Voices for Ukraine Benefit Concert

Voices for Ukraine unites five of Portland’s finest choirs in a benefit concert to raise funds for the crisis in Ukraine. Representing Portland’s best community, professional, and student choirs, the concert features The Portland Symphonic Choir, Cappella Romana, Oregon Repertory Singers, PSU Chamber Choir, and Grant High School’s Royal Blues. All net proceeds from this event support Mercy Corps emergency response in Ukraine.

About the Crisis in Ukraine

The UNHCR estimates that 3.7 million refugees have fled Ukraine and that more than 10 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced by intense fighting. Globally, the conflict’s far-reaching effects include food shortages, hunger, and a refugee crisis.

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is on the ground in Ukraine and provides assistance to local organizations, refugees, and Ukrainians remaining in the country.


Established in 1945, the Portland Symphonic Choir has a long and rich legacy of singing the choral masterworks with excellence and passion while engaging and inspiring the community. The members are both professional and volunteer singers from all over the Portland area. Under the artistic leadership of Wendy Bamonte and Dr. Alissa Deeter,  the Portland Symphonic Choir continues a reputation of excellence and dedication through creating powerful, accessible choral experiences for all kinds of music enthusiasts— from the experienced musician to the brand-new listener.

Cappella Romana is Northwest’s leading professional chamber choir, dedicated to combining passion with scholarship in its exploration of the musical traditions of the Christian East and West, music emanating from Byzantium and its Slavic commonwealth. Founded by music director Alexander Lingas in 1991, Cappella Romana performs in Portland and Seattle and regularly tours nationally and abroad, most recently (Sep. 2021) at the Utrecht Early Music Festival in the Netherlands. Cappella Romana’s over 25 recordings under its Cappella Records label include Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia, posting 44 weeks on the Billboard Classical Chart 2020-21.

Classics Today calls The Portland State Chamber Choir “amongst the finest choirs in the world.” Since its founding in 1975, the Chamber Choir has performed and competed in venues across the country and around the world, earning over 30 medals and awards in international choir competitions including being the only American choir to have won the Seghizzi International Competition for Choral Singing in Italy in 2013, and the Bali International Choral Festival in Indonesia in 2017.

Founded in 1974, Oregon Repertory Singers is a premier choral arts non-profit organization that performs music both rare and recognizable, encompassing a multitude of eras, languages, and musical styles. With over 90 members, ORS is a close community of singers from all walks of life throughout NW Oregon and SW Washington. Both experienced and versatile, ORS performs repertoire from the newest generation of composers alongside celebrated choral masterworks and music from other cultures and countries. ORS is directed by Ethan Sperry.

The A Cappella Choir is the Grant Choir Program’s flagship choir that represents Grant in both district and statewide festivals. Conducted by John Eisemann, the choir is an auditioned, mixed ensemble that emphasizes advanced vocal production, sight-reading skills, musical literacy, listening skills, and personal dedication. Musical selections are from all time periods, styles, and  cultures around the globe and throughout music history.  

  • Portland Symphonic Choir
  • Cappella Romana
  • Portland State Chamber Choir
  • Oregon Repertory Singers
  • Grant High School Royal Blues

COVID-19 Protocols

For entry to First United Methodist Church, Voices for Ukraine will require for all patrons a proof of full vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test, to attend concerts and events

  • Proof of Vaccination: Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for all attendees over the age of 12. Please bring your ticket, proof of vaccination, and a photo ID for all patrons over the age of 18 to verify your identity. We will be checking them at the door. 
    • “Fully vaccinated” means that an attendee has received their final vaccination dose of either the two-dose regimen of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson at least 14 days before your performance date.
    • Proof of vaccination can be your physical vaccination card, or a picture/copy of your vaccination card (paper or digital), or a digital vaccination record.
    • We understand that there are many reasons that legal IDs might not match vaccine cards or names. If you have a concern or question, you can ask one of our attendants for an alternate verification method with the details you used to reserve your ticket.  
  • COVID-19 Test Result: Patrons must bring an electronic, photo, or paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours. Please note that test result documentation must be directly from the healthcare provider that performed the test along with a valid driver’s license or other government-issued ID matching the name on the COVID-19 test result.
  • Masks: A face covering is required for entry into the concert hall.  Children under 5 years of age are not required to wear a mask. Face coverings must completely cover the nose and mouth and have ear loops, or similar, to hold them in place. Gaiters and bandanas are not acceptable. Face coverings must be worn at all times except while eating, drinking, or taking oral medications for brief periods.

When: Sunday, May 1st at 4:00 p.m.

Where: First United Methodist Church, Goose Hollow

1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201

Cost: $40-$500