Oh this is the animal that was never made.

Oh this is the animal that was never made. It was unknown, and yet each trait —its walk, its poise, its neck, even its radiant silent gaze—was loved. It was not. But because they loved it, it became a pure animal. They left space enough. And in that space, clear and set apart, it lightly

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Hundreds of ways

“Today, like every day, we are ruined and lonely. Don’t retreat, fleeing your emptiness through the doorway of thinking. Try making some music instead.” – Rumi Sacred Works I: The Emerald Tablet by Cult of Orpheus

Blue tigers, feet in the flower bed

Enjoy this Cult of Orpheus original, from our ongoing Rose City Art Song project, with words by Coleman Stevenson and performance by Jocelyn Thomas and Jen Arnold.

Celebrate Five Years of New Lyrical Music and Opera!

Join us to celebrate and share five years of original, lyrical music, featuring our 2018 troupe and special guest performers. We will be performing material from our first album Sacred Works I: The Emerald Tablet, excerpts from our opera Viva’s Holiday, the opera miniature Daphne, and many other works including world premieres! Featuring our 2018

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Sacred Works I: The Emerald Tablet Available on Bandcamp

The first album from Cult of Orpheus, described as “fervently beautiful” by Willamette Week, is now available for download, and limited edition compact disc! Sacred Works I: The Emerald Tablet includes the twelve-movement setting of The Emerald Tablet for vocal quartet and string quartet, three settings of early Buddhist verse for baritone and piano, four

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On June 23 come celebrate our new album!

Our album release is almost here! Tickets are on sale now. You can also RSVP on our Facebook Event. It has been a joyful journey watching our first album take shape. Our troupe singers have brought not only their vocal talents but also their emotions and artistic insights to rehearsals and sessions. The instrumentalists on

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Subscriber thank-you!

Thanks and welcome to our newest subscriber, Joy Ann Loney! Our 2018 season is going to be full of beauty, poetry, and singing-truth-to-power. Join us! Subscribe today. #newmusic #pdxarts #pdxmusic #keepoperaweird

“Safety Nets” – new Cult of Orpheus single

“Safety Nets” is the first single from the ongoing Cult of Orpheus original project Time-wise Animals. The song displays Americana and folk influence but quickly goes on a through-composed adventure with guitar and cello lines intertwining around the vocals. The text, an original sonnet, is a symbolic exploration of failed social safety nets, represented by

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