The Northwest Queer Chorus exists to amplify the voices of Portland’s Queer community through musical excellence in a space that models radical acceptance across the state and nation.
The Northwest Queer Chorus vision began when Landon Shimek attended the Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA) Quadrennial International Choral Festival in 2016. As he listened to choruses from around the world, a vision began to form of an American Queer Chorus. After two years of background work with Thor, Landon’s dream became a reality at the first rehearsal, September 18, 2018. To our knowledge, this is the first Queer-identified, Queer-named chorus in the Western Hemisphere.
Imagine: Radical Acceptance
As Queer-identifying people, each of us have felt the insecurity of being “the outsider.” As a chorus family we choose to be a place where all are accepted. And we recognize that this unconditional acceptance begins with a heart of forgiveness. In this world of sound bytes and clickbait which seek to pit us against each other, we choose instead a life where communication is valued over confrontation. We will hear your story and and your heart, even when you aren’t sure if your words are “correct”. We will share your journey. We will be a space where you are accepted for who you are while you are exploring who you want to be. We invite you to imagine living in this world of radical love and acceptance.
The Northwest Queer Chorus is committed to presenting high-quality concerts that encourage curiosity and communication between people of widely varied backgrounds.