The Cannon Beach Chorus, under the direction of John Buehler, will begin rehearsals for the spring season on Monday, Jan. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Community Church, 132 E. Washington St.
The spring season, “All-American,” will feature choral repertoire composed or arranged by American composers beginning with a Navajo prayer “Now I Walk in Beauty” by Gregg Smith and concluding with “No End To Singing,” a piece composed in 2017 by composer Daniel Gawthrop.
The concert will also feature the premier performance of a 30th-anniversary piece composed by Gawthrop which was commissioned by the chorus. Other works to be performed include “The Last Words of David,” by Randall Thompson; “To God Our Strength,” arr., Shaw-Parker; “Hail, Sacred Music, Hail,” by composer William Billings; “Alleluia,composed by Ralph Manuel; Edwin Fissinger arrangements of three Stephen Foster songs; a repeat performance of “I Hear the Stars Still Singing,” by composer J. Michael Saunders, which was commissioned for the chorus’s 25th anniversary year; plus a medley of selections from the musical “Guys and Dolls.”
The 60-voice non-audition chorus is an advocate for choral music education and supports the area-wide public school choral programs and also awards a vocal scholarship each spring to graduating high school seniors wishing to continue singing at the collegiate level. For more information regarding the scholarship program and application process, visit the chorus website www.cannonbeachchorus.org.
The membership of the chorus represents every community on the coast from Astoria to Oceanside. More information can be found at www.cannonbeachchorus.org or by calling 503-436- 0378.