Barely over two years ago, which feels like a lifetime now, we had the opportunity to work with Minneapolis composer Jake Runestad and to sing his inspiring music. As musicians, we find ourselves at a loss for words in these painful and turbulent times. Thank you, Jake, for expressing what we are feeling and allowing us to share your heartfelt words below. As an organization and as individuals, Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland joins you.
“George Floyd was a member of my community in Minneapolis. I’m devastated by his murder, and I’m furious at the racist hands who took his life. I will work harder to listen, to ask difficult questions, both internally and externally, and work within my community and beyond toward dismantling the systemic racism that has plagued this country. Music is a powerful force for change, and we must use it to support this vital endeavor. Will you join me?”
Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland
A Premier Portland Choir
We are Portland’s choir, both geographically and in spirit and are committed to artistic excellence that enriches and inspires. Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland upholds a tradition of choral excellence, sharing a passion for our art while having a little fun along the way. In our 51st season, we continue our tradition of inspiring and enriching our broad community of audiences with unique and diverse programming performed at the highest artistic level.
“CAE is a passionate community of musicians that is deeply engaged in sharing the beauty and power of choral music. It was an absolute pleasure to guest conduct them in a concert of my music and hope to work with them again soon. Portland is so fortunate to have this cultural gem in its midst!”
— Jake Runestad, Composer & Conductor
Audition to Sing With Us!
The Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland is one of the region’s premier choirs. We are a fully-auditioned ensemble made up of singers who represent a variety of professional occupations and diverse singing experiences, but we have all joined for a simple reason – passion – for music, for our fellow singers and for our audiences. We seek choral singers of extraordinary skill who will share in this passion.
Support Live Performance
In order to continue our mission as a Portland choir to deliver high quality choral music to the community and to make it accessible to everyone, we depend on the generosity of donors like you. Your donation dollars will help us continue to provide discounted tickets for seniors and students, to partner with guest musicians like composer Ola Gjeilo, to purchase needed music and equipment and to sing in venues such as the Hollywood Theater and The Old Church. Thank you for your support!