The Story

“Music is painted on a backdrop of silence.”


2015 marks 46 years that the Ferndale Community Choir has made a joyful noise in the "Victorian Village" of Ferndale . . . and Fortuna, and Eureka.   Under the direction of Betty Diehl, the 60 to 70 voice choir presents sacred music in a “Celebration of Song” during the Spring and Christmas seasons.

The choir got its start when a group of singers from Ferndale’s Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church got together for a combined Christmas concert under Betty’s direction.  They had so much fun singing that they sang again for Easter, and thus the choir began.  

After nearly 230 concerts, the small group has grown so that more than 400 people have sung with the Ferndale Community Choir over the years.  People of all ages, and from diverse backgrounds and faiths make up the choir, but whether professional musicians or novices, the joy of making beautiful music together has kept the choir together and flourishing.

The choir sings an eclectic selection of sacred music, from choral classics to contemporary compositions and spirituals. 

Our Spring Celebration in Song concerts are coming up quickly! Click for this season's schedule.


People in the Choir . . .

Betty Diehl is known in the community in her own right as a singer.  Her musical training was complemented in the early years of the choir by conducting lessons from her mentor Bill Crane, a long-time music teacher in Ferndale.  She also directs the Chameleon Singers, and sings with West Broadway Co.

Dana Christen began her piano studies at the age of five, is a graduate of HSU with a degree in Music, subsequently earning her Master's from the University of Oregon.  She has taught music at local schools and was voted the Outstanding Music Educator for the North Coast California Music Educators.  She plays with the Humboldt Ragtime Band and retired music educators in the area.

Beverly Carlson is an accomplished musician, whether at Stanford University in earlier years, teaching chorus at Ferndale Union High, or singing at the drop of any old hat.

There are many, many people who make the choir what it is . . .

Click for photos of people in the choir


The Ferndale Community Choir is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  A recording of its 2004 Christmas Celebration in Song is available at various stores in Ferndale.

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