North Coast Chorale

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Spring Concert – Celebrating Diversity With Music

The North Coast Chorale presents its 2022 Spring Concert Celebrating Diversity With Music. When we sing, we connect in a way that is unique, as we learn music in different languages, with different concepts of melodies, different rhythms and harmonies. Through the singing we become aware of one constant, we can all understand and experience the same messages in the meanings of the words.

North Coast Chorale invites you to celebrate diversity through the universal language of music and the acknowledgement of shared feelings of happiness, sadness, love, amazement and awe.

What connects us across differences are our feelings and emotions, through the music that expresses our diversity.

Repertoire for the concert will include, “Dry Your Tears, Afrika” from Amistad, “The 23rd Psalm” by Bobby McFerrin, “Nella Fantasia” by Ennio Morricone, A selection from “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre and Hila Pitman, a piece by the late North Coast kantele artist Wilho Saari, and many more.

This will be the last concert directed by longtime North Coast Chorale Music Director Denise Reed.

PERFORMANCES: Friday, May 20 at 7pm, Sunday, May 22 at 4pm. Tickets $17 General, Children under 12 FREE, accompanied by an adult. Tickets online at the Partners for the PAC website. Masks and social distancing required until further notice.

At the Charlene Larsen Performing Arts Center, 16th and Franklin in Astoria.

NCC Spring Concert

About Us

The North Coast Chorale (NCC) is a welcoming, community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to presenting great choral literature and promoting music education.

Established 30 years ago, the Chorale sings a variety of musical genres including jazz, gospel, sacred and traditional music.

Each year NCC presents two primary concerts at the Performing Arts Center – a winter concert in December and in May, the Spring concert. Additionally, in November, the Chorale sponsors the annual Messiah Sing-Along / Play-Along, to raise funds for the Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank. To top off their season, North Coast Chorale makes guest performances with the Cascadia Chamber Opera, and sings at other local venues throughout the year.

Interested in joining? The Chorale is always looking for new singers in all four parts and all levels of talent! No audition necessary!

Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm (during the pandemic) at the Charlene Larsen Center for the Performing Arts on the corner of 16th and Franklin Streets in Astoria. The Fall season begins on the second Tuesday in September through the end of December. The Spring season begins on the second Tuesday in January and runs through the end of May.

The study of music has been demonstrated to improve cognitive ability, enhance mathematical performance and improve your outlook on life. The North Coast Chorale welcomes new members of all levels. While the ability to read music is a plus, recorded performance aids are available so that anyone with a love of singing can add their voice to bring great performances to the North Coast of Oregon and SW Washington.

Meet Our Director
Dr. Denise Reed earned a MS in Music Education from Chicago’s DePaul University and an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, ultimately teaching chorus and music theory in Tennessee, Florida, Nevada and now here on the North Coast. She also composes and arranges music.

Under her direction as Music Director since 2006, North Coast Chorale concerts often encompass a multi-cultural focus.

“Singing opens our hearts and minds and I am convinced that through the message of music, we can make a difference in the way people look at their lives and the universe.”


North Coast Chorale strives to provide a minimum of two quality performances to the residents of Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington each year. Funding for the Chorale comes from three sources: membership dues, ticket sales for the performances and donations from the community – people like you.

North Coast Chorale is grateful for all contributions, and as a designated 501(c)3, non-profit organization, your gift is a tax-deductible donation. The Chorale is also a member of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Here are a few ways you can get involved:

Sponsor a Singer for a Season – $100
Sponsor a Singer for The Year – $350
Sponsor an instrumentalist – $150 – $300

Become an Advertising Sponsor and have your company logo on NCC ads, posters and performance programs.

For more information on how to donate, please contact ChrisLynn Taylor or write to us at: North Coast Chorale, PO Box 632, Astoria, OR 97103.


ChrisLynn Taylor, President
Cheryl Capellen, Vice President
Carole Birney, Secretary
Ann Parino, Librarian
Patricia Barnes, Treasurer
Ellen Katchel-Bewley
Lois Willis
Dr. Denise Reed