Thara Memory, music alum, led his American Music Program to win the Essentially Ellington competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City in May 2015.
Marylhurst University's Department of Music offers numerous and varied ensemble performance opportunities for singers and instrumentalists of all experience levels.
Whether singing in Marylhurst Chorale, Choral Union, Marylhurst Chamber Choir, or playing in our Jazz Ensemble or Guitar Ensemble, performers have superb ensemble opportunities, no matter their age or ability level. We welcome students in all Marylhurst academic departments AND community members to participate in our performing groups.
In recent years, Marylhurst ensembles have worked with visiting choral luminaries like Morten Lauridsen and Gwyneth Walker. Each spring, the year culminates in the Spring Opera Program where singers sing, act and dance in full productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, directed by world renowned expert Alistair Donkin from England.
Marylhurst ensembles have collaborated on concerts with groups from Portland, Vancouver and Boise, in notable venues including The Grotto Festival of Lights, the Portland Audubon Society and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. In Winter 2014, the chorale, guitar and jazz programs worked together to perform selections from the Sacred Concerts by jazz master Duke Ellington and received glowing reviews and a packed house. Due to it's terrific success, further selections will be performed in Winter of 2015.
In addition, each summer, the Marylhurst Summer Choir Camp brings choral and vocal faculty from around the country to work with local high school and community singers. Marylhurst choir members may attend this four-day program, typically held in late July, free of charge.
Contact Dr. Justin Smith, Director of Choral Activities, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on any of our performing ensembles.