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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Just like Buddy said in the movie Elf, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

Holyoke junior high, high school and select choirs certainly did that at their Christmas choral concert Thursday, Dec. 9.

Under the direction of Marcia Dalton, the choirs’ variety of Christmas tunes got audience members in the mood for the upcoming holiday.

Select Choir members Austin Killin and Jaydin Goldenstein are featured on guitar for their
rendition of “Seven Bridges Road.” Vocalists are pictured behind them from left, Tanner
Smith, Ryan Parker, Trevor Dalton, Jordan Zeiler, Erin Vieselmeyer, Chantel Rafert, Kelsey
Kramer and Mariah Struckmeyer.       —Enterprise photo

Junior high chorus sang “Riu Riu Chiu” with soloists Lynnette Stark, Dani Brandt, Kaetlynn Overton and Lori McWilliams followed by the song “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

“Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” included soloist Jentry Andersen while Taylor Goldenstein and Peyton Dittmer were soloists in “Jingle Bell Rock.”

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” featured soloists Megan Vieselmeyer and Kaetlynn Overton as well as special group members Jentry Andersen, Taylor Goldenstein, Kaylee Ham, Peyton Dittmer and Lynnette Stark.

Kaetlynne Overton takes a solo during one of the
junior high vocal numbers Thursday, Dec. 9.  
—Enterprise photo

Junior higher Eric Rojo surprised the crowd when he appeared as Frosty the Snowman for the musical number by the same name with soloists Lynnette Stark, Luke Stewart, Josilyn Lutze and Lori McWilliams.

The group finished up with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” including soloists Kaylee Ham and Dani Brandt.

“Keep on Following the Star” kicked off the high school choir’s performance. Erin Vieselmeyer and Ella Stewart both had solos.

Other high school numbers were “We Three Kings,” “Various Themes On Fa La La” and “Carol of the Bells.”

“One Candle Lights the Way” featured senior choir members Ella Stewart, Kaylee Groshans, Kracinda Thompson, Patricia Adams, Chantel Rafert, Seth Baker, Chris Yanez, Brian DeBoer and Ty Glittenberg.

An a cappella version of “Carol of the Bells” entertains a Holyoke audience
at last Thursday’s choir concert. High school choir members are pictured from
left, front row, Brooke Parker, Ashley Humphreys, Jordan Zeiler, Seth Baker
and Jesus Hermosillo; and back row, Trevor Dalton, Zach Roll and Ryan Parker.  
—Enterprise photo

HHS Select Choir dedicated “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to Dalton’s father Max, a World War II veteran. Sarah Heermann had a solo, and photos of local veterans were featured in a slide show.

The show choir sang “You’re the One that I Want,” complete with choreography, followed by “Seven Bridges Road” featuring Austin Killin and Jaydin Goldenstein on guitar.

Performing solos at Thursday’s Christmas concert were Jordan Zeiler, “Santa Baby;” Sarah Heermann, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas;” Brooke Parker, “Last Christmas;” Ella Stewart, “O Holy Night;” and Kaylee Groshans, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.”

Shawna Bergstrom aided the choirs as piano accompanist while Maury Kramer assisted with Select Choir.

Senior Sarah Heermann sings “Have
Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
at the holiday choir concert Thursday
night.       —Enterprise photo