47th Annual Christmas Celebration in Song
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.
“Carnegie Hall? In New York?” The Choir has been invited by Distinguished Concerts International New York to sing Handel’s Messiah with symphony orchestra and a group of 450 other singers from choirs around the world at Carnegie Hall at the end of November 2017. It is a distinct honor, and members who will be going expect to be rehearsing year-round for our regular concerts as well as the concert in New York. More information about the highly-regarded concert can be found at www.DCINY.org. Information about upcoming fundraising will be found at the Choir’s website and Facebook page.
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!