Who We Are

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We sing to bear witness to the power of music to transform the world–or at least our corner of it. We strive for musical excellence and providing both entertaining and thoughtful performances for our audience.


Founded in 1986, our culture is steeped in the women’s, lesbian community. We have members who are straight, transgendered, nonbinary and identify in other ways on the gender continuum. We welcome all! Everyone is on a journey. Everyone has a story. As we get to know each other, we share those stories. We respect our likeness and celebrate our differences. We listen and speak our truth with kindness. We practice forgiveness as we learn to speak a language that serves us individually and as a whole.


We reach out to the greater community of Portland, Oregon by offering special performances to some who have not heard a chorus like ours, by providing panels and tables sharing information about our choir, and by acting individually and together in service.

The Portland Lesbian Choir is a proud member of GALA Choruses. GALA Choruses leads the North American GLBT choral movement and cultivates the artistic development of 10,000 singers from more than 190 choruses in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.


Mary Mccarty, director

Mary has cultivated a lifelong passion for music via the choral and instrumental arts, performing on both sides of the baton as a singer, flutist and conductor within a wide range of ensembles taking her from her roots in upstate New York to her adopted home in Oregon. She is honored by the opportunity as the director of PLC to unite her love of music with the joy of creating community through choral collaboration. In addition to her work with PLC, Mary also serves as the Conducting Associate for the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. Mary holds a music degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam.

Kim Horenstein, Accompanist

Kim is a native of Oregon and has been playing piano since the age of six. She began accompanying choirs in high school and has served as accompanist for the Portland Lesbian Choir as well as Bridges Vocal Ensemble. Kim has arranged music for both groups and has written original music. Kim happily returned to her PLC family as accompanist in 2012 after a 10-year hiatus raising her two boys. PLC is grateful to this accomplished musician for her steadfast presence and keyboard prowess.


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Cin Bowman, President

Cin Bowman is a healthcare chaplain. A graduate of Pittsburg State University (BSED) and Texas Christian University (MDiv), Cin has worked in ministry, social services, public relations and communications for various healthcare, non-profit and governmental organizations. Cin has sung in many choirs over the years – including the chancel choir of the American Church in Paris. She was a co-founder and singer in the Unsung Singers quartet. Cin found her musical home and a close community when she joined PLC in 2012. She has served as Music Committee Co-Coordinator and is now serving her third term as President of the Board and choir.