The Oregon Young Men's Ensemble has been a remarkable place for high-school-aged young men to sing since its founding in 1990, under the direction of Laurie Guttormsen as part of the Oregon Children's Choir. For nearly 20 years, the ensemble has entertained crowds in Eugene and as far away as Europe, Mexico and China. Past directors also include Jason and Cate Caffarella and David Fitch. The ensemble is now under the direction of Chris Dobson, who is a former member of the ensemble and is now an award-winning choir director. He strives to retain the high level of musicianship and atmosphere of deep camaraderie the choir achieved in the past while aiming for the future with creative performances of challenging literature.