|Vocalists spread Christmas cheer in winter choir concert|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Performing a variety of holiday songs, director Marcia Dalton and the junior high, high school and select choirs spread some Christmas cheer at their winter concert Thursday, Dec. 10.
Special guest musicians were the Zion Ringers from Zion Lutheran Church. Under the direction of Diane Rahe, the bell choir amazed audience members with their unique and exceptional sound in performances of “Carol of the Bells” and “Joyfull All Ye Nations Rise.”
Holyoke junior high choir kicked off their portion of the program with “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas” with soloists Makayla Spitz and Brittney Prottsman.
Other junior high vocal numbers included “Do You Hear What I Hear?” with soloists Malena McWilliams, Jentry Andersen, Kelsey Kramer and Persha Mason; “Frosty the Snowman;” “The Christmas Song” with soloists Hannah Gillmore, Megan Vieselmeyer and Kaetlynne Overton; “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with soloists Luke Stewart and Ramon Favela; and “Feliz Navidad.”
High school choir took the stage singing “No Well, No Well (Bring Some Water, Jeannette, Isabella).” They also entertained with “Silent Night,” including Natasha Peregoy, Camille Elliott, Becca Weaver, Jasmine Conde and Patricia Adams performing sign language, and “Christmas In About 3 Minutes.”
Complete with Santa hats, a combined junior and senior high girls group sang “Santa Baby” with soloist Ella Stewart.
“December Child” was performed by HHS select choir with Becca Brandt on the bells. Vocalists had the audience tapping their toes in select choir’s high-energy “A Rock and Roll Christmas” with soloists Brittany Durbin, Nicole Brandt, Jordan Zeiler, Erin Vieselmeyer, Elissa Baker and Seth Baker.
The program also featured solos by Jordan Zeiler singing “Grown-up Christmas List,” Kaylee Groshans “Joseph’s Lullaby,” Severine Barras “Petit Garcon,” Ella Stewart “God Is With Us” and Nora Roth “All I Want For Christmas Is You” with percussionist Benjamin Martinez.
In a dark auditorium, one candle was lit at a time in “One Candle” performed by a combined junior and senior high choir. Soloists in this conclusion to the concert were Camille Elliott, Natasha Peregoy, Shellie Hysell, Brooke Parker, Jordan Zeiler and Alexis Lenhart.
Helping out at the concert was Maury Kramer and accompanists Pat Wiebers and Shawna Bergstrom.