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Santiam Community Chorus back with Christmas show

Reporter for The Canyon Weekly

There’s still time to see the Santiam Canyon Community Chorus in their first Christmas performance since returning to a full concert schedule this year.

“Together for the Holidays” is scheduled for Dec. 11, 4 p.m. at Stewart’s Hall, 158 SW Broadway St., Mill City, and is free to attend. 

The evening will include Christmas songs old and new, as well as special performances by local musicians including singers with Santiam Elementary’s fourth grade class.

A dinner/auction fundraiser for Santiam Hearts 2 Arts (H2A) will follow the show, with plates at $8 for adults and $4 for children and options including shepherd’s pie, chicken alfredo, bread, salad, coffee, water and dessert. A silent auction and drawing will also take place, as well as a brief live auction.

Chorus organizer and H2A President JoAnn Hebing said she hopes the show draws a crowd and will “contribute to the wonderful Christmas season” for those who attend.

“We’re hoping to fill Stewart’s Hall,” she said.

The chorus had to cancel their concerts in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though a small group of singers regrouped briefly last year for a COVID-safe Christmas performance for the Mill City Odd Fellows. 

As pandemic restrictions lifted, the group started practicing regularly again in February and returned to a full schedule of shows, including the River City Music & Art Jamboree in Kimmel Park in August.

Hebing said, though membership in the chorus is up since the pandemic, they are still not to pre-2020 numbers and would welcome new voices. She said there are no auditions necessary, as they leave it up to members to determine whether or not the group is for them. Practices are at 7 p.m. Mondays at Stewart’s Hall.

Anyone interested in joing Santim Canyon Community Chorus can reach out to Hebing at 503-859-2502 or [email protected].

Together for the Holidays

4 p.m. Dec. 11

Stewart’s Hall, 

158 SW Broadway St., Mill City

Free (fundraiser dinner following, $8 adults, $4 children)

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