Local elementary school students to perform at USAO

The USAO Concert Choir rehearses for an upcoming concert featuring the Lincoln Elementary 5th and 6th grade choirs, the USAO Chamber Choir and several guest performers. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.

Local elementary school students to perform at USAO



Students from the Lincoln Elementary 5th and 6th grade choirs will join the USAO Concert and Chamber choirs for an evening of holiday music scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.


The event is free and open to the public.


Lincoln’s choirs, under the direction of Crystal Wyatt, will present three songs – “Winter Lights,” “Away in a Manger” and “The Chipmunk Song.”


The Lincoln choirs performed recently at the Rock Island Arts Festival.


Several members have been selected to participate in the Circle the State with Song choral festival in February.


The USAO Chamber Choir will perform several traditional carols a cappella, including “What Child Is This?” “Deck the Hall” and “Silent Night.”

Other songs featured will include “Landlord, Fill The Flowing Bowl,” “Christmas Day In The Morning” and “Star of My Heart.”

“Christmas Time Is Here,” the well-known hit from A Charlie Brown Christmas, will feature pianist, Rhenada Finch and student Brett Embry, a freshman music major from Chickasha, on acoustic bass.


Seniors Jessie Merritt, a guitarist from Minco, and Amanda Whitchard, a soprano from Muskogee, will perform “Auld Lang Syne”.

The USAO Concert Choir, under the direction of Professor of Music Dr. Jan Hanson, will present a diverse collection of songs.

The choir will join with the Drover Drumatic Percussion Group on “Personent Hodie,” a Christmas carol in Latin dating back to the 16th century.


The percussion group is directed by Dr. Dan Hanson, professor of music.


“Mary Sat-A Rockin’” and the “Sussex Carol” will feature Annica Canady on oboe.

Senior Adam Bryant, a music and theatre arts major from Tuttle, will conduct the choir on his original composition, “O Child” as well as “Gloria tibi domine,” set for chorus and one piano, four-hand accompaniment.


Kate Sekula, instructor in Music, serves as the accompanist for the Concert Choir.

The Lincoln Fifth and Sixth grade choirs will join the other choirs to present “In dulci jubilo”, for voices, piano, flute and drum.

The holiday concert will conclude with “Hope for Resolution”, a celebration of diversity, combining a European chant melody and an anti-apartheid song from South Africa.


More information about the concert can be obtained by calling 574-1298.