ISing’s mission is to share innovative and exceptional choral music while supporting local non-profit organizations.
Because all of our concerts are free to the public, we are able to offer high quality music to those who may not have the income necessary to attend many of the musical offerings available in the Portland metropolitan area. The music performed by the choir consistently includes a repertoire that is diverse, multi-lingual and multi-cultural. This cultural exchange expands our musical knowledge.
We perform concerts of the finest that choral music has to offer under the direction of Conductor and Artistic Director, Stephen Galván.
Why are we different?
ISing has been fortunate to attract top quality musicians and volunteers which have contributed to the outstanding performance of the group. Although auditions are not required to join, singers do come to the choir with an expectation of high quality and hard work, intermixed with a lot of fun. There is no paid staff, and fees for singers are kept to a minimum to cover basic expenses of participation.
Every penny of donations collected at our benefit concerts – yes 100% – are forwarded to local non-profit organizations making a difference in our area. We are proud of our history in supporting our community. Organizations interested in becoming a beneficiary of ISing can learn more by visiting the Beneficiary Guidelines and Application page.
Stephen Galván is the Artistic Director and Conductor of ISing Choir and has worked with the group since 2001. Stephen has worked in community and church music for 40 years directing choirs of adults, youth, and children along with brass and handbell ensembles and orchestras. Mr. Galván was Professor of Music at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and conducted the Concordia Choir on tours of the Western United States. He currently teaches private voice and piano lessons in Beaverton, Oregon.
Yvonne has been accompanying ISing Choir since 2001. An engineering manager at Intel by trade, she spreads her love of music wherever she goes, even renting a piano to practice while on a rotating assignment in Shanghai. Yvonne has also been collaborating with world harmonica champion, Susan Sauter, at various music events and festivals, traveling as far as Korea and Taiwan. Yvonne has perfect pitch and an uncanny ability to single out which section a problem is coming from. ISing is very lucky to have such a talented musician.
David Walters is the Assistant Conductor of ISing Choir and has worked with the group since 2010. David has had a varied career as a composer, vocalist and conductor. His works have been heard across the west coast in many forms including opera, film, theater, choral and orchestral music. Mr. Walters serves as Music Director at Forest Grove United Methodist Church.
Part of ISing’s mission is education, and Bryan is a great example of a member that has gone on to pursue his love of music beyond singing with our choir. Just having completed his BA in Music Education, Bryan is currently working towards his Masters in Education at Portland State University. Bryan has been working under the guidance of ISing’s Artistic Director, Steve Galván, practicing his conducting skills and mastering the challenges of working with a large choir.
In the News
Madeleine Green, our very own Sankta Lucia, was front and center for our Mus(e)cology concert series. Photo and article by Miles Vance for the Beaverton Valley Times, November 30, 2016.
ISing’s Kirk Hansen (left) stands arm in arm and smiles with his neurosurgeon, Dr. Oisin O’Neill at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center where Kirk had his brain tumor removed in September 2015.
ISing’s Kirk Hansen, recovered from brain surgery and doing the weather with Andy Carson of KPTV TV. He was also promoting ISing’s 2016 “Devine Jazz” concerts.
ISing’s Artistic Director, Stephen Galván, and his wife, Rebecca, traveled to Cheonan, South Korea to attend the World Dance Festival as part of a five person delegation representing Beaverton Sister Cities and the Beaverton Intercultural Council. Follow their adventure on the ISing Choir tour blog.
City of Beaverton
Art in the Marketplace Award 2011