PCC students to complete a four-year degree at Marylhurst.
The Marylhurst Chamber Choir is the premiere choral ensemble at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. A highly selective, 28- to 32-voice mixed choir, it was founded in the fall of 2013 by Dr. Justin Smith, Director of Choral Activities and holder of the Joseph Naumes Endowed Chair in Music. The group is already rapidly gaining a reputation for excellence throughout the Northwestern United States.
In 2014-2015, in addition to numerous concerts throughout Oregon and Washington state, the Chamber Choir performed by invitation at the Oregon Music Educators Association’s All-State Conference. They also toured the East Coast, performing at Old North Church and First Parish Brookline in Boston, MA, and by invitation at Carnegie Hall, New York City, where they performed Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom under Dr. Smith’s direction.
In 2015-16, they will continue their busy schedule of concerts in the Pacific Northwest, as well as travel to Cork, Ireland to participate as the only invited competing American choir in the Cork International Choral Festival. They recently received delivery of their first commissioned work, Of Man and of Angels, by the Philadelphia composer John Conahan. They will also collaborate with the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, and the composer Caroline Shaw, on performances of her Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for Eight Voices.