The Multnomah University Chamber Choir is a class that meets on Monday evenings from 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and is our largest performing ensemble on campus. No audition is necessary, but enrollment in the class is required! This fall we will be working on John Rutter’s Gloria, as well as many other fantastic choral works to ring in the Christmas season at our annual Christmas in the City concert. This group is under the direction of Professor Stan Campbell.
MUsicality, directed by Professor Meg Dixon, is our smaller, contemporary ensemble. We perform anything and everything, from Jazz to Broadway to modern acapella music (think Pentatonix). Auditions for this group will be held at the beginning of the fall semester. Performances take place at various venues, including our annual Christmas in the City concert in downtown Portland, as well as the Multnomah University campus. MUsicality requires its members to make a one-year commitment.
The Multnomah University Community Chorale was formed for the purpose of collaborating with the MU Chamber Choir to present choral literature requiring a larger ensemble. In addition to light Christmas classics, the combined choirs have performed works by great composers of the past such as Heinrich Schütz, G. F. Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, and Tomas Luis da Victoria, along with more recent composers such as Samuel Barber, Randall Thompson, Morten Lauridsen, John Rutter, and J.A.C. Redford.
Membership in the Chorale is limited. Prospective members must complete an application and may be required to audition. Music performed by the combined choirs is technically challenging; therefore, expectations for Community Chorale members include extensive choral experience, confident music-reading skills, and ability to sing assigned parts independently.