The Cannon Beach Chorus will begin rehearsals for the 2016-17 performance year on Sept. 12 at the Cannon Beach Community Church, located at 132 E. Washington St.

The non-audition chorus will begin its 27th year of singing and welcomes singers age 16 and older. Rehearsals are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday evening and are led by choral director of John Buehler.

The repertoire for the fall season — focusing on Christmas celebrations around the world — will include “Gloria,” a three-movement work for mixed voices by British composer John Rutter; “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Silent Night” arranged by John Rutter; and carols from Venezuela, France, Spain and Nigeria.

Chorus membership is comprised of individuals from Ocean Park, Washington; Astoria; Warrenton; Gearhart; Seaside; Cannon Beach; Manzanita; Nehalem; Wheeler; Rockaway Beach and Tillamook.

The Cannon Beach Chorus is an advocate for choral music education in public schools and offers a vocal scholarship annually to students participating in choral singing. The 2016-17 recipient is Ellie Whitlock, a freshman music major at Pacific University.

Choral members are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early for the first rehearsal, since music will be distributed and the necessary paperwork completed.

For more information, visit www. cannonbeachchorus.org. For carpooling opportunities, call 503-436-0378.

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