Chamber Ensemble of the Eugene Concert Choir
Eugene Vocal Arts, founded by Diane Retallack in 1986, is a 30-voice chamber choir of auditioned singers with exceptional musical skill. The ensemble performs sophisticated chamber repertoire from the Renaissance to the present.
The Eugene Vocal Arts has performed in concerts, English Madrigal Dinners, and Renaissance MayFest Dinners to the delight of loyal patrons who enjoy the enchantment of authentic 16th century presentations, complete with drama, dance, and period instruments. The Vocal Arts’ concert performances feature the finest of choral music from all over the world and a cappella finesse. Their invitation to perform at the 2010 American Choral Directors Association Northwest Conference in Seattle among choirs from a six state region is recognition of their artistry.
The 2015-2016 season began with a gorgeous and rarely heard choral masterwork, the Haydn St. Cecilia Mass in October. Eugene Vocal Arts was joined by professional soloists and introduced the Eugene Concert Choir organization’s newest ensemble, Eugene Concert Orchestra, featuring Concertmaster, Searmi Park.
Underneath that work, the day-to-day, the challenges, there is hope, and real beauty: What’s left behind, she finds, is the purity of connection, the elegant, elusive parasympathetic offerings between people who simply love each other, even if they can’t remember who, what, where or why.” Rachael Carnes, Eugene Weekly
In addition to our two main season chamber concerts at Beall Concert Hall, the Eugene Vocal Arts appeared in Eugene Concert Choir’s holiday romp, A Dickens of a Christmas, in December at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts. Attired in stunning Elizabethan dress, our “Lords and Ladies” were featured in Christmas past with a 16th century Yuletide Feast.