Who We Are ...
Confluence is a diverse group of people who come together to celebrate and honor diversity through music. Our members live throughout the Willamette Valley, currently ranging from Eugene to Portland. Since 2000, we have been meeting every Sunday afternoon to rehearse and enjoy each other's company, growing from the original sixteen singers to our current fifty or so. Members put in many hours of rehearsal and practice time for each concert, with the goal of creating high-quality music without being stuffy.
As an LGBT chorus, we strive to celebrate and affirm the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals. The chorus is non-auditioned, meaning that anyone who can match pitch can sing with us. And you don't have to be part of the LGBT "alphabet" to participate - just be an ally who believes in our message and purpose. So consider becoming part of our Confluence family as a singer, a volunteer, or a financial supporter!
Our Artistic Director ...
Oregon native Raymond Elliott is the founding Artistic Director of Confluence. Raymond's goals are to encourage people of all ages to express themselves through music, develop their skills and self-esteem, and discover the joy of musical expression. An active arranger of choral music, Raymond fosters a soulful rhythmic style that resonates with singers and audiences alike.
In addition to his work with Confluence, Raymond is the Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Washington County and a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Unitarian Universalist Musician Network, and the United Church of Christ Musicians Association. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Portland State University and a Master of Conducting from University of Oregon.
Our Accompanist ...
Ingrid is a native Oregonian, originally from the Eugene area now living in Hillsboro. In addition to accompanying the choir and playing for the congregation at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillsboro, Oregon for the past 15 years, Ingrid is in the Cat House Band and has been playing and singing since childhood. She has been active in music and theater (as accompanist or vocalist) in various venues around the Portland and Vancouver metropolitan area and has accompanied numerous musical theatre productions, the last of which was “Rent”.
She is currently on her 30th year of employment at Pacific University in the Enrollment Management/Student Affairs area. During her time at Pacific she has accompanied many students, musical productions, Music in May and also was the accompanist for Pacific University’s Choral Union.
In her spare time, she enjoys attending live ballet and musical concerts as well as going to movies, traveling (especially road trips), knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching memories for the weddings and new babies of her family, friends and co-workers.