The Cannon Beach Chorus, under the direction of Dr. John Buehler, will begin the fall 2015 performance season on Monday, Sept. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Community Church, 132 E. Washington St., Cannon Beach. Entering their 27th year, the chorus will begin rehearsing choral literature representing music from the 1800s to the present and includes Mass in G by Franz Schubert with organ and string quartet; a collection of carols by British composer, John Rutter and a collection of seasonal favorites, all of which will be presented at the December concerts.
The 55-voice chorus is open to singers age 16 and beyond and includes members from the coastal communities of Ocean Beach, Washington, Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, and Wheeler. As advocates of choral music education, the chorus avidly supports area-wide high school choral music programs and has shared concerts with choral ensembles from Astoria High School, Warrenton High School, and Seaside High School and is planning a 2016 spring concert with Warrenton high school singers under the direction of Mr. Michael McClure. Additionally, the chorus awards the Carol Homme Memorial Scholarship to a graduating senior vocalist who plans to continue singing at the collegiate level.
The 2015 recipients of that award are Alyssa Hanson of Warrenton, who plans to attend the University of Oregon, and Ellie Whitlock of Cannon Beach, who will major in music at Pacific University this fall.
The leadership of the Cannon Beach Chorus is comprised of Terri Michelsen, president, Wheeler; Sara Drage, vice-president, Astoria; Sherrie Chojnacki, secretary, Gearhart; Ron Crandall, treasurer, Seaside; Anne Coopersmith, music librarian, Nehalem; members-at-large Denny Hennessy, Manzanita; Margaret Page, Nehalem; and Judy Holmes, Manzanita. The musical leadership is Dr. John Buehler, music director/conductor, and Dr. Susan Buehler, pianist/organist.
For more information about the Cannon Beach Chorus, visit cannonbeachchorus.org or call 503-436-0378.