For over 70 years, Portland Symphonic Choir has been creating beautiful music under the direction of just five artistic directors. Dr. Steven Zopfi joined Portland Symphonic Choir as artistic director in 2003 and we have enjoyed 14 great years under his baton, performing choral masterworks both old and new. As Carlos Kalmar of the Oregon Symphony once said of Dr. Zopfi, “…the Choir has made remarkable progress under your artistic leadership; it is a pleasure to collaborate with you.”
In addition to his work with PSC, Dr. Zopfi is an accomplished Director of Choral Activities at the University of Puget Sound (located 150 miles north of Portland). Recently, the university completed a major rescheduling effort which resulted in an unresolvable scheduling conflict with PSC’s rehearsal needs. While the university-wide change is being made for good reasons, it unfortunately will prevent Dr. Zopfi from continuing his position with PSC after this season. With this in mind, we are now activating our search for the next artistic director of Portland Symphonic Choir.
The Board of Directors is working diligently to ensure a successful search and transition process. As the great Robert Shaw once said, “as soon as we find each other, we invite the miracle to begin”—this sentiment will be at the heart of our search.
While these activities occur behind the scenes, the choir remains busy in preparation for an incredible season. We are grateful to have one last concert under Dr. Zopfi’s direction; we hope you will join us for this importance performance. On Saturday, May 20th, the Portland Symphonic Choir will host a high school choral festival in collaboration with Portland Public Schools. Combined, we will perform Carl Orff’s iconic “Carmina Burana”. Tickets are available online now for this performance (and will be limited to 1,400!). www.pschoir.org/carmina