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Local Eyes present:
Coastal Singers &
Anchor Bay Children's Choir

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
Gualala Arts Center
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The Coastal Singers and the Anchor Bay Children's Choir will appear together for the first time in a shared concert on May 22, 2010 at the Gualala Arts Center. The Saturday concert will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Coleman Theatre. Tickets $15 advance, $5 more day of performance. Youth 7 to 17 free.

Coastal Singers The Coastal Singers had their first concert as the Gualala Arts Chorus in the winter of 2007, conducted by Renata Yardumian.

The Coastal Singers continue a 30-year tradition of community choruses on the Mendocino Coast, including the Highway 1 Jazz Choir and the South Coast Community Chorus. For their Winter Concert in December, 2009, they performed music based on regional melodies and texts chosen from around the globe. Previous programs focused on the roots of American music, and on selections from Broadway.

Carolyn Steinbuck is directing the group in 2010. The Coastal Singers invite women and men of all vocal ranges to join.

Check back for updates on their May program.

About Carolyn Steinbuck

Carolyn Steinbuck has been active in the musical life of the Mendocino community as a pianist, conductor and teacher for 35 years. Her piano teachers include her mother, Marion James (through high school); Robert Dix Lincoln at Douglass College in New Jersey (B.A. '67); Gunnar Johansen and Tait Sanford Barrows at the University of Wisconsin in Madison (M.M. '69); Barbara Shearer of Berkeley; and Karl Ulrich Schnabel, with whom she studied for over 20 years. She was a part-time music instructor at College of the Redwoods from 1976 through 2007 and at Santa Rosa Junior College from 1982 through 2007. From 1986 to 1996, she was Executive Director of the Mendocino Music Festival.

Over the past 22 years, she has performed with the Mendocino Music Festival as a chamber player, chorus master, piano soloist and conductor. For 24 years, she directed the College of the Redwoods Community Chorus and the South Coast Community Chorus / Highway 1 Jazz Choir, and was a regular guest conductor of Symphony of the Redwoods, retiring in 2007. She recently returned to conducting as director of the Coastal Singers in Point Arena. She continues to perform regularly and to teach piano at her home in Elk.

Anchor Bay Children's Choir The Anchor Bay Children's Choir provides children on the coast an opportunity to learn to read music, develop their vocal and musicianship skills, and to sing and perform with the best talent in the community. Marcia Lotter, violinist from the Santa Rosa Symphony, and Eric Kritz, clarinetist from the Santa Rosa Symphony, will accompany the Choir.

About Sue Bohlin

Sue Bohlin Director Sue Bohlin is a professional musician who began the choir in 2004 as an extension of her work with the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir, where she has worked with children's voices for over 25 years. The award-winning Piedmont Choirs was founded by Sue's husband, Bob Geary. Sue also teaches, composes and freelances locally and throughout the greater Bay Area.

About Anchor Bay Children's Choir

In February 2010, ABCC will bring in more students from Point Arena and Manchester with rehearsals offered for the youngest of the singers (Bay Choir, ages 5-8) on Mondays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. in Point Arena.

There is also a Bay Choir rehearsal on Fridays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for younger singers who find it more convenient to meet in Anchor Bay.

Anchor Choir (for older and more experienced students) continues to meet on Fridays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in Anchor Bay. Some of the young stars of the local theater productions and Mendonoma Idol winners have had training in this choir.

The detailed schedule and other information about the Anchor Bay Children's Choir program may be found on their website: The phone number is 707-884-5477. A limited number of scholarships are available. ABCC is a member of the Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

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