Tickets for May 2022 Concert Now on Sale

We’re delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for A Distant Song on May 14 and 15. You can attend in person and/or watch the concert via live-stream or replay. Click here to order tickets or call the box office at 541-552-0900. Performances take place in the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall at 450 S. Mountain Avenue in Ashland.

Paul French says: “A Distant Song captures moments of great beauty from across time and space. Two seldom-heard works by Baroque master, Claudio Monteverdi, are the oldest pieces on the program, the choir accompanied by flutes, keyboard and cello.

“Jumping ahead to the 19th century, we sing Josef Rheinberger’s justly famous part song ‘Abendlied’ (Night Song) as well as two very recent arrangements of songs by a hidden gem of the 19th century, Clara Schumann, arranged here for choir and piano.

“Another too-long neglected 19th century composer, Lili Boulanger, composed the feature-work of the first half of the concert, ‘Soir Sur la Plaine’ (Evening on the Plain). Scored for choir, soprano soloist and piano, this Impressionist-sounding cantata is full of the same lush, sensuous harmonies we associate with Boulanger’s contemporary, Claude Debussy.

“The second half of the concert moves ‘farther away’ not in time, but culturally, with ‘Edo Lullaby,’ a Japanese folk song; ‘Selene’s Boat,’ an homage to the Greek godess of the moon; and a setting by American composer, Alvin Trotman, of poetry by the 8th century Chinese poet, Li Po.

“The concert title, “A Distant Song,” comes from a lovely French poem by Rainer Maria Rilke which ends: ‘When all I wanted was to sing, I was granted the honor of living.’

“We hope this concert’s beautiful poetry and music, refreshes you and gives you renewed strength for these difficult times.”


The health and safety of our patrons and performers is our top priority. All patrons for our May 2022 concert must be vaccinated and boosted against COVID and show proof of vaccination and booster at the door. All are required to wear masks throughout the performance. Unvaccinated children cannot attend. Thank you for  your understanding.

Dates of the 2021-22 Season

The Waiting Sky, December 18 and 19, 2021

4th Annual James M. Collier Festival of New Choral Music, March 5 and 6, 2022 – Canceled

A Distant Song, May 14 and 15, 2022

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Southern Oregon Repertory Singers is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for our staff, musicians, audience members, and volunteers. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, national origin, physical ability, marital status, gender identity, or sexual orientation in any of our activities or operations.

“Breathtakenly beautiful! This performance compares with any of the best worldwide.”

“Exquisite sound-chorus keeps getting better and better. Very moving.”

“Incredibly rich and perfectly performed music. Love the enthusiasm of Dr. French and the great voices he finds.”

“Amazing performance of superb music. Nowhere else puts on this level and quality of performance anywhere in Southern Oregon. Love it!”

“It is wonderful to be able to enjoy this high level of choral music in the Rogue Valley. As a choral singer for many years, I truly appreciate the quality of the Repertory Singers.”

“Thank you for the soul-drenching magnificence!”

“I’m brand new to choral music. I love it! I’ll be back next year as a subscriber.”

“Best choral performance in the West.”

“I am happy and proud to be a donor.”

“The pre-concert lecture and chorus are always excellent, thrilling and spiritually uplifting in my life.”

“I love the Repertory Singers and the selections of Paul French. They touch my heart and soul and fill me with joy and peace.”

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Additional supporters include:

  • Jackson County Cultural Coalition funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust
  • James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
  • Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Oregon Cultural Trust
  • Shuttered Venue Operations Grant program of the U.S. Small Business Association