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.
Marylhurst Chorale is the university's student choral ensemble, intended primarily for music majors and experienced singers from the university community. The group provides rigorous training for singers, working to develop both secure vocal foundation and outstanding musicianship that will enable them to succeed in their future musical careers.
The Chorale frequently receives invitations to sing in and around the Marylhurst community. In the past, they have performed at Reunion Weekend, the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit, the Marylhurst Symphony's holiday concert, and much more.
In recent years, Marylhurst singers have worked with visiting choral luminaries like Gwyneth Walker and Morten Lauridsen, and, each spring tread the boards in full productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, directed by world renowned expert Alistair Donkin from England. Marylhurst choirs have collaborated on concerts with choirs from Portland, Vancouver and Boise in numerous venues including The Grotto's Festival of Lights and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
The Chorale regularly performs at Marylhurst and in the local community. See events calendar for coming performances.
The Marylhurst Chorale 2015
- Rehearsals: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:30 am-12:45 pm in St. Anne's Chapel on the Marylhurst campus
- Course Numbers: ENS 000, ENS 200, ENS 400
- Large ensemble credit for music majors
- Meets Marylhurst Core outcome: CA (Creating the Arts)
- Meets LAC outcome: AIB2 (2012-2013 catalog or earlier)
- Auditions held by appointment; contact Dr. Justin Smith, Director of Choral Activities
Praise for the Marylhurst Chorale:
My heartfelt thanks for your exquisite performance at the Grotto. It was ethereal,
disciplined, and transporting. I loved everything about it. Music is so mysterious
and generally the audience and the performers are so separate. You made gorgeous music
and talented people so accessible. I look forward to more. Bravo!
- Dr. Patricia Allen, Chair, Department of Food Systems & Society
Those of us who attended yesterday's Mass of the Holy Spirit were blessed by the beauty
of our University Choir. Personally, I am impressed by the skill of the group which
has only been together for five weeks. It says much about...the hours of dedication
put in by the students, and the ability of our music faculty to help each student
develop his/her talent as a musician. Three cheers to all!
- Carol Higgins, Director, Office of University Ministry