Zephyr Clarinet Choir
The Zephyr Clarinet Choir is a Portland area community-based organization dedicated to our love of playing clarinet together and for music in large ensembles. I am directing the ensemble since its foundation in 2017, now also assisted by Alex Christy.
The ensemble consists of students, alumni, clarinet enthusiasts, and retired professional players. Our main venue for concerts is Portland State University’s “Lincoln Recital Hall”. The clarinet choir has also performed at other community locations and events, such as at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall’s Foyer and in the “Colossal Clarinet Choir” during the “Chamber Music Northwest Clarinet Celebration”. Some of our concert recordings have been featured in All Classical Portland’s show “Played in Oregon”.
We play original compositions and arranged music in a variety of styles. Many pieces we play are written by our own Composer/ Arranger in Residence, John Gibson. In 2019, Portland-based composer Nicole Buetti has written a new piece for our group, the “Clarinet Masquerade”, which we premiered. We also frequently play arrangements by Armin Suppan, Matt Johnston, and many more.
The Zephyr Clarinet Choir is not an elite group. We make music in an inclusive atmosphere and we are having a lot of fun!