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30th Annual Cantata Choir – Come and Sing!

The 2016 COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CANTATA CHOIR will begin rehearsals on Monday, October 3, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., in the cafeteria / multi-purpose room at Yamhill-Carlton High School, 275 North Maple Street (northeast of Y-C’s gymnasium on the east side of Highway 47), Yamhill. Subsequent rehearsals will be October and November Monday evenings and November Saturday mornings through November 28. Performances throughout the area will be during the period November 29 through December 22.

During this 30th season, the group will perform “A Merry Clydesdale Christmas”, a wonderful collection of music appropriate to the Advent and Christmas seasons in a 60-minute program weaving the Christmas Story in narration with traditional, uplifting and upbeat Christian music. The music is likely to appeal to most tastes and ages.

No auditions are necessary except for solo and small ensemble parts, children in the youth chorus and narrators. The ability to sing and read moderately difficult choral music is encouraged and will be helpful. Participants, other than the youth chorus, should not be younger than “mature” middle or high schoolers. The five-part non-denominational choir typically includes 30-50 voices, plus parts for piano, narrators, bells, percussion, guitar, synthesizer, bass, brass, woodwind and stringed instruments and American Sign Language interpreter(s). This will be an excellent opportunity, with a short-term commitment, for community members to be musically involved who have no church, have no choir or would like to supplement their routine participation in a church choir or other musical group.

Those interested in participating or desiring additional information should IMMEDIATELY contact director Lee Schrepel. Song books and rehearsal CDs should be available at the first rehearsal. Additional materials will be ordered later for participants responding subsequent to the initial order. Participants are expected to pay for their own materials ($35 for song book and rehearsal CD), with payment requested at time of order and due not later than the first rehearsal. Individuals, businesses or organizations interested in underwriting all or part of the cantata’s cost should contact the director.

For the 27th season, this group will sing under the leadership of Yamhill resident Lee Schrepel, choir director at Joyful Servant Lutheran Church in Newberg and former choir director at Trinity Lutheran, McMinnville. The choir has involved people from many communities in Clackamas, Marion, Polk, Washington and Yamhill counties. There are usually nine or ten performances, which have included churches in Amity, Beaverton, Carlton, Cornelius, Dayton, Forest Grove, Lafayette, McMinnville, Newberg, Sheridan, Sherwood, Yamhill and the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) near Sheridan. This choir, through offerings received at programs over the past 12 seasons, has raised about $130,000 to support YCAP and other local food banks!

If you’re interested, please contact the director.

Lee Schrepel, director