What People Are Saying

Take a look at some recent testimonials for the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland, from frequent collaborators in the choral music community to effusive audience members!

I’m always left rejuvenated and inspired after working with CAE. Making music with these wonderful musicians consistently deepens my love for choral music and reminds me of the importance of this art form in our world. I’m incredibly grateful to be connected to such an exceptional community in Portland.

Sydney Guillaume, composer & conductoR

The care with which Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland rehearsed and performed a concert of my music was stellar. They have a commitment to elevating composers’ work and this is evident in their attention to detail for every piece including my newly commissioned work. David and his singers should be commended for the high level artistry they bring to the city of Portland.

Tim takach, Composer

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

“Collaborating with Choral Arts Ensemble is always a pleasure. A high level of professionalism permeates their work, coupled with a connection to audiences that is spontaneous and enjoyable. A Choral Arts Ensemble event is not to be missed.”

Edmund Stone, All Classical Portland and “The Score”

“Throughout our joyful collaborations, I have found the choir to be well prepared, its singing to be artistically compelling and enthusiastic, with great attention to lyricism and dramatic impact. It must be considered one of Portland’s premiere vocal ensembles.”

Yaacov Bergman, Music Director/Conductor, Portland Chamber Orchestra

“I had the great pleasure of working with the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland and conductor David De Lyser in October, 2014 resulting in two concerts also including the excellent local trumpet player Thomas Barber. The ensemble was very well prepared, and that made the rehearsal process easy and effective, while the group was very responsive to all changes and alternatives I suggested. The concerts were highly successful, well attended, and both audiences were enthusiastic and seemed very moved by the performances based on comments we received after the concerts as well a several subsequent emails. It was an absolute joy to work with CAE Portland, and I look forward to collaborating with them again in the near future.”

Ola Gjeilo, Composer

“Having done a lot of work with professional choruses in NYC in my younger years, this ensemble certainly stands up to the high standards of choral excellence that we all love to hear.”

Charles Robert Stephens, professional bass soloist and voice teacher

“It was an honor and delight for our Pacific Youth Choir / Chamber Choir to sing with The Choral Arts Ensemble. The entire choir made us feel most welcome as we explored the choral artistry of Ola Gjeilo’s music together.”

Mia Hall Miller, Founder, Pacific Youth Choirs

“I am blown away by the variety of music that the Choral Arts Ensemble puts on. The creativity in the selection and arrangements have brought me to enjoy choir music much more than before. It’s great to see this group put a modern spin on a style of music that can be easily perceived as old fashioned and formal. I never knew choral music could be like this! I will be attending more of these shows in the future and look forward to it!”

Nick Foiles