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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 17:29

From Santa Claus to holiday hymns, the sounds of Christmas were in the air at the annual winter choir concert in the HHS auditorium Monday, Dec. 12.

Junior high and high school choirs performed under the direction of Marcia Dalton, in addition to the HHS Select Choir, directed by Dalton and Maury Kramer. Piano accompanist was Shauna Close.


Dani Brandt and Tara Krueger are up for a duet in
the junior high’s “Santa Unplugged Melody.”  
—Enterprise photo

“What Child is This?” kicked off the junior high portion of the program with soloists Peyton Dittmer, Kaitlyn Shafer, Brook Prottsman, Juana Penzing, Jaxie Gerk and Whitney Powell.

Soloists Mackenzie Thompson, Dani Brandt, Tara Krueger, Megan Parker, America Gonzalez Burciaga, Jack Smith, Cody Lamm, Lori McWilliams and Logan Osborne were featured in “Santa Unplugged Medley.”

A special group of junior high girls performed “Feliz Navidad.” Group members were America Gonzalez Burciaga, Wendy Bencomo Erivez, Rosmery Turcios, Gissel Chavez, Juana Penzing, Gabriela Masis, Karla Hermosillo, Jasmine Cazares and Daniela Baeza.


High school choir members belt out one of the 12 familiar holiday tunes in “The Twelve Songs of Christmas.” Vocalists are pictured from left, front row, Camille Elliott, Shellie Hysell, Lynnette Stark and Ashley Humphreys; second row, Mariah Struckmeyer, Alexandria McCallum, José Jaquez and Payin Becerra; and back row, Chandler Gerk, Brooke Parker, Jacob Vasa, Logan Tharp and Zach Roll.  —Enterprise photo

The HHS choir sang “Still the Holiest Night” with soloists Mariah Struckmeyer, Payin Becerra and Trevor Dalton, followed by “Jazz Gloria.”

Amy Krogmeier was featured on flute in “Christmas Lullaby (I Will Lead You Home),” and soloists Brooke Parker, Jordan Zeiler and Natasha Peregoy were highlighted in “The Twelve Songs of Christmas.”


Santa never looked better as HHS Select Choir members sported Santa hats for their upbeat “Rockin’ Christmas Celebration” at Monday night’s concert. Pictured from left are Kaety Overton, Brooke Parker, Elissa Baker and Shaylee Krueger.  —Enterprise photo

Complete with choreography, Select Choir sang “Slow Dancing in the Snow,” “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “Rockin’ Christmas Celebration.”

Audience members were also treated with a few solos Monday night, including “Where Are You Christmas?” by Kaety Overton, “When Christmas Comes to Town” by Jordan Zeiler, “The Christmas Song” by Camille Elliott and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Brooke Parker.


Hospice of the Plains’ Tree of Lights was on display
Monday at the Christmas choir concert. Angel
ornaments were purchased in memory of loved ones. 
                                                      —Enterprise photo

Hospice of the Plains’ Tree of Lights on display

Hospice of the Plains had their Tree of Lights on display at Holyoke High School for the Monday night choir concert. Angel ornaments, in memory of loved ones, were purchased for donations for Hospice.

Representatives David and Julie Dirks presented the tree and those being honored this year, including Craig Sandstrom, Kenneth Schlachter, Gogi Noel, Robert Land, Thelma Roggenbuck, Phyllis Dirks and Keith Rodeman.

The Tree of Lights ceremony provides a time to reflect and remember those who have touched lives and are no longer living. It’s also a time to celebrate the hope Hospice brings to the terminally ill and their families.


Holyoke Enterprise December 15, 2011