THE BEST A CAPPELLA COMMUNITY IN TOWN
PDX Vox is a cross between a chorus and a voice band, where pop songs are performed with voices only, and many voices sing the parts of instruments.There are no voice auditions for PDX Vox. Any previous singing experience qualifies you to join, so long as you have an appreciation for a variety of pop songs. As a participant of PDX Vox, you will improve your singing, learn a bit about the history of a cappella music, and have a great time meeting and harmonizing with other music lovers.
In PDX Vox, we arrange songs from the 1950s to the present. A cappella as a vocal genre takes pop music (rock, folk, doo wop, R & B, jazz) and transforms it into an all-voices musical experience.
There are only a handful of a cappella groups in the Pacific Northwest, and PDX Vox is one of the few opportunities for adults to participate in this dynamic style of group singing.
With a maximum group size of 20 people, PDX Vox singers receive focused teaching that responds to individual needs and input.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTORS
Marie Schumacher: Instructor for the Wednesday Northeast Group
Marie founded PDX Vox in 2004 as a way of integrating her backgrounds in a cappella singing, vocal performance, psychology, and education. As an undergraduate, she directed, managed, and arranged for the Harvard-Radcliffe Opportunes, a mixed a cappella group. She has studied voice, guitar and piano privately for many years, and she has taught singing to adults and children, in both individual and group settings. Marie is a songwriter, a recording artist and a seasoned performer who has released four albums of original music. She also has a master’s in educational psychology and is currently the coach of the Central Catholic Ramophones, a mixed high school a cappella group in Portland.
Aaron Elliott: Instructor for the Monday Harmonic Challenge Group and the Tuesday Northeast Group
Aaron has been singing and participating in music since the age of 5. While in college at Drake University, he co-founded the a cappella group, Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters, and performed in many of Drake’s ensembles. In Portland, he has performed in many groups, both as a vocalist and as a bassist (both electric and upright), including in his own band, Andrew’s Ave. Aaron has been traveling and working in Asia and Eastern Europe over the last year and is returning to PDX Vox in fall 2017. He began teaching with PDX Vox in fall 2012.
Steven Patton: Instructor for the Monday Southeast Group and the Thursday Southwest Group
Steven has been singing in choral, a cappella and other performing groups since he was in middle school. He recently earned a music therapy degree from Marylhurst University. He has vocal music degree from Drake University, where he co-directed, performed in and arranged for the men’s a cappella quintet, Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters. He was also part of Drake’s concert and chamber choir, and he has sung with the Heartsong Carolers in Portland. He currently sings and plays piano in his band, Andrew’s Ave., which has toured extensively over the last four years and has released two studio albums. Steven also released a solo EP early in 2016. He has been teaching with PDX Vox since fall 2011.
Adriana Hernandez: Intern Instructor for the Monday Southeast Group
Adriana graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Music (Vocal Performance) in 2015. While a student there, she sang with Section Line Drive, a mixed a cappella group, as well as the Cappella Nova choir. She currently sings with the a cappella group B-Side Book Club and is a choral scholar at St. James Lutheran Church. She continues to study voice privately. Adriana has taught music and other subjects in several camps and after-school programs.
Louis Umbarger: Intern Instructor for the Wednesday Group
Louie Umbarger graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Music (Composition) in 2015. While a student there, he sang with Section Line Drive, a mixed a cappella group, as well as the Cappella Nova choir. He is currently the music director of the a cappella group B-Side Book Club. He also directs 3 choirs in the Voices of the Performing Arts Foundation in Sherwood. Louis is working toward a degree in massage therapy.