North Coast Chorale

Astoria, OR

Chorale 2011


Winter Stories

Winter StoriesSaturday, December 21 at 7 pm

Sunday, December 22 at 2 pm

Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center

16th and Franklin, Astoria

Tickets: $10

This year 2013 has presented us with opportunities to celebrate the births and perform the music of three major composers – Verdi, Wagner and Britten. The Astoria Music Festival certainly covered the first two composers this past summer. The North Coast Chorale has chosen to focus on a popular and frequently performed piece by the contemporary English composer, Benjamin Britten (1913-1976).


The Ceremony of Carols was written in 1942 along with a sister piece, Hymn to Saint Cecilia (the saint associated with music). After 3 years in the U.S., Britten boarded a Swedish cargo ship, the MS Axel Johnson. When it stopped in Nova Scotia, he found a book of poetry entitled The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems, on which he based some of the pieces in his Ceremony of Carols.


For our Winter Stories concert, we will include some familiar English carols to go along with the Ceremony of Carols during the first half of our program. The second half will feature holiday music of the 40s, the war years. This is tied in with circumstances surrounding the composition of the Ceremony of Carols. Britten wrote some of these carols while making his trip across the Atlantic from America, back to his home in England. At the time, the waters of the Atlantic were full of U Boats.


A good number of holiday songs were written during the war years. Their purpose was to both cheer up the listeners and singers and to reminisce about how much they missed and appreciated the holidays they celebrated during peace time with family and friends.


Our concert will include other music composed during this period as a tribute to those men and women who bravely sacrificed home and hearth to be a part of our armed forces. We thank the members of the String of Pearls jazz ensemble and harpist Cheri Walker for joining us.


New Season Starts Sept. 10

brittenSinging with others creates Harmony, and recent research reveals that when people sing in a choir their heart beats are synchronized so that the pulse of the choir members tends to increase and decrease in unison following the flow of the music. All in all, singing makes you feel good and it's good for you!


The North Coast Chorale, providing choral music to the north coast community for over twenty years, is looking for singers of all voice ranges and all ages. We perform music from all genres and you may also receive credit through Clatsop Community College. An exciting musical season is being planned.


Come to our first rehearsal/workshop on September 10th at 6:45 pm, at the PAC – Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, 16th and Franklin, Astoria. For more information, contact the director, Denise Reed, at 503-325-3602 or our president Cheryl Capellen at 503-325-7548.


Festival Prelude: Astoria on Stage

AMF 2013Astoria Music Festival event

Friday, June 14 at 7:30 pm
Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center

16th & Franklin Sts, Astoria


Don't miss this special pre-festival showcase of classical and popular music featuring local groups and soloists, including the North Coast Symphonic Band, String of Pearls Big Band, Fisher Poets, and of course the North Coast Chorale!


The chorale will be singing some of the Opera and Broadway selections from our May concert. Featured soloists: Jacki Hoard and Sara Drage.


From Opera to Broadway

PhantomSaturday, May 18 at 7 pm
Sunday, May 19 at 2 pm
Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center

16th & Franklin Sts, Astoria


The North Coast Chorale sings choruses from Carmen, Il trovatore, Dido and Aeneas, Madama Butterfly, Nabucco and Lohengrin in the operatic first part of its 2013 spring concert, ending with some Gilbert and Sullivan fun from HMS Pinafore.


Then the Chorale switches gears and sings some favorites from Broadway musicals in the second half, including The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Rent, Chicago and Wicked.


You'll be singing along for most of the show, and get to hear some pretty incredible solos as well. Bring your opera glasses, dress up and help us celebrate the spring!!


Special thanks to Karen Temple, LaRee Johnson, Holly McHone Jewelry, Robert Noyes, Alvis Porter, Sylvia Stephens, Dennis Allwein, Carol Smith, Kate Giese, Lawrence Aldred, John Dahlsten, Astoria Coffee Roasters, Larry Jordan and Wadsworth Electric.


The Chorale dedicates its 2013 spring concert to the memory of Charlie Ray. Charlie served as the Chorale's volunteer bookkeeper for many years, and often took on offstage duties at our concerts. A musical prodigy, Charlie sang and played piano and organ at age six! A faculty member in electrical engineering at Cal Tech for 35 years, and an active member of the Astoria community after that, Charlie will be missed.



The North Coast Chorale Presents Winter Concert "Peace On Earth"


Peace on EarthGet in the spirit of the coming holidays with music that celebrates the season performed at two concerts by the area’s premier purveyor of choral music the North Coast Chorale (NCC), based in Astoria. You’ll hear traditional holiday music as well as “Sounds of Peace.” Audiences will enjoy art work on hand, furnished by students of Kristen Shauck of Clatsop Community College. There’ll also be a dance segment courtesy of the Maddox Dance Studio.


A joyous introduction to the coming season, the concerts have been themed “Peace on Earth,” a wish that unites us world-wide. Make a note of their date: Saturday, December 8, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 9, at 2:00 p.m. All performances will take place at Clatsop Community College’s Performing Arts Center.



Save the Date for Community Messiah Sing-a-Long and Play-a-Long.
Sun Nov. 25th, 4:00 p.m.

The North Coast Chorale is looking for instrumentalists who have at one time played the Messiah, or those who have never played this well loved piece of music but would rather try playing instead of singing. Now is your opportunity to accompany like minded singers who love this piece and want to have a wonderful time singing along with others.


This event will take place at the CCC Performing Arts Center this year and will be co-sponsored by the Astoria Christian Church. Cash and check donations will be accepted with all funds going to local food banks.Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has provided partial matching funds.


Come out and enjoy and evening of wonderful music that has been sung for almost 300 years. Listen to some outstanding soloists continue this tradition of Handel’s Messiah in Astoria.


Interested instrumentalists please call 503-338-8403. Instrumental scores are available.






Gospel and Jazz ConcertFeaturing local instrumentalists Lawrence Aldred, David Ambrose, Randy Brown and Richard Thomasian under the direction of Dr. Denise Reed with accompanist Debbie Loyd.


Our spring concert will be at the Clatsop Community College (CCC) Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 19 at 7 pm and Sunday, May 20 at 2 pm. Admission is $10, children 12 & under free with an adult. Tickets available at the Chamber of Commerce and at the door. This performance is part of the CCC Arts and Ideas program.


Don't miss "The Art of Possibility: Jazz and Community Building" on May 8th at 7:30 pm at the CCC Performing Arts Center. Tim DuRoche will speak and lead a discussion. The Conversation Project is made possible by the generous support of the Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oregon Cultural Trust.


Go to our Donote page to download a form to make donations for the spring concert and lecture series.




Winter Concert 2011 Poster"'Twas the Night Before Christmas" & the Rutter "Magnificat"

Saturday, Dec. 10 & Sunday, Dec. 11, 7 pm & 2 pm

Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center

16th & Franklin, Astora


Mary with AngelsThe North Coast Chorale sang John Rutter's Magnificat, with soprano Genevieve Butenshon, and instrumentation by local musicians, in the first half of our winter concert at the PAC. A very challenging but beautiful arrangement of this classic canticle from the Gospel of Luke, Rutter's Magnificat was first performed on May 26, 1990 in Carnegie Hall. Rutter added a 15th-century English poem, "Of a Rose, a lovely Rose" to the piece, as well as mixing in some Latin rhythms, making for an enjoyable feast of music.


The chorale, with help from the Astor Street Opry Company's Angel Choir, performed Clement Clark Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, set to music by Ken Darby and arranged by Harry Simeone, in the second half of our winter concert, where Santa exclaims, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all good night."


Twas the Night Before ChristmasThe poem was first published anonymously in 1823, and is supposedly largely responsible for the conception of Santa Claus.


From the sublime to Santa, come out and see the chorale ring in the holidays, as we embark upon the the second 20 years of a great North Coast choral tradition. This concert marks the third show in Astoria for the chorale this season, after a very successful Messiah singalong and an awesome production of Amahl and the Night Visitors (see below).



Amahl and the Night Visitors
Dec. 1 & 2, 7:30 pm, PAC, Astoria


Amahl PosterDon't miss this mini-opera by Gian-Carlo Menotti, starring the chorale's own Louise Goyena, Ann Bronson, Will Caplinger and John Dahlsten, along with Deac Guidi and Michael Campellone. With shepherds and shepherdesses from the chorale bringing the fruits of the season and good cheer, and dancing, singing and great accompaniment on two pianos.


The Performing Arts Center in Astoria on 16th and Franklin is the venue, and some pretty amazing set work by Joseph Goyena and John Dahlsten (among others) lights up the stage.


Here are photos of the some of the cast:


Amahl Balthazaar Kaspar


Mother Melchior



"Voices of Astoria Past, Present & Future": Contributions of Ethnic Groups to Astoria's Past

Astoria BicentennialFor its spring concert, "Voices of Astoria Past, Present & Future", the North Coast Chorale commissioned music by composer Barbara Poulshock. The chorale also sang songs celebrating the contributions of Norwegians, Native Americans, Finns, Irish and other ethnic groups to the history of Astoria.




faure requiemNorth Coast Chorale Presents the Fauré "Requiem"


The North Coast Chorale welcomed all to join them for free performances of Gabriel Faure’s "Requiem". The first performance was Friday, April 1, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. at the Seaside Methodist Church, 241 North Holladay Drive. The second was Friday, April 8, 2011 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Astoria, 12th and Exchange Streets.

These performances were in honor of all who have lost their lives this past year through violence, war or disaster. Donations were accepted and the money will be donated to the Women's Resource Center.


With Will Caplinger and Brier Gregory as soloists, Jeffrey Reynolds on violin, Debbie Loyd as accompanist, and Denise Reed as director, the concerts were serene, beautiful and moving.


Talent Night Fundraiser


On February 26th the North Coast Chorale invited the community to an evening of music, comedy, a silent auction and refreshments at the Performing Arts Center at 16th St. and Franklin Avenue in Astoria. The doors opened at 6:00p.m. for early viewing of auction items. The music began at 7:00p.m. Members of the chorale sang, danced and had a great time entertaining all. The purpose of the event was to raise funds to finish payment on our wonderful new risers locally crafted by Todd Reed of All Metal Fabrications. The night was a huge success financially, and a great time was had by audience and performers alike! The chorale thanks our generous donors, and all of the people that made the evening a memorable one!


We are always looking for new singers!

Love to sing? The study of music has been demonstrated to improve cognitive ability, enhance mathematical performance and improve your outlook on life. The North Coast Chorale welcomes new members of all levels. While the ability to read music is a plus, recorded performance aids are available so that anyone with a love of singing can add their voice to bring great performances to the North Coast of Oregon and SW Washington. For more information contact Constance Waisanen at 503-458-6853 or Dr. Denise Reed at 702-236-2297.


If you are interested in singing with the North Coast Chorale, rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 6:45 to 9:00pm at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center on the corner of 16 and Franklin Streets in Astoria.


For more information, see our members page.

"Singing opens our hearts and minds and I am convinced that through the message of music, we can make a difference in the way people look at their lives and the universe."
>Dr. Denise Reed-Hinds, North Coast Chorale music director

upcoming shows

NCC Winter Concert

Celebrating Benjamin Britten's 100th Birthday with a performance of his: "A Ceremony of Carols"
Dec. 21, 2013 - Saturday 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 22, 2013 - Sunday - 2:00 p.m.
CCC Performing Arts Center

16th & Franklin, Astoria
Tickets: $10.00


The North Coast Chorale is a welcoming; community-based non- profit organization dedicated to the presentation of great choral literature and is committed to the promotion of music education.