The Cannon Beach Chorus will begin rehearsals for their fall performance season on Monday, September 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Community Church. Under the direction of Dr. John Buehler, the Chorus is comprised of singers from numerous communities on the North Oregon Coast, which includes: Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach, Tillamook, and Bay City. The 55-60 voice Chorus is a non-audition group of all ages that performs a wide variety of choral music and they will perform on December 6-8 at different locations.
Their December performances are a part of their “Holiday Favorites – Old and New,” which features a joyful mix of classic carols and contemporary songs. Dr. John Beuhler, Artistic Director of the Cannon Beach Chorus, says that the songs will be familiar favorites and will include both classical and popular numbers.
The Cannon Beach Chorus was founded in 1988 under the direction of Danny Lawson, owner of New Star Recording Studio. Lawson was the director from 1988-1991. The first performance was in August 1988, featuring popular songs from the 1960s and 1970s with the Coast Youth Electric Symphony. The IRS granted not-for-profit status to the Chorus on October 16, 1990.
“Interested folks can join any time,” said Buehler.
New members are welcome and those interested should visit the website at www.cannonbeachchorus.org or contact 503-436-0378 for more information.
You can also simply show up at the rehearsals to join. The rehearsals will be on Monday nights starting at 6:30 p.m., beginning on September 2.
You may sign in as a guest for two weeks to see if it’s a good fit. Cannon Beach Chorus membership dues are $35 per concert season and members supply their own black music folder. Music is provided for singers at no charge and members can refer to the Chorus Member Handbook for specific information regarding concert attire.
Buehler says the Cannon Beach Chorus is an “intercommunity” involving citizens from Tillamook to Astoria and beyond.
“It’s a great community,” said Buehler.