Dear singers,

Unbelievably, by the end of next Tuesday's rehearsal we will have seen and worked on everything you're involved in! Of course, all the fun is yet to begin as we make these movements as beautiful as we can, but we're proceeding more quickly to familiarity than I thought. You're working hard and I really appreciate that.

For the first part of next Tuesday's rehearsal, we will have our first reading of the final and most demanding movement ("Quando corpus morietur"), which begins on p.88. It's quite long, but you'll be interested to know that through the longest section you'll be singing one word: Amen!

We did have a bit of a setback last Tuesday due to the number of people absent through illness or conflicts that took them elsewhere. It's ironic that this was the evening I planned to introduce and focus on the men's chorus movement ("Fac me vere tecum flere"), which begins on p.62. We did just that, with the sopranos and altos working separately, and felt pretty good about our work...but 56 singers weren't in on that!

SO: take note of the plan for next Tuesday. THE SOPRANOS AND ALTOS WILL BE FINISHED AT THE BREAK! If you ride with a tenor or bass, please make other arrangements or bring something to occupy yourself while they continue rehearsing (I'll dedicate the time to bringing the T/B absentees up to speed and strengthening their movement).

During the first portion of rehearsal, we'll be solving the mysteries of 3/2 time...something that's less familiar yet is the meter of the final movement. I know you'll be happy feeling more secure with this meter by break time! Expect also to get clarification of tricky pronunciations, which will of course occupy us at each rehearsal. In other words, if you feel you're behind or at sea at this point in the term, relax and be assured that we're doing well for time and there will be lots of repetition of this text. You'll be fine!

On another topic: I hope you've all checked out the itinerary for the planned tour to Portugal and northern Spain this summer! It promises to be a terrific time, and there's still time to sign up. We're nearing a balanced group of singers, and though all sections welcome more people, we really could use more sopranos and basses. Rebekah Wozniak and I welcome any questions you might have!

Looking forward to seeing you all next Tuesday night. No fair getting sick!


Travel to Portugal & Northern Spain in 2024 

Join us on an 11-day performance tour of Portugal and northern Spain in July 2024. An auditioned group of singers will present a program of American choral music while exploring Lisbon, Porto, León, and San Sebastian. Both singers and non-singers are welcome, so don't miss this unique travel opportunity! The estimated cost is between $5,299 and $5,699 (depending on the number of participants) and includes airfare from Portland, lodging, and select meals. View the tour flyer for more information, and contact Rebekah Wozniak-Gelzer at to save your seat.

Volunteers Needed for Weekly Setup/Teardown 

As a self-presenting choir, we rely on members to volunteer to operate our organization. Right now, we are seeking a crew of volunteers to help set up and tear down our rehearsal space each week (starting February 6) for the entire term (having a dedicated crew enables them to become more familiar with the process). We need six people to help with setup (arriving at 6:30pm) and six people to help with teardown. Please consider your physical abilities and the commitment required, then sign up if you can lend a hand. Contact Rebecca Payne at with any questions.

Rehearsal Resources

Check out these resources to help learn this term's music:

Rehearsal Rules

  • Regular rehearsals run 7:00–9:30pm
  • Stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Notify Bryan Gonzalez (503-851-5351) as soon as possible if you test positive for COVID-19

Member Roster & Key Contacts

You can now download the roster of this term's members. If you cannot open the file, download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free. Please use this information for choir business only such as arranging ride shares.

Solveig Holmquist



Bryan Gonzalez



Jessica Coons

Soprano Section Leader


Doris Clark

Alto Section Leader


Rebekah Wozniak-Gelzer

Tenor Section Leader


Phil Davis

Bass Section Leader


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FCO no longer requires vaccination against COVID-19 or the use of masks. To protect the health and safety of everyone who interacts with our organization, please stay home if you feel unwell. Any member that tests positive for COVID-19 must report their diagnosis to FCO as soon as possible and may not participate in any FCO event until determined safe to do so according to public health guidance or their healthcare provider. FCO will not disclose the identity of any member that tests positive but will notify all members of potential exposures.

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