It's a new season!

We know it still feels like the middle of summer but we’re already preparing for a new season of choral goodness. Our holiday concert dates are set for December. Our music selections have been finalized. And we’re ready to announce auditions for the fall session. If you or any local singers you know have been thinking about joining the chorale, now is the time! We will hold auditions for new singers on Wednesday, August 21 from 4 to 6 pm at the Newport Campus of the Oregon Coast Community College. Mary Lee and her merry band of musical cohorts will be in the Music Room of the OCCC to listen to potential choral recruits. We are accepting all voice parts but, as usual in practically any choir, we’d love to hear from some men.

More about the audition process…applicants will be asked to perform a series of simple musical exercises to show that they can match pitch, reproduce a rhythm, hold a tone against a contrasting voice part. Singers may prepare and perform a song if they like, there will be a pianist, but it is not required. Although we prefer applicants who can read music, it is not a requirement although we certainly hope that if you are accepted into the chorale you will learn to do so as soon as possible. We can help with that.

If you are interested in auditioning but cannot make the time/date listed above, please contact us at admin@centralcoastchorale.com and we will see what we can do about alternate arrangements. If you need to audition at a specific time in the 4 to 6 window or you’d simply like to let us know you intend to audition, use that same email.

We look forward to seeing you. Come sing with us!

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It's Time for "Anything Goes!"

The Central Coast Chorale will be presenting their annual spring concert series, Anything Goes, in late April and early May. They will begin in Yachats with an evening concert at 7 pm on Saturday, April 27 at the Commons. The concert will be repeated in Lincoln City the following afternoon, 2 pm on Sunday, April 28 at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Finally, they will wrap up their 2018-2019 season with a final concert in Newport at 4 pm, Sunday May 5 at the First Presbyterian Church. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person for admission or $20 per family.

It is the choir’s tradition to make their spring concerts an ‘anything goes’ affair, hence the name of the concert. When choir director, Dr. Mary Lee Scoville, is asked what “Anything Goes” means she replies, “It means we get to sing anything we want!” This season the choir has chosen to sing a beautiful and technically challenging piece from the classical repertoire, Vaughn Williams’ The Spring Time of the Year. The composer adapted this song from an old English folk tune, a lovely if rather sad tale of a sailor and his lady love. They have also chosen two songs by American composer Aaron Copland. The rhythmically complicated lullaby The Little Horses, a part of Copland’s Old American Songs series, can be tricky to sing but is fun to hear. And the lovely, sweet, old Shaker song, Simple Gifts, adapted by Copland first for his ballet Appalachian Spring and then for the American song collection, will be familiar to most listeners.

 

 
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Turning to some more upbeat tempos, the Chorale will journey to the Caribbean for a rendition of Harry Belafonte’s Turn the World Around, perhaps most famous for its performance with the Muppets on PBS. And then they’ll move on to Africa for Kuimba! a folk song adapted by Texas composer and educator Victor Johnson. The choir will add some drums to this song that encourages people to sing of love and peace with a joyful heart.

There’s also a lot of fun on the program for this spring show. In addition to Animal Crackers, three pieces by Eric Whitacre that adapt the rather silly poems of Ogden Nash for choral voices, the Central Coast Chorale will also be singing a piece by comedy composer P.D.Q. Bach, known in real life as Peter Schikele. Schikele likes to take real classical pieces and make them funny. The choir will be singing My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth, a parody of Thomas Morley’s My Bonnie Lass She Smileth. It’s a subtle difference until you really listen to the lyrics and catch the musical jokes inserted in the score.

The Women of Note octet will, as always, be the choir’s special guests at the Anything Goes concerts. This year they will be singing choral adaptations of two poems, There Will Come Soft Rains by Sara Teasdale and Down by the Salley Gardens from Irish poet William Butler Yeats. Both are set to hauntingly lovely tunes, the first by Kevin Medley features an oboe accompaniment and the second, arranged by Michael Cleveland here, has become one of the most recorded Irish songs of all time.

With such a variety, the Chorale is sure that everyone will find something to love on this program. Please join us at one, two or all three of these concerts!

 

Wishes and Candles 2015

What a great concert if we do say so ourselves! We had a full house yesterday for our annual holiday concert. The chorale sang eight pieces including For Unto Us a Child is Born from the Messiah, Still, Still, Still an Austrian carol arranged by Norman Luboff and a rousing rendition of Sing We Now of Christmas. Women of Note, our women's group sang five songs. My personal favorite was the Rutter What Sweeter Music. I think it really brought out the beautiful mix of voices that you can hear so clearly with just eight singers. The Oregon Coast Community College choir class, also directed by Mary Lee, did four pieces and then joined the chorale for the grand finale. It was wonderful to have them as guests. They did such a great job.

The occc choir class joins the central coast chorale for the finale number at wishes and candles 2015

The occc choir class joins the central coast chorale for the finale number at wishes and candles 2015

 

We'd like to thank our director, Mary Lee, our wonderful accompanist, Milo, and all the people who came out to the concert on a rainy, blustery day. It's so much fun to sing for an appreciative audience. We love it and hope you did, too!

Join us next weekend for a very different concert. We'll be performing Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon with the Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Corvallis Repertory Singers at the Holiday Spectacular Concert at the Newport Performing Arts Center. We'll be singing Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna and selections from the Bach Christmas Oratorio as well as a number of carols. So looking forward to the timpani in the Oratorio! We had a rehearsal in Corvallis on Saturday with our conductor for the event, Steve Zielke. Steve is the director of choral studies at OSU and founder and directory of the Corvallis Repertory Singers. It was a wonderful rehearsal and we learned a lot in a very short time. We think this is going to be a very exciting concert. Get your tickets before they sell out!  Tickets available though the Oregon Council for the Arts website.

Dr. Steven Zielke conducts rehearsal with the central coast chorale in preparation for holiday spectacular concert.

Dr. Steven Zielke conducts rehearsal with the central coast chorale in preparation for holiday spectacular concert.



December Concerts

Press release...

Central Coast Chorale presents holiday concerts

Join the Central Coast Chorale as they welcome the holiday season with the Wishes and Candles concert. This annual event offers music both sacred and secular, contemporary and classical to celebrate the winter holidays. The First Presbyterian Church of Newport hosts the event on Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 in the afternoon. Suggested admission donation is $10.

The Oregon Coast Community College Chorus and the vocal octet Women of Note will join the chorale for this performance. Several of the pieces will be performed a capella. Pianist Milo Graamans will accompany all others.

The concert will open with an upbeat, richly textured African folk song “Jabula Jesu”. The Austrian carol “Still, Still, Still” is warmly familiar and offers striking contrast to Arvo Pärt’s minimalist “Bogoróditse Djévo.” Composer Philip Stopford’s arrangement of the traditional carol, “Lully, Lulla, Lullay” is simple with a haunting beauty that is sure to please audience members.

Women of Note will sing a contemporary arrangement of the Latin traditional “Dona Nobis Pacem,” John Rutter’s “What Sweeter Music,” and a festive Christmas madrigal. “Wolfgang’s Christmas Canon” by Tom Fetke incorporates a traditional holiday song with a Mozart canon resulting in a bright and lively piece of music. They will close their set with “Ave Maria” by the 16th century master of polyphony, Palestrina. 

The OCCC Chorus will perform several pieces including “Jubilate Deo,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “In December.” They will join the full chorale in the rousing closing number, “Now is the Time of Christemas!” 

The First Presbyterian Church of Newport is located at 227 NE 12th Street. For more information call Chorale Director MaryLee Scoville at 541-563-6830.

The Chorale will also be performing with the Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Corvallis Repertory Singers on both December 12 and 13 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. This Holiday Spectacular performance features Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” and Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna.” Call the PAC ticket office at 541-265-ARTS (2787) for more information and tickets.