Who We Are
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. Members identify in various ways on the gender continuum; we have members who are cis, trans, nonbinary and agender. 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. See where we've been: PLC In the Spotlight
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, ARTISTIC 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. Mary’s dedication, skill and passion has helped PLC grow in musical excellence and PLC is so thankful to have her share her gifts with the choir.
Kim Horenstein, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Kim is a native of Oregon and has been involved with PLC since 1988: singing in the choir, serving as section lead, serving as accompanist, arranging and composing, and since Februrary 2019, as PLC’s first Assistant Director. Kim has been commissioned by PLC to write an original composition for the June 2020 concert.
COLIN ALEXSEI SHEPARD - ACCOMPANIST
PLC is thrilled to introduce Colin as our new accompanist. Colin is the music director and conductor at Cedar Hills United Church of Christ. He earned his Masters in Piano Performance at Portland State University, where he was the Graduate Teacher’s Assistant for collaborative piano accompanying the PSU Chamber Choir and opera studies program. Colin has accompanied and performed in over 500 recitals and played for masterclasses with opera legends Lawrence Brownlee, Frederica von Stade, Angela Meade, and Vinson Cole.