Choirs from Lee Elementary School, West Middle School and Rock Bridge High School joined the Stephens College Velvetones on Sunday, Dec. 15, to present a holiday concert for the community.
The first-ever Stephens College Friends & Family Community Holiday Concert attracted roughly 300. The event was such a success, Stephens President Dianne Lynch said she hopes to continue it in future years.
“We wanted a way for Stephens to give back to the community this holiday season,” said Breanne Pickering ’13, who helped organize the concert. “We think the concert was a great way to do that. The music was wonderful.”
With Stephens music instructor Tom Andes accompanying, the third-grade choir from Lee Elementary, under the direction of Elizabeth Tummons, performed Jubilate Deo by Michale Praetorius and Noel Nouvelet, a traditional French carol.
The all-female West Middle School concert choir performed Shalom, Pacem, Peace by Ruth Elaine Schram and Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights under the direction of Hilary Myers.
The Rock Bridge Women’s Choir performed a traditional Austrian carol, Still, Still, Still and a traditional German carol, Kling Glocken, Kling. The Rock Bridge choir is under the direction of Mike Pierson, with Janet Mathews accompanying.
The Velvetones, under the direction of Pam Ellsworth-Smith, performed several traditional carols, including Winter Wonderland, O Christmas Tree and Deck the Halls.
Stephens Theatre Professor Rob Doyen also performed a solo.
“We hope the community enjoyed this event as much as we did,” Pickering said. “It was really a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays.”
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