Helias Catholic Concert Choir Begins to Celebrate Christmas By Bekah Knoll

Celebrating this year’s Christmas season, the Helias Catholic Concert Choir will be having a Christmas Concert. The Concert will be held on Monday, December 19 at 7 p.m. at the Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City, Missouri. A variety of songs have been selected both from Christmas classics and today’s top hits.

The Helias Catholic Concert Choir will sing a variety of Christmas songs during the concert. A total of seven songs will be sung for the audience. The songs selected are: “Hallelujah!” chorus by George Fredrick Handel, “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, “Carol of the bells” by Peter J. Wilhousky, “Mary, did you know?’ by Pentatonix, “African Noel” by André J. Thomas, and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” by Alice Parker and Robert Basler. These seven songs were selected by the choir director, Mrs. Fox.

The choir concert will last about an hour. Admission is free to both students of Helias Catholic High School as well as to the community.


“Since admission is free to everyone,” said Mrs. Fox, “I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t want to go. The whole choir works so hard on this music and by the time the concert comes around, it really does sound beautiful.”

The Helias Catholic Concert Choir received the Christmas music on Friday, October 21, the day after their fall concert. The choir has worked endlessly to perfect the different parts of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass in each song. Each class period is full of both individual and group practices. Every note in each song gets checked and rechecked to make sure that it is correct.

So far, each song has been worked on at least once a week. The four different choral parts turn into six for a few of the songs, making them more intricate. The choir has not yet started practicing without the music, although some of the choir members claim to have parts of the songs memorized.

“The songs are sounding better,” said Leah Stieferman, “but I still think they have a long way to go before they are perfect.”

In the end, the goal of the choir is to sing every note perfectly. The choir is hoping to have a large crowd with lots of smiles in the auditorium of the Performing Arts Center. They are practicing daily to be able to perform each song to the best of their ability. For the Helias Catholic Concert Choir, practice is the key to success.



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