ChoralArt Masterworks, a symphonic chorus comprising 80-100 voices, sings annually with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, performing traditional symphonic literature—Verdi’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, and Haydn’s The Creation, for example—as well as more adventuresome literature: Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony and Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass. ChoralArt Masterworks sang Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem in 1991 with distinguished guest conductor Robert Shaw. In 2015, Masterworks presented the New England premiere of Robert S. Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories, and in 2016 a widely-acclaimed performance of opera choruses.
ChoralArt Singers, a mixed chorus of about 45 voices, performs Christmas at the Cathedral with brass and organ accompaniment (four performances) and often a second concert in the spring—recently Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Jenkins’ The Armed Man with Portland Ballet, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor. The ensemble forms the nucleus of ChoralArt Masterworks, which sings annually with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. A typical season begins after Labor Day and runs through Memorial Day. A rehearsal schedule is published well in advance.
ChoralArt Camerata, a chamber chorus of about 15 singers, principally performs a cappella repertory from the Renaissance and Modern eras with occasional forays into ethnic and folk music. Favorite composers include Ēriks Ešenvalds, Morten Lauridsen, James MacMillan, Paul Mealor, David Conte, and Stephen Paulus. The pristine, resonant sound of the Camerata has garnered critical acclaim, and the annual Epiphany Celebration features the premiere performance of a modern carol setting. The rehearsal schedule is irregular, concentrated at the time of each performance. In Camerata, ChoralArt seeks strong singers and independent musicians who are self-motivated and willing to learn the music outside of rehearsals.