The 65-voice Repertory Singer celebrates their 34th season of bringing choral excellence to the Rogue Valley. Under the direction of Dr. Paul French, Director of Choral Studies at Southern Oregon University, the semi-professional ensemble captivates audiences by presenting the best of classical choral literature from around the world throughout the ages, as well as newly composed works by world-renowned composers, such as Gabriel Jackson, Eric Whitacre, and Ēriks Ešenvalds. Repertory Singers have also had the honor to premiere new works by Oregon’s own Jodi French and Craig Kingsbury.
The mission of Repertory Singers is to promote the love of high-quality choral music through outstanding performances, the development of young singers, and the commission of new works.
We offer local and regional musicians– including professionals and music educators–access to a wide variety of repertoire, while providing cultural enrichment to the Southern Oregon region through presentation of a series of unique concerts. The Repertory Singers Musical Outreach Program delivers inspiration and insight into the world of professional classical musicians to area high schools.
Repertory Singers proudly presents at least one choral masterwork every year in their season. Recent masterworks include Fauré’s “Requiem;” Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” and “Mass in B Minor;” Haydn’s “Creation;” and Handel’s “Messiah” performed with the Rogue Valley Symphony. Repertory Singers have released six CDs: In Time of Softest Snow, On the Trail of Beauty, The Heart’s Reflection, and First Light 2018, First Light 2019, and She Walks in Beauty.
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