Great news: Our 2021 Holiday Concert is On!

Southern Oregon Repertory Singers will return to live singing with “The Waiting Sky,” a program of seasonal music on Saturday, December 18th at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 19th at 3:00 p.m. at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Avenue in Ashland.

“The program will feature beautiful music from the Renaissance to the present and includes music by both well-known and emerging composers,” says Music Director, Dr. Paul French.

Selected highlights of the concert include a lovely Renaissance motet by Tomás Luis de Victoria, a stunning “Ave Maria” by Polish composer Pawel Lukaszewski; a haunting setting of a Hebridean folksong, “The Christ Child’s Lullaby,” by American composer Gwyneth Walker for choir and mezzo soprano soloist; a beautiful piece that includes some fun visuals, “Winter,” by the young black American composer Alvin Trotman (who was featured in an interview this past Spring); music by two of Britain’s top composers: a delightful Spanish carol arrangement by Howard Goodall and a heartbreakingly lovely carol by Will Todd; a regal Magnificat by Charles Stanford, George Guest’s transporting arrangement of the Welsh carol “Suo Gan”; traditional secular carols “Jingle Bells,” “We wish you a Merry Christmas;” and a commissioned setting of the Scottish favorite “Auld Lang Syne” by Jodi French.

The concert title, “The Waiting Sky,” comes from a lovely a cappella piece by award-winning composer Oliver Tarney, who has been featured on several of our past holiday programs.

“We have been waiting a long time to sing for you again and we hope our music brings you long overdue holiday cheer!” added Dr. French.

All ticket prices for “The Waiting Sky” are $25. The health and safety of our patrons and performers is our top priority. All patrons must be vaccinated against COVID and show proof of COVID vaccination and a photo ID at the door. All are required to wear masks throughout the performance. Unvaccinated children cannot attend. Concerts will be approximately one hour long with no intermission.

If these restrictions won’t work for you, or if you can’t attend in person for other reasons, we invite you to purchase tickets for a streaming version and/or video replay for $10. For tickets and information please call 541.552.0900 or visit

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

A Distant Song, May 14 and 15, 2022

Non-Discrimination Statement

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.

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Additional supporters include:

  • City of Ashland Lodging Tax Revenues
  • Jackson County Cultural Coalition funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust
  • Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts
  • The Oregon Cultural Trust
  • Pacific Power Foundation