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 Principal Accompanist ...

Sebastien Gabriel Eichvalds Rodriguez is a music educator from Raleigh, North Carolina, where they received their Bachelor of Music from Meredith College.  After moving to Portland, Oregon in 2014, Sebastien became involved in LGBT choirs, leading to assistant-directing the Bridging Voices GSA Youth Chorus. 

 

After a year, they left Bridging Voices to start a new project: Transpose PDX, Oregon's only singing organization for and by transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming singers.  Under the Transpose PDX umbrella, Sebastien currently serves as accompanist for transpose Community Choir; sings in Acchord, the organization's a capella ensemble and outreach group; and often arranges music for both choirs.  Outside of Transpose PDX, they also teach early childhood music classes and offer private piano and voice lessons.

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