2023 Cantata Choir
The 2023 Community Christmas Cantata Choir is excited to announce our one hour presentation of “The King Is Here”. This choral cantata, presented in our 37th season, was arranged and orchestrated by Cliff Duren, and blends narration with a collection of Christmas music in contemporary and traditional styles. The upbeat and moving music is expected to appeal to most tastes and ages. All performances will be interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL) for the hard of hearing.
Our 2023 season schedule is as follows:
- December 3, Sunday, 4:00pm, AMITY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
1305 Goucher Street, Amity, 503-835-2551
- December 8, Friday, 7:00pm, FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
390 Northeast Second Street, McMinnville, 503-472-6256
- December 9, Saturday, 3:00pm, JOYFUL SERVANT LUTHERAN CHURCH
1716 North Villa Road, Newberg, 503-538-0475
Will be live streamed. Click here for YouTube link
- December 10, Sunday, 5:00pm, BAKER CREEK COMMUNITY CHURCH
325 Northwest Baker Creek Road, McMinnville, 503-434-5541
- December 12, Tuesday, 7:00pm, YAMHILL CHRISTIAN CHURCH
265 West Main Street, Yamhill, 503-899-7861
- December 15, Friday, 7:00pm, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
300 Flower Lane, Dayton, 503-864-2474
- December 17, Sunday, 4:00pm, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
1500 Southwest Old Sheridan Road, McMinnville, 503-472-7841
- December 21, Thursday, 7:00pm, ST JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH
1145 Northeast First Street, McMinnville, 503-472-5232
This schedule may be impacted by inclement weather. If in doubt, contact the church or the director to confirm a performance after noon on the day of the anticipated performance.
There are 45+ participants in the over-all production, including the 25+-member, six-part, non-denominational choir; Youth Chorus; ASL Choir; narrator and instrumental musicians (piano, synthesizer, percussion, guitar, electric bass, flute and clarinet). Many faith traditions are represented from several counties. Since 1987, this group has assembled annually in early October solely for the purpose of preparing the Christmas cantata. Several soloists are involved. All participants are volunteers and pay for their own materials. The director of the group since 1990 has been Lee Schrepel of Yamhill, former choir leader at Joyful Servant Lutheran Church, Newberg, and Trinity Lutheran Church, McMinnville. The piano accompanist is Dardie Robinson of Gaston.
The public is enthusiastically invited and will be warmly welcomed. Hosting congregations are asked to offer refreshments and child care, and all will receive a free-will monetary offering in support of YCAP’s Yamhill County Food Bank. In this manner, more than $295,000 was raised during the 2003 through 2022 cantata seasons!
Lee Schrepel, director
COMMUNITY CANTATA CHOIR, season #37