Auditions and Registration Open for Central Coast Chorale
The Central Coast Chorale kicks off the new season with auditions for new members and registration for existing members on Saturday morning, Aug. 23 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Auditions are 9:15 to 10:30 in the Studio Theater. Registration for returning members is 9:45 to 10:30 in the lobby. From 10:30 to 12:30 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. Membership 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 members, 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.
“Singing with a choir is a chance to be part of something where the sum is so much greater than the parts,” says member Tim Grady. “There’s an easy camaraderie among the members. And performances–especially the holiday concerts–are always a lot of fun.”
December concerts are scheduled on Friday the 12th at the Waldport Community Presbyterian Church and Sunday the 14th at the Newport Performing Arts Center. A special performance of the Faure Requiem will be held in March of next year followed by the chorale’s annual spring “Anything Goes” concert in April.
“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.