PSU School of Music & Theater
The movement for racial justice encompasses all aspects of our society including music. The choirs at Portland State University have all signed the Black Voices Matter pledge which asks conductors to:
- Embrace Black choral music, including music of pre-20th century composers, and find ways to incorporate respectful and thoughtful arrangements in your choral program; contextualize this music with singers and audience.
- Seek expertise from Black Brown and Indigenous artists and culture bearers, compensate and credit them for their labor
Due to Covid-19 gathering restrictions, the Chamber Choir cannot meet as a full ensemble. In this concert you will see a variety of smaller groups made up of members of the Portland State Chamber Choir performing music mostly by Black, Brown and Indigenous composers including Shireen Abu-Khader, Marques Garrett, Matthew Lyon-Hazard, Frank Duarte, Samuel Taylor-Coleridge and Derick Remel. You will also hear from many of the composers themselves. The performances were recorded in the exquisite acoustics of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church.