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Programming with Purpose

We are proud to announce our eleventh season, “Programming with Purpose.” Our concerts this year highlight underrepresented perspectives through powerful new music. Mental health awareness, immigration, and race take a front seat as we ride with intention into each performance.

World premieres this season:

  • Brandon Stewart’s touching composition, Alone will be featured in Beautiful Minds.

  • Our first commissioned piece this season is from Joe Kye, the brilliant composer/singer/violinist/looper who will premiere a wild new composition for choir and violinist/looper on our Safe Harbor concert (Watch Joe Kye demonstrate what it means to be a looper in THIS VIDEO.)

  • We're thrilled to partner with the Oregon Symphony to present the world premiere of our second commission of the season: An African American Requiem by composer Damien Geter. Damien’s work offers a bold, thought-provoking musical response to violence against African Americans in the United States.

A Resonance Ensemble season is one where every concert is instilled with thought-provoking new vocal music, sung by the region’s finest singers. We are inspired by these times of intense political and social upheaval, and aim to reflect the world we want to see: people coming together to make music, gain new perspectives, and be moved by our shared humanity.

Each concert will feature a world premiere work from an innovative composer and an original new poem by Resonance’s Poet in Residence, S. Renee Mitchell.

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$30 general; $25 senior; $15 student


Beautiful Minds

Saturday, October 5 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 6 | 4:00 PM

Cerimon House | 5131 NE 23rd Ave.

Join Resonance to honor World Mental Health Day, as they perform selections that share individual stories and challenge all of us to support those who are battling mental illness. Focusing on the perspectives of those who experience mental illness and trauma, the season opener features the world premiere of Portland composer Brandon Stewart’s Alone. 


“Amazing - inspiring intersection of music, poetry, and history.”
— Sarah W. | Audience Member

Safe Harbor

Sunday, March 1 | 4:00 PM

Alberta Rose Theatre | 3000 NE Alberta St.

Explore varying experiences of coming to the U.S. through new music that tells the stories of immigrants and refugees, including a new Resonance commissioned work featuring guest composer and performer, Portland violinist/looper Joe Kye.


“We admire the artistic quality of Resonance Ensemble, an organization which creates high-level vocal concerts and which has developed a deserved reputation for promoting social change through partnerships with local communities.”
— Steve Wenig, Vice President and General Manager, Oregon Symphony

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“An African American Requiem”


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An African American Requiem

Saturday, May 23 | 7:30 PM

The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Experience the Resonance-commissioned world premiere of Portland composer Damien Geter’s bold, thought-provoking response to violence against African Americans in the United States.


Photo Credit:  Kenton Waltz Photography