The annual Mid Columbia Community Choir Christmas Cantata rehearsals are set for Thursday evenings, beginning on Sept. 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on NE Tohomish Street in White Salmon.

This year the choir will be conducted by Doug Anderson from Trout Lake and accompanied by his wife, Janet. Doug was the vocal music teacher at McMinnville High School from 1963 to 1994 and director of the McMinnville Meth-odist Church choir for a few years beyond that. Janet is also a music educator and private piano teacher.

The choir will be preparing the cantata “Christmas Dreams” by Joseph M. Martin and Heather Sorenson along with several other choral pieces by John Rutter, Gilbert M. Martin, and others.

Public performances will be given on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Hood River and Sunday, Dec. 8, in White Salmon.

The conductors are seeking a choir of 70 voices and always welcome new singers to join the choir. New singers are asked to contact Doug to register, or for additional information, at or 509-395-9307.

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