TOC CONCERT HALL IS A NONPROFIT, NON-RELIGIOUS, ALL-AGES VENUE in Portland, Oregon. Built in 1882, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Our mission is to produce and present programs that reflect and enhance the cultural life of the community and to preserve and celebrate the building’s historic architecture.
TOC’s programming is intentionally and thoughtfully curated. We produce and present hundreds of concerts and events each year. Through our programming and operations, we are committed to being a cultural living room open to all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, disability status, geography, age and other forms of bias. Diversity, equity and inclusion are central values as we strive to foster inspired and creative community.
We also produce community programming which includes 50 years of weekly classical Lunchtime Concerts, Little Ears Concerts for Children, and the social justice series WE CAN LISTEN. During the pandemic closers we adapted with purpose to produce the virtual streaming Better Together series, as well as a feature-length documentary Tipping Point.
We are long-time community partners with many of Portland’s innovative and beloved arts organizations including: 45th Parallel, Fear No Music, Friends of Chamber Music. We’re also excited to host storytelling groups: The Moth Story Slam, Miz Kitty’s Parlour Vaudeville show, plus vintage radio stars The Tesla City Stories.
TOC is committed to providing a safe space from discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, we maintain a strict policy prohibiting harassment in any form (verbal, physical, visual, etc.). Inappropriate conduct which creates an unsafe, intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment is prohibited at TOC.
TOC is a public place and we endeavor to make it a safe and friendly space. Volunteers and guests in our house are encouraged to bring suggestions or concerns to our attention. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a note anonymously in one of our suggestion boxes. Thank you for telling us how we are doing.
AMANDA STARK SHUR is our executive director. Since 2010, she’s worked to elevate TOC’s profile internationally, expanding the spectrum of programs and performances, and leading capital campaigns to preserve and enhance the concert hall. Amanda has 30 years experience in the music business, as a songwriter and performer, artist manager, festival founder and record label operator.
GINA'S work in the arts and non-profit worlds has a long history. She managed and promoted events for the illustrious Art Deco Society of California and the historic Sherman Clay Piano Company. Since arriving at TOC in 2010, Gina has connected with hundreds of organizations and forged wonderful community partnerships. She’s also a professional singer whose love of music and production blends perfectly in her work at TOC. Gina has a MA in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
AMANDA comes to TOC after 15 years working in cultural nonprofits. She has a Masters degree in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She combines her passion for history and management into her role as TOC’s new office manager. As a Portland native , Amanda has witnessed the evolution of this city and recognizes the value the of historic preservation in contemporary culture.
JULIANA comes to TOC with a diverse range of talents and more than 20 years’ experience in the Portland arts scene. A photographer, writer, and performer, she has worked with organizations ranging from PICA and Teatro Milagro to the now-defunct Anodyne Magazine and Gallery 8, a photographer’s co-operative. In the local music scene, she has made her mark with several venues and organizations in booking, promotion, artist management, production management and event coordination. She is excited to bring all of her skills and experience to her position as Events Director at The Old Church, to help the organization grow and evolve, while keeping alive the historic spirit of this cultural Portland gem.
EMILY OVERSTREET is the Director of Booking for events presented by The Old Church Concert Hall. She has over fifteen years of experience in the music industry, including nearly ten years of working for one of the top promoters in the country. She finds joy in curating unforgettable show experiences that cater to the specific architecture, lighting, and acoustics of the Old Church. She takes inspiration from the never -ending possibilities that are born from the widening landscape and diversity of art in Portland and beyond.
AMANDA STARK SHUR
Director of Booking
Chief Sound & Lighting Engineer
Darren Oberg, has decades of experience running sound for festivals and small and large venues on the west coast. Involved in every detail of the new Alcons audio system installation in 2016, he is an essential and trusted member of the team. Darren has truly found his creative home at TOC.
Social Media Marketing
Through her signature savvy sense of style, Moe has helped TOC grow and develop a strong and bold online presence in Portland and beyond.
Matthew Gannon is the owner and chief designer of Ganyoon Graphics, and creates all of TOC’s eye popping posters. They understand that first impressions are everything. Attention to detail, technical prowess, instinctive ability, affable rapport, and respect for budget/time constraints has won clients over again and again.
Web Design & Development
As the creative director and owner of Snow B. Designs, Snow Blackwood works with us in a simple, straight forward and honest way to assist with management of our website, marketing and graphic design needs.
THE VOLUNTEER BOARD of The Old Church plays an essential role in governance, fundraising, and strategy. Our board members have varied backgrounds including music, design, architecture, and management. And they’re all passionate about The Old Church.
JULIANNE JOHNSON WEISS
The Old Church humbly acknowledges that the Portland metropolitan area rests on the traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia (Wimahl) and Willamette (Whilamut) rivers.
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