15 Oct Bandon’s South Coast Community Choir is Open to All
The South Coast Community Choir is a non-performing, non-auditioned community choir in Bandon, perfect for those who want to sing with others without the pressure of auditions or performing. It is open to all, regardless of experience, and its mission is simply stated as “WE SING!”
The choir got its start when a group of people moved from Ashland in the early 2000s and brought with them their experience with the Rogue Valley Peace Choir. They wanted to start a similar choir in Bandon and formed the South Coast Peace Choir. The choir sang together for several years, during which time Holly Sylvester, a member of the choir, eventually took over as director. When Holly’s job demands increased, the choir took a break.
In Fall, 2013, the choir came back together when Holly’s job allowed for a bit more extra time, and after some discussion, they changed the name to the South Coast Community Choir to be sure not to exclude anyone interested in joining. Holly is the choir teacher at Bandon’s elementary and middle school and bass player/singer in the quartet Sly and Friends. She now co-directs the choir with two other outstandingly talented individuals: Charlotte Pierce, music professor and jazz choir director at Southwestern Oregon Community College and private piano teacher; and John Harding who retired a few years ago after teaching choir in Bandon School District for 30 years. Together they have a vision for the choir as the welcoming, friendly group it is, and they faithfully uphold its “WE SING!” mission.
The South Coast Community Choir meets at the Harbor Lights Middle School music room Monday evenings from 6:30-8. They follow the school calendar and take time off for the summer. They ask for a monthly contribution from those who are able of $5-$15 to cover the cost of music. As they do not hold auditions nor exclude anyone on the basis of their experience, there’s no reason to be shy in joining. It’s open to anyone as long as they have an interest in singing. For more information, contact Holly Sylvester at 541-290-9293.