The February chorale workshop series with Holcombe is now full and pre-registration is closed. Drop-ins are still welcome, space permitting, in the event a registered participant does not show. We will hold another series in June. Check back for details in the coming months.

As part of our commissioning of LGBT Requiem Mass (Working Title), a new project by renowned Portland-based musician, composer, and performance artist Holcombe Waller, PICA will present a range of public programs in 2015 that more deeply explore the project’s core themes, ideas, and artistic forms. Building on a think tank and symposium presented last year, these participatory workshops, discussions, and community conversations will culminate in the September premiere of LGBT Requiem Mass at the 2015 TBA Festival.

Launching these programs is a February series of weekly vocal workshops in which Waller and musical director Ben Landsverk will teach sections of LGBT Requiem Mass, an evening length oratorio invoking the peaceful repose of LGBT people who have suffered oppression. Intended for singers of all experience levels, these four workshops will take place Tuesdays, February 3-24 at 6:30 PM in the choir room of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in NW Portland.

LBGT Requiem Mass workshops are an opportunity to create complex and beautiful choral music together, but the primary focus will be the experience of singing itself, particularly around issues of mourning and longing. Waller will share his own perspective on singing as a channel for collective catharsis, and invite engagement in conversation and reflection on the role of choral music in community ceremony and ritual. All participants will be highly encouraged to participate in the premiere of LGBT Requiem Mass in September as part of PICA’s 2015 TBA Festival.

All workshops (90 minutes to 2 hours each) are free and open to the public on a drop-in basis, but pre-registration is highly recommended, as space is limited to 40 participants per session. It is suggested to attend the full workshop series if possible, as each session will build upon the previous. Warm-ups will include casual movement exercises; comfortable clothes are recommended.

To register, email Roya Amirseymani at [email protected] with your name, phone number, and the dates of sessions you wish to attend.

PICA and the artist acknowledge the generosity and support of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Creative Capital, Equity Foundation, Autzen Foundation, and the Pride Foundation for their support of this artistic project and its public programs.