The Oregon Chorale was founded in 1985 by Bernd Kuehn, choir director in the Hillsboro, Oregon School District. Mr. Kuehn retired in 2015, and after a transition year, the Chorale chose Jason Sabino (BA USC, MA in Choral Conducting, Portland State University) to be its second artistic director. The Oregon Chorale is the only classical, auditioned choir in Washington County, Oregon.
The Chorale has toured in Europe six times (1989, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2014) and has produced four CDs. The Chorale performs six concerts per year, every year since its inception, including seven original musicals under the direction of Linda Needham. In addition to its regular concert series, the Chorale has performed regularly in the Grotto’s “Festival of Lights”, and other choral events from Astoria to Hillsboro to Portland, Oregon.
The Chorale is committed to fostering the musical development of young people in Washington County. The internship program started in 2000, and continues to offer twelve talented high school singers the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the Chorale each year. The Chorale also provides free admission to its concerts to all those under 18 years of age.
The Oregon Chorale prides itself on its ability to perform in many languages and styles, moving across musical genres, always aiming to communicate, engage, and entertain.
The Oregon Chorale enriches and transforms people’s lives through inspiring music.
Performs engaging choral music and provides educational outreach to foster connection and promote a lifelong love of music.
Artistry. Sharing meaningful musical experiences with excellence and professionalism.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Elevating diverse voices, fostering equitable access, forging thoughtful partnerships, and challenging inequities.
Community Outreach and Education. Engaging with the community through service, and building knowledge, skills, and confidence in singers of all ages.
Openness and Honesty. Communicating with transparency and kindness.
Belonging. Celebrating differences, welcoming others, and connecting through our shared passion for making music.