Holiday Pops concert puts choirs in a festive mood

The Holiday Pops concert is a yearly event the choirs have celebrating multiple holidays and classic holiday songs. This year, the concert was on Dec. 17 and featured choirs such as Vocal Point, Varsity Singers, Choraliers, Orange Man Group, Revolution and Above the Noise.

The choirs have been practicing songs for the holidays since early October. Each student has 45 minutes of class time each day along with a required two hours outside of school each week.

“Each choir practiced in our classes, and we all individually practiced at home, solidifying the songs so that they sounded the best they could. I feel as though each choir did a great job. We all put in a lot of hard work, and I feel as though our concert went very well,” Above the Noise president and Choraliers member Lindsay Uhrich said.

Some of the songs performed featured both orchestra and band conducted by Lori Cornett. The three music groups perform together sometimes, though more songs than usual were performed together this year.

“Some of the songs from the concert are Last Christmas and Here Comes Santa Claus both sung by Above the Noise, Frosty the Snowman sung by all choir men, and Festival of Carols sung by all choirs with orchestra and band accompaniment,” senior and Choraliers member Paige Heldman said.

The song Abreme la Puerta is unique and unusual for the choirs because it is a Puerto Rican song. The song is sung entirely in Spanish and is about arriving at somebody’s house for Christmas.

“I loved the Spanish song that was included in the concert. Also, the barbershop quartet songs were new and exciting, and I really liked hearing those. Overall, it was really nice to get to see the acts that I’ve never gotten to see because in the past because I was backstage,” 2018 graduate and former Choraliers member Lindsay Borger said.

Another reason this Holiday Pops concert was different from previous ones was because of the blanket drive the choir held. Both the audience and choir members were given the opportunity to donate old or new blankets.

“This year at the concert we had a blanket drive for Turning Point which is a shelter supporting victims of domestic violence. I think that was a great idea for giving back to the community,” Heldman said.

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