Submitted by the Idaho State Children’s Chorus

POCATELLO — The Idaho State Children’s Chorus will be celebrating Christmas by giving their time and talents to the community this Christmas. As we enter the Christmas holiday season, the chorus will be singing for residents of Quail Ridge Assisted Living at 1 p.m. and then at the Stephens Performing Arts Center in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall at 3 p.m., on Dec. 1 in conjunction with the Festival of Trees. The concert is being dubbed “A Christmas Concert for Kids.”

The choir has been practicing weekly for the holidays since the first of September. The 42-member  “audition-only” choir is co-conducted by Becky Moore and Sarah Davids. Julie Taylor is piano accompanist. The choir is sponsored by the Idaho State University Music Dept.

The children recently performed two of their holiday songs for the Portneuf Valley Interfaith Fellowship Thanksgiving service. The service kicked off the holiday season with Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad and Chubbuck Mayor Steven England with a proclamation that Thanksgiving Day be set aside to gather with friends and family, and to give thanks for the many blessings that so many of us have experienced this year. The sound of children’s voices that evening, exemplified that message for the Thanksgiving holiday! 

For the Dec. 1 concert the choir will be singing their regular repertoire in addition to a Christmas favorite sing-along! The children in the audience will be invited to come on stage and sing with the choir, some favorite children’s Christmas Songs, including “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.” Also, those children who come on stage will receive a candy cane. 

The final concert of the season will be their Grand Holiday Concert”  in  Goranson Hall of the Fine Arts Building at Idaho State University at 3 p.m. The concert repertoire includes pieces that are fairly traditional, along with other more unique and creative songs which exemplify and celebrate the winter season and encompass the holidays that we all have come to love!

Pieces being performed are, “The Lights of December”  by Audrey Snyder, “The Little Drummer Boy” by Katherine Davis and arranged by Robert Sterling, “Carol of the Dance” by Noel Goemanne with instrumental accompaniment by Julie Taylor, piano, Colleen Black, timpani and Ruth Harten, flute. An Italian Carol “Dormi, Dormi” arranged by Mary Goetze will follow as well as the “Three Noels” by Clare Grundman which include three delightful songs, “Christmas Hymn,” “Christmas Eve Is Here” and “ Now We Sing of Christmas.” 

As a novelty piece, the children will sing “Solfege Santa” to the tune of “Jingle Bells.” The song’s lyrics tell of the joys of learning Solfege, a method of learning to sight sing. The children will also demonstrate the system with the hand signs that the choir actually uses on a weekly basis in rehearsals. The final song is “African Angel Carol” which incorporates a traditional Ghanan folk tune and “Angels We Have Heard on High” arranged by Sheldon Curry. Also accompanying on this piece will be Collen Black and her grandson, Gage Ortiz.

In addition to the choral pieces, individual members who auditioned and earned the privilege to perform for the coveted, independent solo and ensemble spots will perform. Those students are Jessica and Aubrey Jones, singing  J.J. Niles arrangement of “I Wonder As I Wander,” Dasani Belnap singing “Broken” by David Archuleta and in honor of those who lost their homes in the Charlotte fire. Also performing are Claire Baker singing “See The Joy,” Isabella Dougherty singing “Little One” and Anna LeFevre playing the piano solo, “The First Noel.” Nicole Harman will sing “Where Are You Christmas” from Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and Abigail Ralphs will sing “I’m Getting’ Nuttin’ For Christmas.”

The “Grand Holiday Concert” is free to the public and all are invited to attend!