Community Choir tunes up for season

New singers invited to apply

Members of the community are invited to join Mid Columbia Community Choir for its 22nd season.

“It’s that time of year when I begin contacting choir members, past and present, to come and join the choir for another great season of choral music,” said director Perry Cole of Hood River.

Diana Beterbide will again accompany on the piano.

“Her expertise on the piano as well as being a very attentive accompanist makes our rehearsals and concert something very special,” Cole said.

Venues will be a little different this year performing at Riverside Community Church and White Salmon’s Henkle Middle School.

“Also we extend our thanks to the White Salmon SDA Church for opening their doors to us for rehearsals,” Cole said.

Members of the community who would like to receive a registration music order form and MCCC 2013 schedule for this year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas music season may contact Cole at 541-806-1395 or


“I am especially excited about this year’s performance since it will include an ensemble of instruments along with the piano for our Christmas cantata,” Cole said.

The choir will perform “Let the Whole World Sing,” a Christmas musical by Joel Raney. In this piece, Raney blends new music with familiar carols in a wide variety of music styles.

“I had the opportunity to talk to Joel the other day about this compilation of music encompassing music genres from around the world,” Cole said. “You will hear Celtic lilts, African rhythms, Caribbean-styled and Middle Eastern motives.”

As in the past, all concerts will benefit local charities.

“Also during our Christmas concerts this year, we will go back over the past 10 years and sing some of the great Christmas music we have performed,” Cole said. “It was really hard choosing which ones to do — I wanted to sing them all over again!”

The Thanksgiving Hymns concert will include several new pieces of strong literary value. “The Last Words of David” by Randall Thompson is a strong piece that has been sung by many choirs over the years. Also included is a great arrangement of “Bound for the Promised Land,” arranged by Mack Wilberg, and the old familiar hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” by Gilbert Martin and accompanied by the pipe organ.

Plans are in place to again have the Riverside Community Church Choir join the chorale for the Hymns of Thanksgiving program.

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