Songs born in cultures near the Arctic Circle are the focus of the Hillsboro Community Youth Choir’s winter concert “Northern Lights: Songs from the Lands of the Aurora” on Sunday, Dec. 15. Dance songs, Christmas songs and more — in languages including Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Polish and French — are on the program.

With selections from Frode Fjellheim’s “Norwegian Sami Songs,” the choir highlights the very old vocal tradition of the indigenous people of Norway, the Sami.

The performance begins at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at Hillsboro High School, 3285 S.E. Rood Bridge Road. Tickets, $8 for adults and $2 for children, are available at the door and online in advance.

The nonprofit music education group serves young vocal musicians with three choirs: “Prelude” for grades 1 to 4; “Premiere” for grades 5 to 8; and “Encore” for grades 9 to 12. New members are welcome. Auditions are required to join the two older choirs. The choir will audition for the spring concert season in January.

Cindy Uecker serves as the organization’s artistic director and director of the two older choirs. Lindsey Pounders directs the youngest group. The choir was founded in 2003 with the goal of promoting excellence in choral music and enriching the lives of young people by instilling a lifelong love of music.

On Dec. 20, the choirs will sing in Handel’s “Messiah” with the Portland Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church at 447 S.E. Third Avenue in Hillsboro.

For more information, see or call 503-441-1357.

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