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Community choir starts up in Multnomah Village

MULTNOMAH - Multnomah residents have taken it upon themselves to bring a little more music to the village, starting up a community choir through the Multnomah Arts Center.

The choir is the result of the interest and efforts of Multnomah neighborhood residents Liz Brunkow and Joan Starker, choir member Barbara Arzt said. She said the neighborhood used to have a local choir that was eventually discontinued.

Run by the Multnomah Arts Center, the choir will meet for eight sessions from Oct. 5 through Dec. 7 for its first term.

Arzt, who is a member of another Portland-based community choir, said she's in it for the love of the music.

'I just love singing. I love singing in a choir. I love learning the music, learning my part and hearing the diff erent parts,' Arzt said. 'I just love it.'

The choir is open to adults of all ages and experience levels, and there is no audition required to join.

'Don't be afraid, and don't think that you have to know a whole lot or be experienced,' she said. 'Come and check it out rather than feel intimidated.'

So far, 18 of the choir's 36 openings have been filled.

Mark Woodward acts as the choir's director, bringing with him a repertoire of classical music from the last 500 years. Arzt said she expects the group to perform four-part classical music but said that, as it is just beginning, its sound could evolve to suit the group itself.

'It could be anything,' she said.

Arzt said the choir hopes to schedule performances at local community events in the future, such as Multnomah Village's First Fridays or its annual holiday gala.

The choir meets Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center, located at 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

For more information, call 503-823-2787 or visit www.multnomahartscenter.org.