Singing Out Some Notes


Those I’ve spoken with who have joined community chorus groups have said they’ve had a blast. You get to sing, learn about music, meet new friends. What’s not to love?

On that note, Simpson University is inviting community members over 16 to join its community chorus. The Trinity Repertory Singers, under the direction of Dr. Hoffmann Urquiza Pereira, will begin its fourth season on Thursday, Sept. 9.
There are no auditions. Those interested will have a short interview to determine prior vocal experience, basic ability to match pitch, vocal range, and part placement. Weekly rehearsals will be held on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in room HC-1 of the Simpson University Heritage Center (2211 College View Dr.) in Redding. The first rehearsal will be Sept. 9.

For more information on the group, contact Dr. Urquiza Pereira at 226-4952 or


Sometimes you forget, don’t you, that one of the most toxic sites in the world sits just minutes away from Redding. Here’s a recent San Francisco Chronicle article about a visit to the toxic hellhole that is Iron Mountain Mine.

There was no mention of the 200-foot-tall statue of Jesus that owner wants to build on the site.


American Indian artist Frank LaPena’s current exhibit at Shasta College is worth a visit. The works are so rich in color and powerfully deep in theme. To me, some had a bit of a Chagall quality.

Born in San Francisco in 1937 of Asian and American Indian parents, LaPena spent part of his youth in government-run Indian boarding schools after his father was killed. He and his sister were later placed in a foster home in Shasta County where he regained contact with the Wintu community.

Pretty fascinating stuff. LaPena, now a resident of Sacramento, will discuss his art and more during a talk at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Room 400 at Shasta College.

For more information, call 242-7500 or click here .


Jim Dyar is a news, arts and entertainment journalist for A News Cafe and the former arts and entertainment editor for the Record Searchlight’s D.A.T.E. section. Jim is also a songwriter and leader of the Jim Dyar Band. He lives in Redding. E-mail him at .

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4 Responses

  1. Avatar Adrienne jacoby says:

    There is also a community choir in Cottonwood that is open to all ages from 15 – ???. We rehearse Thurs. evenings from 7 – 8 p.m. (for info call 347-3842)

    Community choirs are a wonderful adjunct to any community. A lot of us found great enjoyment in participation in some sort of group singing while in school and sadly that frequently stops with graduation. So . . . find yourself a community choir and enjoy . . . . besides, it's a proven fact that participating in music is good for your health!!!

    • Avatar Erin Friedman says:

      Yes – what she said! Singing has so many marvelous health benefits, I don't know why it isn't prescribed by doctors. I'm looking forward to joining the Cottonwood Community Choir tomorrow — hope lots of others will be there, too.

  2. Avatar Phoebe Fazio says:

    Another community choir in Redding is Redding Community Choir. We meet on Tuesday nights at 7:00 to 9:00 at First Christian Church, 3590 Placer (near Buenaventura). We start on Sept. 14th. No audition, and no interview. Just come ready to sing! Some people come early to have some social time. Come early the first night to register. We provide recordings so you can practice at home or in the car. No need to read music, but that's great if you do.

  3. Avatar Adrienne jacoby says:

    Here's a tho't . . . (my friends claim that's scary, coming from me.) How about all we community choirs get together sometime the end of Spring and have a sing . . . You know, sing for each other, then learn a couple of songs we could sing together.

    Think about it.