Creating Community through Song since 1979
Festival Chorale Oregon is a community choir of non-auditioned singers performing choral masterworks. Under the direction of our founding artistic director, Dr. Solveig Holmquist, the chorale regularly performs with a full orchestra and features both emerging and well-known vocal soloists from across the Northwest.
Established in 1979 with just eight singers, more than 1,200 community members have sung with us since our inception. Today, the chorale is an ensemble of approximately 100 voices.
Since our first performance at the Stayton Fine Arts Festival, the chorale has performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall five times, has toured Europe seven times, and has hosted nine international choirs from across Europe.
The chorale regularly collaborates with other local arts organizations such as music, dance, and theater groups. Past collaborations include performances with the Eugene Symphony, the Heart of the Valley Children’s Choir, the Salem Keizer School District, Salem Symphonic Winds, the Tirolean Dancers of Portland, Western Oregon University, and Willamette Master Chorus.
The chorale is an inclusive ensemble welcoming all capable singers—no audition required. Learn more about joining us.
Mary Lou Janeba