Chancel Choir provides a variety of traditional and contemporary music as part of weekly worship and on special Music Sundays. Occasionally, the choir presents a special concert accompanied by an orchestra or other talented, local or in-house, musicians.
We are practicing social distancing and practicing in person every two weeks, and recording semi-regular hymns and an easy anthem or two! If you love to sing, this is a great time to do so – Jason will provide all the tools (recordings, part tracks, sheet music) you need to learn your part and feel successful.
This ensemble is open to all interested adults and high school singers.
You don’t need to be able to read music…
It’s a great way to learn to sing and meet new folks…
You’ll help elevate worship services through music!
Jason Sabino, Director of Chancel Choir & Congregational Singing
Known for his “enthusiastic performances” (Oregon Arts Watch), Jason Sabino is an active conductor, clinician and singer in the Portland area. In addition to his music ministry at Southminster, Jason is currently Artistic Assistant and Associate Conductor of Pacific Youth Choir, where he is the Boychoir conductor and assistant conductor for high school ensembles Pacific and Chamber Choir. He also regularly prepares choirs for the Oregon Symphony. An advocate for music education, Jason is also Assistant Director of Choro in Schola, a non-profit organization that provides choral workshops to local high schools. As a chorister, he’s performed with Cappella Romana, Resonance Ensemble and The Ensemble of Oregon.
Jason earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Portland State University, where he was a graduate teaching assistant and adjunct faculty and received the University Service Award. At PSU, Jason reestablished the Community Chorus, conducted the University Choir and Man Choir, and was assistant conductor for the award-winning Chamber Choir. Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Choral Music from the USC Thornton School of Music, where he received the Choral Department Award.
Worship services that include our Handbell Choir are truly special. Many times, throughout the year, the handbells accompany the Chancel Choir during worship service for special concerts. Excluding summer, rehearsals are every Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Beginners are welcome to join.
Dan Anajovich, Director of Handbell Choir
Dan started playing bells in 2010 after a hiatus from any musical performance since high school. He was drawn to the bells as a place where the whole really is more than the sum of the parts. Dan started in a non-audition church choir and moved to audition and then a community ensemble (Pacific Ringers) within a few years. Dan is a self-taught conductor, although he has been very lucky to be mentored by his current director at Pacific Ringers.
Dan feels that his job as director is to enable the group to bring their offering to the congregation. All the bells together form one single instrument, which means it takes everyone connecting to everyone else to create a moving experience. The pursuit of that experience is what keeps him going.