Holiday cheer in every note


Mark Jaber

(From left to right) Natalie Park, Julia Pitman, Adithi Nythruva, Aerin Mason, and Sarah Bishop sing the song “Have yourself a merry little Christmas.” They represent holiday cheer with their festive headwear.

Throughout the second quarter, all four choirs practiced and produced a cheerful myriad of performances. They sang songs ranging from classic seasonal melodies to modern Christmas classics to jazzy reimagined tunes. With every performance, they worked to impress their audience with their spirited melodies.

During the winter season, choir performs in numerous themed events that students, parents and others alike enjoy. Their first performance began on Dec. 7, where they performed at, “Smiles for the Season,” an event hosted by StuGo. They performed live music with the orchestra at the dance concert on Dec. 8 and 9. And finally, the cumulation of their practice was displayed at their concert on Dec. 15. 

For the winter season, choir sang popular seasonal classics such as “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” “The winter concert is usually Christmas themed,” explained senior Adithi Nythruva, “there are a lot of Christmas songs, but there are also like general holiday songs.” 

In contrast, they performed The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” at the dance concert. 

Singing live music with the orchestra accompanying them, choir participated in the dance concert by providing live music. Choir often works with a few orchestra or band players to enhance their performances. On this topic, senior Sarah Bishop expressed, “It’s so cool that other musicians learn our music and I think it’s so cool that we get to mesh them together.” 

“Smiles for the Season“ is an event that StuGo hosts. Elementary students come to Perry to enjoy a winter themed party with fun decorations, food, and live performances from choir and dance. Choir performed a few songs such as “Winter Wonderland” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” that they had been practicing for their concert. “I think it’s really cool that a bunch of kids get to come and watch performances not just from choir but also from dance and they just get to have a really good time,” said Bishop.

For choir, the purpose is more than smiles. Choir aims to inspire young singers and expose them to more complex music. As choir director Jameson Staley explained, “Those kids probably aren’t…used to hearing kids sing in multi-part harmonies, so we just try to do something that’s cool and impressive for them.” Harmonies are especially difficult because one must sing a different note then those singing the melody or other parts of the song.

A cumulative representation of all their practice, all four choirs performed a variety of their winter themed songs at their themed concert. With the winter spirit in the air, they sang their hearts out. Staley expressed his satisfaction with the performance by saying, “I think we did a good job having fun and performing for the audience.”