Led by Artistic Director Diane Retallack, the Eugene Concert Choir is a celebrated pillar of the rich cultural fabric of the Pacific Northwest. Located in the picturesque Willamette Valley in Eugene, Oregon, the 100-voice chorus performs an eclectic blend of music from the greatest symphonic choral masterworks with orchestra and acclaimed world-class soloists, to modern popular works with contemporary guest artists.

The group began as a collection of individuals who loved to sing and needed an outlet for their passion, and who joined together for a performance of Handel’s Messiah, under the direction of Philip Bayles. In 1985, Diane Retallack assumed leadership of the choir, and energetically spearheaded its artistic development. In 1997, the Eugene Concert Choir became a resident company of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, where we present our annual 3-concert season and educational outreach event in the stunning 2,500-seat Silva Concert Hall.

Touring ensembles from the Eugene Concert Choir organization have performed internationally in China, Australia, Germany, Italy, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. They have been invited to perform Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht at a choral festival in Berlin in June of 2024. By special invitation, the Eugene Concert Choir performed the Brahms Requiem in Carnegie Hall in 2022 and the Bruckner E Minor Mass in Carnegie Hall in 2013 . In June 2015, a touring choir performed the Mozart Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria in Venice, Florence and Rome, Italy.

Highlights include performances of the great choral masterworks: the Brahms, Berlioz, Verdi, Fauré and Mozart Requiem Masses, the Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Bach B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus and numerous other major and minor choral works. The Concert Choir has collaborated with such local organizations as the Oregon Mozart Players, the Oregon Bach Festival in Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) with the Paul Winter Consort, the Eugene Ballet Company in fully staged and choreographed versions of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht, and with the Eugene Symphony in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

“I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember.
I can’t imagine not singing in a choir, ever.”
– Teresa Lin, ECC Vocalist

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What makes vocal music essential to your life?

We interviewed former ECC vocalist Marissa Robb during our 40th season. Listen to her describe why she loves the choir and how choral music brings her bliss.