47 Years of Celebration in Song in Ferndale CA
The Victorian Village of Ferndale is found on the coast of Northern California in Humboldt County – five hours north of San Francisco when the roads are good. If you go much further past the town of 1,400, you’ll end up in Oregon.
Just over 47 years ago, the wife of one of the two Lutheran pastors in town got a group of singers from both churches together to sing for a joint service at Christmas. They had so much fun, and so many others from the community wanted to join in, they sang again at Easter, and the Ferndale Community Choir was born.
Betty Diehl has been the Choir’s director for all these years, selecting a diverse program of sacred music for performances in the Spring and again at Christmas. The Choir sings ancient melodies, rousing spirituals, and modern works, making choral music accessible to concert-goers with unpretentious passion, great diction, and the joy of making music together.
Over the years, more than 500 people have put on green robes and yellow stoles to sing with the Choir. Every season 50 to 60 people of all different faiths – and of no faith – from 15 to 91 years old, from dairymen to doctors, and from seven different towns gather in Ferndale for rehearsals. We present three concerts of sacred music each Christmas and Spring at various venues in and out of Ferndale. Our music is described as “eclectic, electric choral music for the soul.”
Choir members have often laughed about going on the road, and now, thanks to the amazing organization Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), we have been invited to perform Handel’s Messiah in New York City with 400 other singers from around the world at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, November 26, 2017.
DCINY found the Choir through this very website, with the videos you find here as our audition. We are so honored and excited to represent Ferndale and Northern California!
Concert costs – rental of Carnegie Hall, professional orchestra players, publicity, direction, air fare and hotel – are paid by the singers who attend, and the cost is not insignificant.
Won’t you help us make the trip?
If you are local, check out the events scheduled by Lucy and Ethel Productions to raise funds for the Choir. You can find information about auctions and a matching grant in the Ferndale Enterprise, as well as a not-to-be-missed event All the Jazz event on August 12th. (Many, many thanks to Caroline Titus, Editor of The Ferndale Enterprise, and Karen Pignatore, owner of Ferndale Clothing Company.)
You can also respond to letters from the Choir requesting your support, and attend our Variety Show on October 21st where you’ll find talent, fun, and great items for purchase.
Or . . . make a donation through Crowdrise (see upper right), or send your contribution to: Ferndale Community Choir, P O Box 67, Ferndale CA 95536.
The choir is a non-profit 501(c)(3) and you will receive a receipt for tax purposes. You can check DCINY out here.