About the Chorus

The Central Coast Chorale is a mixed singing group of about fifty voices. We sing an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary choral works striving always for musical excellence and to share our love of music with our community.


The Central Coast Chorale was founded in 1997 by our director, Mary Lee Scoville, and a group of local residents who wanted to enjoy singing in a convivial yet professional setting. The Chorale has doubled in size and now can claim more than 50 voices. Membership is by audition and is open to anyone age 14 and up. The governing board of the Chorale is drawn from our singers. Community participation and input is always welcome. 

We rehearse on Saturdays from late August to May, often at the Performing Arts Center in Newport or at the Newport First Presbyterian Church. We perform an annual Holiday concert in December known as Wishes and Candles and two concerts in the spring with varied content. In December of 2016 we joined the Newport Symphony Orchestra in their production of Handel's Messiah.

We sing a wide variety of works all the way from classical compositions like the 2014/2015 season's Fauré Requiem to up-to-the-minute works such as Eric Whitacre's contemporary piece "Animal Crackers" based on Ogden Nash's humorous poetry. It's always exciting to see what new and challenging works Mary Lee and the music committee have chosen for us each season. If you'd like to see more of the works we've performed in recent years, please follow this link.


Our Mission

  • To perform quality choral music

  • To share our love of music with the community

  • To provide educational musicianship opportunities

  • To enhance our musical skills


Music Staff

Director -- Dr. Mary Lee Scoville  Asst. Director -- Jim Friesen             Accompanist -- Milo Graamans Librarian -- Mary Minor  

Board of Directors

David Adolf, President
Karin Bigler, Secretary
Susan Woodruff, Treasurer
Terrell Aldredge                         Tiffany Jefferson                                  
Judy Robbins
Katrina Theodore                                  Bob White                                             Dennis White






About Women of Note

Women of Note is our small, women only ensemble. They perform both with the choir and separately at special occasions. 


As with many choirs, we wanted to have a smaller, specialized group so we created Women of Note. This auditioned group of eight female voices performs SSAA arrangements both at our regular concerts and at occasional special events. They rehearse weekly throughout the year. 


Last summer Women of Note represented the Chorale at several events that allow our group to give back to the community. They have been the summer replacement music group for several area church services and they sang at the memorial service of one of the original Women of Note, Jill Baker. In August they sang at Newport First Presbyterian Church and at the Episcopal Outdoor Eucharist at Ona Beach.