The Del Norte region has a varied and active nonprofit arts community, including a community theater group, community concert association, community orchestra, an arts guild/gallery, quilt guild, artisans guild, mural society, writers’ conference and a local arts agency. Now, adding to this impressive array, it will have a music guild which acts as the umbrella for a handful of local musical entities.
The North Coast Chorale is part of the Pacific Music Guild, a new organization for local music entities. Courtesy DNACA
The Pacific Music Guild is the brainchild of Christie Lynn Rust, who has been directing the community choir for more than four years, with piano accompaniment by Jill Dovre.
“This will be a way to encourage and present live performing music involving local folks,” said Rust. Thus far, she continued, “we have the chorale and Tsunami Swing (community jazz band) signed up, and in September the Crescent City Youth Choir is starting up. And there may be more eventually, possibly a kinder choir for ages 5 to 7 years.”
The guild has a board of eight community members and has completed and sent in its 501(c)(3) paperwork to the Internal Revenue Service. It has already received a nonprofit designation from the state of California.
Forms to sign up for either the chorale or the children’s choir are currently available at Del Norte Office Supply. For more information about Pacific Music Guild itself, contact president Jim Norton at seriouslyjim@