Local choirs combine to ring in holiday season

Dr. Jan Hanson, professor of music, directs the USAO Concert Choir. The Concert Choir will combine with choirs from Grand, Lincoln and Chickasha Middle Schools to present a holiday choral concert to the public on Sunday in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at 3 p.m.

Local choirs combine to ring in holiday season


Combined choirs from Grand and Lincoln Elementary Schools, Chickasha Middle School and the University of Science and Arts will present a holiday choral concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. The choirs will perform a variety of holiday songs including traditional carols, songs from films and musicals as well as multicultural songs.

Under the direction of Becky Gordon, the Steppin’ In honor choir from Grand Elementary will present “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas”, “Christmas Time is Here, and “Rock Around the Jingle Bells”.

Steppin’ In is an auditioned choral ensemble which has sung for several community functions and recently performed at the Festival of Light opening night festivities on Nov. 23.

The Lincoln Elementary and Chickasha Middle School Honor Choirs are both directed by Crystal Wyatt. The choir from Lincoln will present “A Holiday Hand Jive” and then combine with the CMS Honor Choir for “Holiday Lights.”

The combined choirs are expected also to perform, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” featuring much-loved songs from the Peanuts holiday television specials.

The USAO Concert Choir is a mixed ensemble of men’s and women’s voices. The singers include music majors, as well as students majoring in other academic disciplines.

Under the direction of Dr. Jan Hanson, the Concert Choir will perform holiday music in various styles including Vivaldi’s “Gloria Alleluia,” and “Personent Hodie”, a processional from the 14th century.

Additionally, the USAO Concert Choir will perform “Star of Bethlehem” from the film Home Alone and “Home On Christmas Day,” originally recorded by Oklahoma’s own Kristin Chenoweth.

All of the choirs will combine for two selections, “When God Is A Child” and “A Holiday Sing-Along.” Instrumentalists will accompany the Concert Choir on flute, percussion, guitar and trumpet.

The holiday choral concert will be held in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium and is free to the public. For more information, call 574-1298.