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Living in the Moment – April 13 @ 4pm

featuring the talented soloist vocals of OVATION! to songs by artists:

Jason Mraz, Florence & the Machine, Lorde, Taylor Swift, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Elton John, Pharrell Williams, Phillip Phillips … and more!

Sunday, 4/13 @ 4:00 pm | New Thought CSL, 1040 C Ave, Lake Oswego | $15 admission for adults | children FREE with accompanying adult | free parking

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Ovation Collaborates with United Nations International School Chamber Ensemble – March 30 @ 6pm

You’re invited!  Choral artistry at its best.

Dr. David York and Daniel Stroup, directors

Ovation Show Choir (Ovation!) and United Nations International School (UNIS) Chamber Ensemble, masters of local and international choral artistry will collaborate to produce an exciting choral concert to be held on Sunday, March 30 at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, 1040 C Ave, Lake Oswego, OR.  The internationally acclaimed United Nations International School (UNIS) Chamber Ensemble will perform in collaboration with Portland’s own high school show choir Ovation! under the direction of critically acclaimed Dr. David York, Artistic Director of Portland Choirs.

Preceding the concert, the UNIS and Ovation! singers will enjoy a choral educational workshop conducted by David York and Daniel Stroup who are reconvening decades after singing together in the Portland State University Chamber Choir as music students.

doors open at 5:30 | concert at 6:00 pm | $15 suggested donation | free parking

Portland Singing Sensation

Portland Singing Sensation – Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm

This 4th annual fundraising event features the soloist talents of Portland Boychoir and Ovation Show Choir.  Audiences will enjoy over 30 solo acts competing for the title of “People’s Choice” as determined by votes purchased by attendees.  Participants are members of the Advanced Boys and Ovation Show Choir, all of whom select and prepare their own song for this widely anticipated event.   A panel of celebrity judges decides “Judges’ Choice” for best male and female while choir director, Dr. David York, awards one or two performers who covet the “Director’s Choice” award which recognizes those singers who have shown significant improvement or development.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

New Thought CSL, 1040 C Ave, Lake Oswego

$5.00 adults / children free / all Portland Choirs members are free

Votes sold in 5 for $5.00 increments

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Support Kids Who Love Music!

Dear Portland Choirs Supporter,

The New York Times recently asked, “Is Music the Key to Success?” Numerous top professionals who had studied music connected it to their achievements. Many felt music had opened pathways to creativity and taught them how to collaborate and appreciate others’ points of view at the same time as it had enhanced their lives with discipline, balance, and joy.

Other studies show that school age children exposed to music education scored 22% higher in English and 20% higher in math on standardized tests (Christopher Johnson, Professor of Music Education and Music Therapy, University of Kansas, 2007).

At a time when music education is declining in our state and country, Portland Choirs has been here to fill the gap, serving over 80 families in Oregon and Washington, 11% of which receive financial support through scholarships. Please give the gift of music by donating to the Portland Choirs Annual Fund. Your tax-deductible contribution will support our mission:

to provide music education and professional-quality performance opportunities that develop self-esteem, depth of character and advanced music skills. 

Ticket sales and tuition account for only 65% of the funding required to support our operations. A donation of $50, $100, $250 or more will help us reach more young people. It could also help us in these specific ways:

  • $50…………covers our monthly insurance premium
  • $100……….contracts a professional accompanist for one rehearsal
  • $150……….hires a professional instrumentalist for one concert
  • $200……….pays for sheet music for one choir for one month
  • $300……….offsets web hosting and domain registration fees
  • $1200……..rents vans for Ovation’s Ashland, Oregon Tour, Feb 2014
  • $3800……..purchases an octave of handbells
  • $15,000…..rents our own rehearsal space (adequate parking, waiting room for families, storage for music and bells.)

The dedication our students demonstrate has inspired many an audience. Some of the highlights from 2013 include:

  • “Portland Singing Sensation” fundraising concert showcased our amazing and diverse singing talent
  • Ovation’s CD “Look Through My Eyes” unveiled last spring
  • “Give My Regards to Broadway,” a combined choir, year-end concert held at the Dolores Winningstad Theatre.

Play an important part in their continued success by donating before year’s end.  In addition to the tax benefit, think of the difference you can make in the life of a child! 

Donate via the link to the right, through our website (, or by mailing a check to PO Box 6844, Portland, OR 97228.  On the website is a schedule of events as well.

Happy holidays,

Laura Snyder, Executive Director

Craig Van Ness, Board President

p.s.  Thank you in advance for helping Portland Choirs continue to make music education a reality.


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“Making Spirits Bright” on Dec 13 & 14

Portland Choirs presents “Making Spirits Bright,” directed by Dr. David York …

featuring Ovation Show Choir & Portland Boychoir, including the Advanced Boychoir ringing handbells.

Friday 12/13 – 7:00 pm, Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland 97212  -AND-

Saturday 12/14 – 6:00 pm, New Thought CSL, 1040 C Ave, Lake Oswego 97034.

Tickets at the door.  $15 general admission for adults.  $20 for BOTH concerts.  Children free.  Lot & street parking are free.