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SMS annual winter choir concert

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On Thursday, December 8th the Sartell Middle School presented their annual winter choir concert. There was six choirs that performed, which includes the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choirs along with the Treble Singers and the Sabre Singers. All of the kids who sang in these groups did a fabulous job, and much like the band concert, they proved how much talent we have in Sartell.

There were two concerts that night, one that started at 6:00 pm and one that started at 7:30 pm. The 6:00 performance featured the 5th and 6th graders, and the 7:30 concert featured the 7th and 8th graders. The Treble Singers and Sabre Singers sang at both of the performances.

The concerts both began with a performance by the Treble Singers. This is an auditioned group featuring 7th and 8th grade girls who come in early during the week to prepare their music. The girls sang “Let it Snow!” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”. For being so young they have a very nice sound and are clearly all extremely talented.

The 5th graders then marched in to perform their set of music. There are roughly 150 students in the fifth grade choir, which is amazing considering last year there was half this amount. The kids performed four songs titled “Frosty Winter Snow”, “Child of Peace”, “Old Man Winter”, and “Winter Wonderland.” The song “Old Man Winter” even featured a few of the middle school orchestra members on the violins. For being such a large choir and for being so young, these kids sound fantastic, and it will be fun to see how they sound in the future!

The next group to perform at the 6:00 concert was the Sabre Singers. This is another auditioned group featuring some of the best male and female vocalists in the middle school. These kids are extremely talented on their own, and when you put them all together they become a truly amazing group. They performed one song called “Various themes on Fa La La.” This piece was fun and up-beat and was one that the kids seemed to really enjoy.

The 7:30 concert showcased the Treble Singers, and the Sabre Singers, as well as the 7th and 8th grade choirs. The Treble and Sabre Singers sang the same pieces at both concerts.

The 7th grade choir sang three pieces and they were titled “Issay, Issay!”, “Autumn Vesper”, and “The First Noel/Pachelbel’s Canon.” The 7th graders did a fantastic job, and there were even some 8th grade boys who lent a helping hand and sang the bass and tenor part with the 7th graders. Not all of the 7th graders are able to hit the lower notes, so the 8th graders came in to help make their sound a little bit stronger. This choir did a fantastic job overall and were very animated while they were singing, which made their set more enjoyable.

The next was the 8th grade choir, and they were by far the smallest choir. For this choir size did not matter, because they were able to blow everyone away with their mature sound. They sang three songs titled “Winter Carnival”, “Down to the River to Pray”, and “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel.”  A couple years ago the Concert Choir at the high school sang “Down to the River to Pray”, so it was very cool to see another group perform this piece and hear how they put their own spin on the piece.

The last piece of the night was a mass piece by the 7th and 8th grade choirs called “Give Us Hope.” This piece was absolutely remarkable and the kids did a marvelous job. There was a soloist for this piece and she really performed well. She was so excited to sing her solo, and she really got into it and it was a very uplifting moment.

Sartell choirs really have something special and we should all be proud of our music department and the quality of the music that we are able to create. It will be interesting to see how much these kids have improved at their spring concert this upcoming year.

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