The Multnomah Women’s Chorus brings adult treble singers of all ages and backgrounds to make music together in the Multnomah Village/Hillsdale area of Portland. We strive to be a vehicle for community interaction by engaging our audiences in performing a wide range of songs from contemporary to sacred, jazz, musicals and classical choral works.
Rehearsals and concerts are Monday evenings, 7pm-8:30pm.
Winter term: Jan 15-March 25, 2024
Spring term: April 8-June 17, 2024
Fall term: Sept 16-Nov 25, 2024
Interested in singing great choral music for treble voices? Join us! You’ll fit right in and have a great time. We are comprised of adult singers of all ages, from all walks of life, and at all levels of musical experience. We’re here because we enjoy singing and because we value the rewards that come from performing great works of art. Auditions for MWC are low-key - we simply want to hear your voice, see what vocal range is comfortable for you and check out your basic instincts for melody and harmony. Confident music reading skills and/or prior choral experience is a plus, but not a requirement, especially if you have a good ear for music. If you're interested in joining the choir, please send a message to Jessica via the 'contact' section at the bottom of the home page: https://jessicaisraels.com
"Singing in the Multnomah Women's Chorus is a wonderful way to connect back with singing and is a great creative outlet. Jessica's directing brings out the best in all of our voices."
"I moved to Portland 5 years ago from the UK and the choir has been so important in helping me to find a community."
"You are awesome, Jessica!"
"So happy to be back!"
"It's the thing I missed most during COVID!!"
"Thank you so much for bringing the choir back together. I can't tell you how much I missed being with our lovely group of women and singing."
What kinds of music do you sing?
Multnomah Women's Chorus performs a wide variety of musical styles. We enjoy music that makes us both think and feel what it means to be truly human. This includes (but is not limited to) classical concert and sacred music, jazz, contemporary, folk, world, musical theater, and opera.
What kind of musical experience do I need to have?
We’re a chorus where you can come develop your skills and enjoy the experience. Usually, new members have some choral singing background, even if it may have been a while, and know at least the basics of sight-reading music. If you have a passion for singing and commitment to making the best music that you can, we would love to have you join us.
What are your auditions like?
Auditions for this chorus are low-key. We simply want to hear your voice, see what vocal range is comfortable for you and check out your basic instincts for melody and harmony. Confident music reading skills or prior choral experience is a plus, but not a requirement, especially if you have a good ear for music. Please come prepared to sing a song; anything you like is fine.
What is the age range of the chorus?
The chorus has a mixture of ages, from university-aged on up, and is open to adults of any age.
When are rehearsals?
Rehearsals are on Monday nights from 7pm to 8:30pm, currently held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in SW Portland. There are 3 terms per year, lasting between 9 and 11 weeks. The concerts are on the final Monday of the term.
Does it cost anything to be in the chorus?
The fee for membership in MWC covers the cost of supplies and administration expenses. Current cost is between $135 and $165 per term, depending on the length of the term.
When are performances?
Our concert is on the final Monday evening of the term. We also typically perform for a Sunday service at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Bethany, either right before or right after the concert, for those who want to participate.
What are the dates of the upcoming term?
Winter term: Jan. 15-March 25, 2024.
What are your COVID-19 protocols?
You must show proof of vaccination to participate in the chorus. You may wear a mask in rehearsal if you like, but it's not a requirement.
How long has the chorus been in existence?
If you are interested in joining the choir, or simply want more information, please email Jessica via the 'contact' section at the bottom of the home page: https://jessicaisraels.com