ABOUT PORTLAND PHOENIX CHOIRS
Past, Present & Future
Portland Phoenix Choir performs high quality music that is rich in cultural, social and intellectual diversity by consistently presenting excellence to inspire appreciation and musical education to the community and surrounding areas.
About Portland Phoenix Choir
Portland Phoenix Choir represents the legacy of a musical community that is on a path to renewed energy and is committed to providing choral music to the greater Southwest Portland area.
Based in Lake Oswego, Portland Phoenix Choir is a 501(c)3 organization and non-auditioned group that invites singers of all skill levels to experience the joy of singing works ranging from early masterpieces to modern arrangements.
In 2019, after the departure of its founder, Dr. Justin Smith, the choir welcomed Alejandra Blech as its new artistic director and conductor. Under Alejandra’s direction, the choir continues to pursue excellence in choral music as it builds on a shared vision of bringing joy and peace to the world through music.
Alejandra Blech was born in San Juan, Argentina in 1986. She holds a master's degree in choral conducting from Portland State University, where she was also a graduate teaching assistant. During her time as a graduate student, she served as a co-conductor of Vox Femina (today known as Thorn Choir), as well as the university choir. During a stint as an alto section leader in the PSU Chamber Choir, Alejandra participated in the Bali International Choir Festival, for which the chamber choir was awarded three gold medals and a grand prix.
Alejandra is highly active as a cultural developer, having served on the artistic committees of Foro Coral Americano and the "San Juan Canta" International Choir Festival, Competition and Grand Prix.
Ms. Blech is the director of music at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church in Northeast Portland and an adjunct professor of music at Portland State University. In the fall of 2019, Alejandra was named artistic director of the Portland Phoenix Choir.
EVAN C. PAUL
Evan C. Paul was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1981. He holds a Master of Music degree in collaborative piano performance from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Oregon. He has garnered recognition through several awards and competitions, including the Delta Omicron Music Solo Competition (2000), the Ed Diemente Composition Award (2002), the MTNA Young Composers Competition (2005), and the Portland Vocal Consort’s Young Composer Contest (2011), which premiered his work, "The Last Invocation" for six-voice choir.
Evan is active as both composer and collaborative pianist in the Portland area. He has performed with a number of organizations throughout the state, including Portland Opera, OperaBend, Cascadia Opera, Ping & Woof Opera, and the Portland chapter of Opera On Tap. In addition to the Portland Phoenix Choir, he also works with Bridging Voices, Portland’s queer youth chorus, which premiered an arrangement of his choral work “Skating” in its 2019 holiday concerts. His most recent composition, "Magenta," for saxophone quartet and piano, will premiere in Phoenix, Arizona in the spring of 2020.