“Carnegie Hall? In New York?”
We’re so excited to say that the Ferndale Community Choir has been invited by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) to sing Handel’s Messiah with 400 singers of choirs from around the world at Carnegie Hall at the end of November 2017. This is an annual event that in 2014 was rated the #1 Live Christmas Performance in North America by the BBC Music Magazine. The choir performs the Beecham / Goossens’ 1959 grand re-orchestration of the Messiah for full symphony orchestra, and features professional soloists.
DCINY approached the Choir after viewing its videos, and the invitation is a distinct honor. The event is underwritten by its performers, paying for the rent of Carnegie Hall, the symphony orchestra, soloists, and production. This allows DCINY to focus on producing events accessible to choral groups from around the globe.
About 40 members of the choir from Trinidad to Willow Creek, Rio Dell – and of course, Ferndale – are committed to rehearsing year-round for our regular concerts as well as the concert in New York, and, importantly, raising the cost of underwriting, travel, and lodging. We expect to have several fundraising events over the coming year, and are absolutely amazed to say that an anonymous donor will match all donations up to $25,000. The choir is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so donations are fully tax deductible.
Donations can be made payable to Ferndale Community Choir, and sent to P O Box 67, Ferndale CA 95536. Be sure to include a return address, and a receipt for donation will be mailed to you for tax purposes.
ABOUT THE CHOIR
2016 marks 47 years that the Ferndale Community Choir has made a joyful noise in the Victorian Village of Ferndale. Under the direction of Betty Diehl, the choir presents sacred music in a “Celebration of Song.”
With over 235 concerts, a small group has grown until more than 500 people have sung with the choir over the years. People of all ages, diverse backgrounds and faiths make up the choir, as the joy of making beautiful music together keeps the choir together and flourishing.
The choir sings eclectic and electric sacred music for the soul, from choral classics to contemporary compositions and spirituals. Concerts are offered at various venues in the Spring, beginning on Easter Day, and again during the Christmas season.
Director Betty Diehl is known in the community as a singer as well as a director. She attended Pease Conservatory, and studied with locally renowned Bill Crane and globally famous Dale Warlund. She has sung with California Redwoods Chorale, Six Rivers Choral Artists, and the Bach Chorale in St. Louis. She also directs the Chameleon Singers.
Our fabulous pianist, Dana Christen, is a graduate of HSU with a degree in music, subsequently earning her Master’s from the University of Oregon. She has taught music at local schools and was voted the Outstanding Music Educator for the North Coast California Music Educators.
Conductor Beverly Carlson is an accomplished musician, whether at Stanford University in earlier years, teaching chorus at Ferndale Union High, or singing at the drop of any old hat.
The Ferndale Community Choir is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. A recording of its 2004 Christmas Celebration in Song is available at various stores in Ferndale. Check out the links here for recent concerts, and you can find other concerts on You Tube under susandmc3.
And (of course) check us out on Facebook!