Chamber Ensemble of the Eugene Concert Choir
The 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 is one of the premiere vocal chamber ensembles in the Pacific Northwest. The award-winning group performs a 2-concert chamber series at Beall Concert Hall at the University of Oregon’s School of Music. The choir performs a blend of music presented with Eugene Concert Orchestra and acclaimed world-class soloists, and often performs a cappella, demonstrating great finesse. The ensemble is known best, perhaps, for enchanting audiences with authentic Renaissance presentations in resplendent Elizabethan dress, in character with period dancing and song for English Madrigal and Renaissance MayFest Dinners, as well as featured guest appearances in festive holiday concertswith the Eugene Concert Choir at Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center.
In 2010 the American Choral Directors Association Northwest Conference in Seattle extended an invitation to Eugene Vocal Arts to perform among choirs from a six-state region, which is an honor and recognition of artistry. In 2016-2017 the Eugene Vocal Arts, along with artistic director and conductor Diane Retallack,gained national recognition winning the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, community division, for the recorded performance of the world premiere of the original commission Shadow and Light; an Alzheimer’s Journey in 16 Movements by Joan Szymko.