The mission of the Portland Symphonic Choir is to sing the choral masterworks with excellence and passion and to engage, educate and inspire its members and the community.
Established in 1945, the Portland Symphonic Choir has a long and rich legacy of bringing great choral masterworks to the Northwest. Singers selected for membership in this largely volunteer ensemble come from all over the Portland Metro area and from all walks of life. Under the baton of Artistic Director Steven Zopfi since 2003, the Choir has achieved a reputation of excellence and dedication through creating powerful, accessible choral experiences for all kinds of music enthusiasts— from the experienced musician to the brand new listener.
In addition to performing major works as the resident chorus for the Oregon Symphony, the Choir regularly commissions and premieres choral works by composers from the Northwest and across the US, including such notable artists as Jacob Avshalomov, Morten Lauridsen, Tomas Svoboda, and Bryan Johanson. Several recent concerts have celebrated American music and its rich history of song.
Bringing music to the community is a key part of the mission of the Portland Symphonic Choir. A proud participant in the Arts for All program, the Choir provides low cost tickets to Oregon Trail Card participants. The Choir has also partnered with Oregon Mentors and Providence ElderPlace to to provide all ages free or low-cost access to concerts. The Choir is a proud participant in the Work for Art program, and a member of Business for Culture & the Arts (BCA). And each summer, choral music lovers are invited to sing along with members of the Symphonic Choir at Summer Sings.