The Central Coast Chorale kicks off the new season with auditions for new singers Sunday, August 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 and Wednesday, August 26 from 4:00 to 6:00. Auditions will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Newport at 227 NE 12th Street. First rehearsal for everyone and registration for returning singers is Saturday, August 29 at 9:30 at the First Presbyterian Church. The group will go through warm-ups and review music for the December concerts.
“Auditions are open to anyone 14 and older with an interest in singing,” says Mary Lee Scoville, director of the Chorale. “They are done in a very non-threatening environment but are necessary to determine vocal range, voice type, and previous musical experience.”
Rehearsals are generally held every other week on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 12:30 at the Performing Arts Center. Specific dates and policies will be reviewed during the first rehearsal. Dues are $40 per semester or $75 for the year. A limited number of scholarships are available.
“One of the things that draws me to choir is my love of music and singing with other people,” says David Adolf, president of the chorale. “We have a wide variety of songs and I really like the spirituals. Another thing I appreciate is the broad make-up of our singers, some who have very strong music skills and others who do not. Everyone can pull from those with stronger skills and learn music reading and counting.”
Although it makes learning easier, singers need not be able to read music. Recorded CDs will be available for all the music with specific section parts emphasized.
The chorale will present its annual “Wishes and Candles” concert on December 6. Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” will be featured along with other sacred and secular holiday music. Additionally, a special performance in collaboration with the Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Corvallis Repertory Singers will be presented at the Newport Performing Arts Center on December 12 and 13. Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” and Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” will be featured in the concerts.
“Our director has a way of bringing out the best in your performance,” says Adolf. “No matter your skill level, Mary Lee will make you work until the performance is excellent and she does it without criticism. It takes a special person to move a group along like that.”
The Central Coast Chorale has been directed by Dr. Scoville since its inception in 1997 and is dedicated to providing the community with quality music that entertains and educates. For more information, contact Scoville at 541-563-6830.