During a recent meeting the PSC Board of Directors came together to make a donation and to issue a challenge to PSC members and supporters: Every donation PSC receives between now and June 30 will be matched — dollar for dollar — up to $25,000. Every member of the board contributed to the generous matching donation. Meeting this match is key to launching a successful 2015–16 season.
The love of singing and performing great choral music is as much a part of today’s Portland Symphonic Choir as it was 70 years ago. However, the financial realities are very different. Funding for the arts —from both the public and private sectors — continues to fall as production costs rise and quality affordable venues become harder to find. Dollars from ticket sales make up less than half of our budget.
Individual donations make up 35% of PSC’s operating income. Financial support from our members and donors is crucial to the life and health of the Choir and ensures that anyone who wants to hear this great music live can, regardless of need.
This is an exciting time for Portland’s Choir. We celebrated our 70th season by performing some of the best-loved choral music with Mozart’s Requiem and Carmina Burana… introduced our audiences to some of the best new works with Tarik O’Reagan’s Triptych… and showed our versatility and innovation with Shakespeare in Song.
And we’re not done yet. 2015–16 is filled with wonderful music, starting with our 70th anniversary celebration bringing back past conductors and a special alumni choir… two performances of Beethoven’s 9th with the Oregon Symphony… the return of Wintersong… and a one-night only performance of Michael Tippett’s Child of Our Time in partnership with the Oregon Jewish Museum. Your gift means we can start the next season with confidence.
With your help, the talented musicians of your Portland Symphonic Choir continue the legacy of that very first group of singers through creating powerful musical experiences for our members and audiences. Together, we can ensure that Portland’s Choir continues to “perform the great choral masterworks with excellence and passion.”
Please make your gift today in support of your Portland Symphonic Choir. Help Portland’s Choir pass on its legacy to future PSC members and audiences.