Christmas Cantata calling for performers
Religion news The group will perform eight to 10 times in December at churches across the area
The 2013 Community Christmas Cantata is recruiting performers for its 26th season, for which the group will perform a 60-minute program of praise, worship and celebration music for Advent and Christmas weaved together with the story of Christmas, Joyful Sounds of the Season, throughout the area Dec. 1-22.
The first rehearsal will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7, at St. John Catholic Church in Yamhill. Subsequent rehearsals are scheduled for Monday evenings in October and November, as well as Saturday evenings in November. Auditions will be held only for solo parts, children in the youth choir and narrators.
The ability to sing and read relatively advanced choral music is encouraged and will be helpful. Mature high school students will be eligible to participate in the adult group, with younger participants directed to the youth chorus.
The five-part non-denominational choir typically includes 30 to 50 singers, plus parts for piano, narrators, bells, percussion, guitar, synthesizer, bass, brass, woodwind and stringed instruments, an interpretive dancer and American Sign Language interpreter(s).
Song books and rehearsal CDs are expected to be available at the first rehearsal. Additional materials will be ordered later for those who cannot attend the first practice.
Participants are expected to pay for their own materials ($35 for song book and rehearsal CD), with payment requested at time of order and due no later than the first rehearsal. Seasons typically include eight to 10 performances and over the past nine years the cantata has raised more than $85,000 to support the Yamhill County Action Partnership (YCAP) and other local food banks.
Additional information can be found online at www.cantatachoir.org.