Kearsley choir concert brings cheer this holiday season


IMAGE / Holly Hoskey

The choir classes, including concert choir, a capella, and the middle school choir, practice for their Christmas choir concert.

As the Christmas season rolls around, the Kearsley choir put on their annual holiday concert celebrating this joyous season.

The concert took place on December 14, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kearsley High School auditorium.

Three choirs participated in the concert: Armstrong Middle School choir, A Cappella, and concert choir.

The AMS choir performed first playing three songs: ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ by Teena Chinn, ‘A-Caroling’ by Terry Kirkland, and ‘Santa Claus, Santa Claus’ by Steve Kuperschmid.

Interestingly, ‘Santa Claus, Santa Claus’ is set to the tune of ‘Jingle Bells’ which makes the song all the more comical. Its use of the ‘Jingle Bells’ melody, which is a more cheerful song, combined with lyrics that mock the size of Santa Claus  makes the number hysterical and fun to watch.

After the AMS choir played A Cappella, which is the highest level of choir offered this year and is made up of only 11 students.

A Cappella played a number of songs as well including: ‘Carol of the Bells’ by Peter J. Wilhousky, ‘The Sleigh’ by Wallingford Riegger, ‘Riu Riu Chiu’ by Noah Greenberg, and lastly ‘Sleigh Ride’ by Hawley Ades.

In the last two performances from A Cappella, they were accompanied by senior Lauren Rice performing on a multitude of percussion instruments, adding greatly to the Christmas feel of the songs.

Also, in the performance of ‘Riu Riu Chiu,’ Zoe Dustin, Tayyib Amenn, Elias Knack, Karlee Clarambeau, and Madalyn Reif gave solo performances, which they all performed with ease.

The last choir to perform was the concert choir, which also performed three songs: ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’ by Harry Simeone, ‘Christmas Time is Here’ by Ed Lojeski, and ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ by Hawley Ades.

At the end of the concert, all of the choir classes converged onto the stage and sang ‘Peace Peace’ by Fred Bock, which also incorporated melodies from ‘Silent Night.’

Senior AJ Laube was impressed by the choir’s performances.

“I thought that the performances were very good and were well prepared. My favorite song was definitely the ‘Carol of the Bells’ that A Cappella did.” said Laube.