Save the dates!

There will be a full press release coming soon but in the meantime be sure to save these dates for our upcoming Spring Concerts. Central Coast Chorale and Women of Note with some special guests will  be in Waldport in the evening on Friday, April 22nd. We're heading down to Yachats for the first time in several seasons on Saturday afternoon, April 23rd. On Sunday April 24th we're "at home" in Newport. And we'll finish up our season in Lincoln City on Sunday, May 1st. How's that for Central Coast coverage! Please check the events tab on our web page for specific times and locations. Looking forward to seeing all our choral music loving friends for this earth-themed concert!

Now auditioning for the spring season!

The Central Coast Chorale is preparing to begin rehearsals for our Spring Session. We will start rehearsing on January 9th, preparing for a series of three concerts in April and May. This season we will be concentrating on music with an Earth Day theme. After a challenging fall season that included our own Christmas concert as well as a major collaboration with the Newport Symphony Orchestra, we're looking forward to a slightly mellower spring. We will do a couple of challenging pieces such as Eric Whitacre's Cloudburst (Whitacre is always challenging) and a couple of familiar pieces such as Robert DeCormier's arrangement of Harry Belafonte's Turn the World Around that the Chorale performed in 2013. We are particularly looking forward to learning John Rutter's lovely For the Beauty of the Earth. We're even hoping to incorporate some didgeridoo or African drums into the concert.

If you are interested in joining the Chorale this season, we are accepting new singers by audition. Mary Lee will be holding auditions on Wednesday, January 6 between 4 and 6 pm at the OCCC South Beach campus. Auditions consist of some scales to judge your voice part and several exercises to demonstrate ability to match pitch and follow a rhythm scheme. You may prepare something to sing if you would like but it is not required. Once all the auditions are complete, candidates will be contacted as to whether or not there is a place available in the Chorale.

For more information or to arrange an alternate time for an audition, please contact Mary Lee at

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.

Our talented staff and members

Here's a concert and show alert for a couple of events featuring CCC personnel. 

First up, this weekend and next weekend One of Us Productions is presenting Nunsensations! at the Yachats Commons. Soprano Linda Curtice is on of the stars (Sister Mary Leo) and our accompanist Milo Graamans is the show's musical director. Tickets are $15 and are available at several Yachats locations as well as at the door. Find more information on their Facebook page.

And also this weekend, the Lincoln County Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA) presents their bi-yearly fundraising event, Spotlight on the TeachersTwice a year, in September and February, local piano teachers and colleagues collaborate to bring you a delightful variety of music on stage at the Newport PAC. Admission is by donation and all donations go to the Suzanne Brown Memorial Student Aid Fund, which benefits our local students. The concert is at 3 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Newport. Our very own Mary Lee Settle, director of the CCC, will be one of the featured performers along with CCC soprano Katrina Theodore. Contact information available on their Facebook page.

Don't miss these great opportunities to support our local talent!



Auditions for the Central Coast Chorale Fall season!

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.

Welcome to the Central Coast Chorale Blog

Hi, everyone. Hope you've been having a wonderful summer. Our director and board have been enjoying their summer but also have been busy planning for the upcoming season. We hope you have all marked your calendars for August 29th, our first rehearsal of the 2015/2014 season. Mary Lee has been working on selecting some wonderful music for us to sing and we can't wait to get started. See you all then!