About Resonance Ensemble
Programming with Purpose
Resonance Ensemble, a professional vocal ensemble, performs powerful concerts promoting meaningful social change.
Our performances intentionally address themes highlighting diverse solo and choral voices,
new and underrepresented composers, visual and other performing arts,
and community partners.
Resonance collaborates often with local organizations including The Portland Art Museum, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Cascadia Composers, the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra, Friends of Chamber Music, Oregon Symphony, Third Angle New Music, Portland Percussion Group, and Kingdom Sound. Creative partners include Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale, renowned classical pianist Hunter Noack, violinist Paloma Griffin Hébert, flutist Sarah Tiedemann, former Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Peterson, and
visual artist Therese Murdza.
Described as “one of the Northwest’s finest choirs” (Willamette Week), Resonance has been recognized nationally with an award from Chorus America and locally with multiple grants, including a 2019 Creative Heights Grant from the Oregon Community Foundation, awarding $100,000 in support of Resonance’s commission and world premiere of Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem, to be produced in partnership with the Oregon Symphony.
Resonance seeks to reflect our times through sharing many perspectives. As Oregon Arts Watch wrote in June 2019, ”they do social justice music justice: their concerts are part social commentary, part group therapy, and part best damn choir show in town.”
Our concerts are designed to reflect the times, and audience members often tell us that they see their experiences reflected in our thought-provoking performances.