Oregon Symphony


2017/18 Sounds of Home – Organizations

In conjunction with our Sounds of Home series, the Oregon Symphony recognizes the following organizations for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the Portland Metro community:

The Sounds of Home

Supporting Organizations



BodyVox is dedicated to the creation and performance of innovative dance works that entertain, inspire, and uplift audiences of all ages. BodyVox is known for its visual virtuosity, distinctive wit, and unique ability to combine dance, theater, and film into breathtaking productions rich in imagery, athleticism, and humor.

More info

  BRAVO Youth Orchestras

BRAVO Youth Orchestras is transforming the lives of underserved youth through intensive orchestral music education. BRAVO currently serves 125 students in daily programs at three schools and another 400 students through in-school programs taught in partnership with PPS teachers. BRAVO is inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela's national program of social change through music, and is the first El Sistema-aligned program in Oregon. BRAVO believes that experiencing the beauty and power of music is a fundamental human right, and that the orchestra is an effective tool for cultivating in children the skills needed to succeed in life.

More info

  Cappella Romana

Cappella Romana is the Northwest’s leading professional chamber choir, specializing in a cappella works drawn from the Roman Inheritance: Rome and the West, and Constantinople (New Rome) and the East.

More info

  Portland Center Stage at The Armory

The Armory inspires our community by bringing stories to life in unexpected ways. We are committed to providing high quality programs that create connections around art, sustainability, history, and community. We strive to provide both adults and young people with opportunities to experience and directly participate in the art of theater and create a place in Portland where differences are most meaningfully celebrated.

More info

  Literary Arts

Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit arts organization located in Portland, Oregon with a 33-year history of serving the state's readers and writers. The mission of Literary Arts is to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.

More info


As the premier Latino arts and culture center of the Pacific Northwest, Milagro has provided extraordinary Latino theatre, culture, and arts education for the enrichment of all communities since 1985. Teatro Milagro, Milagro’s touring & arts education program, presents its original bilingual plays and educational residencies to diverse and underserved communities across the nation.

More info

  Metropolitan Youth Symphony

Metropolitan Youth Symphony educates, develops, and promotes music education and performance opportunities for young musicians of all ages and levels of experience. Now in our 43rd year, we enroll over 500 youth from the Portland Metro and SW Washington areas in 12 ensembles, theory classes, and a Beginning Strings program for students at under-served schools who are learning an instrument for the first time. MYS has a strong financial aid program that welcomes all students regardless of their financial circumstances, along with a school outreach program.

More info

  Oregon Repertory Singers

Recently lauded as “the city’s finest large choir,” Oregon Repertory Singers is a nonprofit choral arts organization founded in 1974. With a professional-caliber adult choir and an education and performance-based youth choir program serving children ages 4-18, ORS nurtures a love of choral music, deepening the knowledge and experience of the community through diverse repertoire, superb performances, and exceptional music education.

More info

  Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. This private fine art and design college was founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon. PNCA offers ten Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) degrees and six graduate degrees including master of fine arts (MFA) and master of arts (MA) degrees.

More info

  Portland Opera

Portland Opera exists to inspire, challenge and uplift our audiences by creating productions of high artistic quality that celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera. Our 2018 season will comprise 24 performances of five productions and one concert, along with countless community outreach events from Library Previews, to Opera a La Cart, and Portland Opera to Go (POGO), in schools statewide.

More info

  Portland Piano International / SOLO

Since 1978 Portland Piano International / SOLO has presented more than 170 world-class pianists. In addition to its signature piano series, SOLO presents emerging Rising Star pianists in free concerts, educates students through master classes, commissions new works by Oregon composers and provides professional development for teachers in rural Oregon.

More info

  Portland Symphonic Choir

The mission of the Portland Symphonic Choir is to sing the choral masterworks with excellence and passion and to engage, educate and inspire its members and the community.

More info

  Portland State Chamber Choir

Since its founding in 1975, the Chamber Choir has performed and competed in venues across the country and around the world. The Chamber Choir has earned more than 30 medals and awards in choir competitions worldwide, including the International Competition for Choral Singing in Gorizia, Italy, where they became the first American choir ever to win the grand prize in the competition’s 52-year history.

More info

  Una Voz

The Hillsboro School District Mariachi Band Una Voz started in 2010 through the support of the Hillsboro School District Office of Equity. Una Voz seeks to promote cultural understanding, community unity, and music education. It gives students a culturally responsive opportunity to explore culture through music and the Spanish language.

More info