Spectacular Sounds of the Season
December 13, 2011 by Becca Hansen
TJ’s Choir puts on a festive performance to spread holiday cheer to the Spartan community.
On Tuesday December 6, 2011 TJ’s very own choir held a concert offered to the community at no cost, to show off their vocal skills in performing classic holiday songs and carols, filling the auditorium with holiday spirit.
Students work on the holiday show in advance to refine their skills, perfect the songs, and collaborate cohesively as a group. “We worked to learn the songs in sectionals. The groups also utilized off time during Excel, before school, and after school to practice,” said Choir Teacher Linda Sorenson.
In the concert, students sang classics such as Winter Wonderland and Jingle Bells. Students performed in their own specific groups within choir, and concluded the event by singing three songs as a whole choir. “I think the students did awesome. It offered the school a good chance to get into the holiday spirit,” said Sorenson.
Hard work and preparation for the concert ultimately made the presentation a festive and exceptional event to be seen by the TJ community. “I love to sing, so being in choir is a fun thing for me. I am part of the advanced choir, and personally I think we sound great; we put a lot of energy into our performances and we’ve worked for nine weeks on this performance,” said Sophomore Ben Schweitzer.
Senior Cory Adams was also happy with the group’s performance and says he was glad to see their dedication and commitment pay off. “We were having trouble coming together as a group and perfecting our songs but we came together for tonight’s show making it a success, proving that through tenacity and patience anything can be achieved if simply believed.”
This year TJ’s choir program has 95 students, nearing the typical 100 students that participate annually. There is beginning choir classes as well as advanced choir and there is both men’s and women’s groups. “Music is my passion; choir is a great place to be,” said Senior Keith Hussey.
Sorenson encourages anyone who likes music and has a passion for singing to join. “If singing is something you enjoy join Choir, we need the voices!”