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Portland Symphonic Girlchoir

Director: Roberta Q. Jackson

Portland Symphonic Girlchoir


In 1989, thirty-nine singers attended the first rehearsal of the Girlchoir. As we enter our 20th Season, 130 singers experience the challenge of mastering complex and exciting music; make lifelong friends in a unique musical community; work with world-class choirs, composers, and conductors; and perform beautifully. Singers in five progressive ensembles, ranging in age from 6 to 18, travel from throughout the metro-Portland and SW Washington areas to participate in Girlchoir's comprehensive choral music program.

Widely acclaimed by composers, conductors, and music educators for its musicality, adventurous programming, and dynamic performances, the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir offers a performance-based vocal music education for talented girls who love to sing. Under the direction of Founding Artistic Director & Co-Conductor Roberta Q. Jackson and Co-Conductor & Vocal Coach Debra R. Burgess, each Girlchoir ensemble enjoys the benefit of a unique collaborative approach using the artistry and skillful teaching of both conductors. Our outstanding pianists are Kay Doyle, who plays for Premier and Encore, and Dr. Tamara Still, who plays for Prelude Singers, Debut, and Intermezzo.

Dr. Doreen Rao, internationally renowned conductor and educator, proclaimed about Girlchoir, "This choir can reach the moon! This choir is already on the moon!" Our earthly accomplishments include a feature on Oregon Art Beat; broadcasts on All Classical 89.9 FM; and numerous guest appearances, such as Western Oregon University's Stephen Hatfield Composer's Forum, Girlchoir-in-Residence at the Pacific International Children's Choir Festival, and collaborations with the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland?s Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and Pacific Festival Ballet. As part of a challenging program that inspires choristers to strive for vocal and personal excellence, the Girlchoir has toured to Eugene, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New Orleans, Tacoma, and Seattle as well as Canada, Denmark, Italy, Australia, Scotland, E ngland, Portugal and Spain. In June 2006, the Intermezzo Choir performed in Carnegie Hall with guest conductor Dr. Janet Galvan. Premier embarked on their 8th International Tour traveling to Paris, France, singing in Notre Dame Cathedral and York, England, as an invited choir for the 20th Anniversary of the Choral Music Experience Institute in July 2006.

In 2003, Girlchoir was honored with the prestigious 2003 ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming. We are delighted to have seven of our commissioned works published by Boosey & Hawkes. In addition, the Girlchoir was selected by distinguished Canadian composer, Imant Raminsh, to be one of a three-choir consortium of outstanding U. S. children's choirs to co-commission The Nightingale, a new children's choral opera, which Girlchoir presented in Portland at the Newmark Theater on June 10 & 11, 2005, receiving high praise from the composer and all those in attendance.

Over the years, Girlchoir's artistry has been documented by its CD recordings including Celebrate, which Oregonian Music Critic David Stabler reviewed as one of his top 10 CDs from 1998. He said, PSG "is in top form under conductor Roberta Q. Jackson. The singing is lively, crisp, and musically satisfying in every way." Our 4th CD, Our Hearts Sing! includes 13 cuts from our 2001-2002 Season, which was the basis for our ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming. Last season we were delighted to release our 5th CD, We're Going Places! which garnered high praise from choral directors across the U.S. and Canada. $2.00 from each CD sale goes to the New Orleans Children's Chorus, with whom Intermezzo collaborated in 2003 at the Crescent City Choral Festival, to aid their recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

Girlchoir and beautiful music go hand in hand. Our 20th Anniversary Season showcases the distinct voices of Girlchoir as we share our music in Oregon and beyond!


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Portland Symphonic Girlchoir : Girlchoir Favorites : 1 CD : Roberta Q. Jackson : 

Portland Symphonic Girlchoir : Girlchoir Favorites    onsale

Review: Now entering its third decade, ably led by Co-Conductors Roberta Q. Jackson and Debra R. Burgess, the award-winning PSG is taking its place among the finest children's choral ensembles in the country. Over 1,000 young women ages 5 to 18, who love to sing, have come together through the years to create the distinct voice of the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir, and the 100+-strong ensemble joins the 33-strong, "20th Anniversary Alums & Mums Choir" for 17 piano-accompanied, selected live cuts, recorded from 2008 to 2010. Favorites are a pair by Duke Ellington," "It Don't Mean A Thing" and "Mood Indigo," Charles Collins' "Mary Had A Little Blues," Bill Perison's "Naughty Four O'Clocks," "Gershwin for Girls," Moses Hogan's "Ride On, King Jesus," Charles Collins' "The Star," Stephen Hatfield's "Living In a Holy City," "Deep Peace, a Gaelic Blessing" and David Brunner's "A Song to End All Wars." We love the sweet, spirited sound of the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir, one of the best in the world!

Songlist: Give Us Hope, Music Is Indeed, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), Mood Indigo, Mary Had A Little Blues, Naughty Four O'Clocks, Gershwin For Girls, Birth Of The Blues, Bye Bye Blackbird, Living In A Holy City, Ride On, King Jesus, My Lord, What a Mornin', The Storm Is Passing Over, Deep Peace, A Gaelic Blessing, The Star, She Shall Have Music, A Song To End All Wars

6043c | 1 CD | $14.95 Girls Choirs CDs

Portland Symphonic Girlchoir : Just For The Joy Of It : 1 CD : Roberta Q. Jackson : 

Portland Symphonic Girlchoir : Just For The Joy Of It

Review: Roberta Q. Jackson directs the over 100 strong PSG, accompanied by the Portland Youth Philharmonic. This is a Christmas CD, and there are 21 songs in celebration of Christmas, from sacred (Galuppi's "Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) Movements, I, II, II") to pop (Elliot's "Jingle Bell Swing"). There are actually 2 choirs here, the Premier Choir of over 100 voices, and the Debut Choir of about 90, and when they sing together on something like "Silver Bells," it's pretty impressive. An excellent Christmas CD, for yourself to enjoy every Christmas, or to give to a loved one.

Songlist: Shepherd's Pipe Carol, Cantique de Jean Racine, Dixit Dominus, Children Blessed of the Lord, This Little Babe, Chose Something Like a Star, Ding Dong Merrily on High, el Desembre Congelat, Il Est Ne, Angels We Have Heard on High, Hope for Resolution, Donkey Carol, Hine Ma Tov, Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bell Swing, I'll Be HOme For Christmas, Heavenly Aeroplane, Winter Wonderland, The Christmas Song, Silver Bells, O Holy Night

6588c | 1 CD | $15.98 Childrens Choir Christmas

Portland Symphonic Girlchoir : Stars That Sing : 1 CD : Roberta Q. Jackson : 

Portland Symphonic Girlchoir : Stars That Sing

Review: Co-Conductors Roberta Q. Jackson and Debra R. Burgess have led the 168-strong PSG to its current status as one of the finest children's choirs in the US, widely acclaimed by composers, conductors and audiences. Composed of five ensembles, all of whom benefit from Jackson and Burgess' unique collaborative approach to artistry and teaching; the PSG was awarded the prestigious ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming, and the conductors continue to commission new works for PSG ensembles each season. They also created "Music in the Making," an annual Girlchoir event, hosting guest composers, conductors and area school and community choirs. "Stars" is a wonderful collection of 19 lightly accompanied live performances from 2005-2007 by the 5 ensembles, individually and combined. Some favorites are the soaring, dramatic "Kayama & Ademus" (from Songs of Sanctuary by Karl Jenkins), the Stephen Hatfield-commissioned a cappella spiritual "First to Know," Bob Chilcott's "Benedictus" (from A Little Jazz Mass), Lee Kesselman's "Hwayana yaMwari" (Agnus Dei from Shona Mass), Eleanor Dale's "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," Mozart's "Papageno, Papagena Duet" (from the Magic Flute), Irving Berlin's "I Love a Piano," the lovely folk song "Away From the Roll of the Sea," James Rankin's "Fare Thee Well, Love" and the final cut, Keith Hampton's "Praise His Holy Name." From beginning to end, the aptly named "Stars that sing..." is a beautiful recording that touches and moves us!

Songlist: Kayama &Adiemus, Song of the Stars, First to Know, Sanctus, Benedictus, Hwayana yaMwari, Einini, Castle of Dromore, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, Who But I?, Papageno, Papagena Duet, Hopi, Hop, Une Poule Blanche, I Love A Piano, Bye Bye Blackbird, Away From the Roll of the Sea, Camino Caminante, Fare Thee Well, Love, Praise His Holy Name

8930c | 1 CD | $15.95 Girls Choirs CDs

Portland Symphonic Girlchoir : We're Going Places : 2 CDs : Roberta Q. Jackson : 

Portland Symphonic Girlchoir : We're Going Places

Review: This live 2-CD set features the four Girlchoirs, the Premier Choir, Intermezzo Choir, Debut Choir and Encore Singers in 24 pieces on the first CD, and 14 on the 2nd CD. All pieces are accompanied, by piano, organ, percussion, string quartet and by other instruments. Ably conducted by Roberta Jackson and Debra Burgess, The last 7 selections on the first CD are a "best of" from the Girlchoir's founding in 1989 to 2004 and include a pair of commissioned songs, "Deep Peace, A Gaelic Blessing" and "Spero" (Hope), both written by PSG alumnus Amy C. Burgess. 7 of the pieces on the first CD are sacred Christian pieces, such as Bach's "Christe Eleison from Mass in B Minor" and Rupert Long's "Sanctus from Mass For Many Nations." The Moses-Hogan arranged spiritual "Ride on King Jesus" and his "Music Down In My Soul," Steven Hatfield's "Over the Hills," Gwenyth Walker's "How Can I Keep From Singing" and Lee Kesselman's commission, "Tsvey Taybelekh" (The Two Doves), are particularly fine. Also fine are four movements from Benjamin Britten's "The Little Sweep" from "Lets Make an Opera." A generous, finely-crafted collection from the talented Portland Symphonic Girlchoir.

Songlist: Sing Dem Herrn, Behold Man, O Regem Caeli, Praise Him!, Salvation Is Created, Laudamus, E'en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come, God Is My Rock, The Tabernacle Of God Is With, Heaven, The Creation, Ride The Chariot, Selections From The Student Prince, Song For Today, She Is My Slender Small Love, Let No Man Despise Thy Youth, Polly Von, Widerspruch, The Long Day Closes, From Boston Harbor, Blue World, Fiddler's Fare, Kiss The Girl, Red Head

8103c | 2 CDs | $16.98 | Some a cappella Girls Choirs CDs

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