2016–17 Season
Emily Isaacson, Music Director

The Chorale has concluded its 2016–17 season consisting of five full concert programs, featuring the full Chorale, the Chorale Chamber Choir, and our women’s chorus, Sweetest in the Gale (SinG). The Oratorio Chorale also joined the Portland Symphony Orchestra and ChoralArt in performances of Brahms’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

During June, the Chorale participates in the Portland Bach Festival as choir-in-residence.  The Chamber Choir will perform Bach Cantata 147, “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben,” the Bach motet “Jesu, meine Freude,” and selections from Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien.  The Chorale also co-hosts a Cantata Sing-Along, held Wed., June 21, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Falmouth. For further information about PBF programming, please see portlandbachfestival.org.

Summer Workshops

The chorale hosts summer workshops open to all singers, beginning June 13 and ending August 9. Courses taught by Choral Director Emily Isaacson, Chorale artist in residence Mary Sullivan, and accompanist/educator Scott Wheatley are offered in sight-singing, vocal technique, and music history.

For more information, see Summer Workshops 2017.  Follow this link to the Summer Workshops Sign-Up Form.


Amazing Grace: The American Spiritual    May 19 and 20, 2017
Oratorio Chorale, OC Chamber Singers, Reginald Mobley, countertenor,
and Mary Sullivan, soprano, with Scott Wheatley, piano

Baroque Beauties    April 8 and 9, 2017
Claudio Monteverdi • Giovanni Pergolesi • Tomás Luis de Victoria • Barbara Strozzi • Caterina Assandra
Sweetest in the Gale
with Mary Sulllivan, soprano, and Jenna Guiggey, alto,
with Mary Jo Carlsen and Michael Albert, violins,
Jon Poupore, viola, Ben Noyes, cello,
and Ray Cornils, organ/continuo

The Oratorio Chorale joined the Portland Symphony Orchestra and ChoralArt
in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Sunday, April 23, 2:30 p.m., and Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Bach +     February 25 and 26, 2017
Johann Sebastian Bach’s
Jesu Meine Freude,
and Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien

Oratorio Chorale Chamber Singers in collaboration with St. Mary Schola
Bruce Fithian, continuo, Philip Carlsen, cello, Timothy Burris, lute

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