By: Damarilys Hernandez
On December 11, 2015, all of the choirs at Elyria High School performed in an annual Holiday Concert in the Performing Arts Center at EHS. Choir director Ms. Bondzio, provided background information about the five choral ensembles at EHS: Concert Choir, Treble Choir, A Capella, Chorale, and Madrigals.
Concert Choir is an entry-level all women’s choir. They sing in three parts: Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, and Alto. These women are currently learning more on how to sing as individuals, and they also try to sing in other languages.
Concert Choir sang three songs for the Holiday Concert: “A La Nita,””Thankful,” and “Sing Dem Herrn.”
The song “A La Nita” had a solo sung by freshman, Becca Burkett, and the song “Thankful” had a solo sung by Semari Duncan, freshman.
Treble Choir is a Mid-Level all women’s choir. They sing in 3-4 parts: Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Alto 1, and Alto 2. They are working on singing more advanced music than the ladies in Concert Choir.
Treble Choir sang four songs for the Holiday Concert. They sang “Hodie Alleluia”, “Sing Dem Herrn”, “My Favorite Things” (which also featured the EHS Sign Choir), and “What Child Is This.”
A Capella is a Top-Level choir for both men and women. This choir sings in 8 parts: Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1,Alto 2,Tenor 1,Tenor 2,Baritone, and Bass. This choir sings the most advanced music, and they also sing different styles of music than the other choirs.
A Capella sang six songs in the Holiday Concert. They sang the song “Candlelight Carol”, “Betelehemu,” “Sing Dem Herrn,” “Light a Candle,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”
This choir kicked off the second half of the concert with the song, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” which also featured a procession with candles. The song, “Candlelight Carol,” featured two solos sung by Erika Flint and Evan Hogan. The song “Betelehemu” had one solo sung by Tyler Dooley, and the Cajon drum was played by Kyree Nelson. A Cappella also sang “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” with the Madrigals.
The Madrigals are an elite ensemble composed of men and women. This choir mostly sings Pop or Modern Music. This ensemble sings in 4-8 parts: Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, Alto 2, Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone, and Bass.
The Mads sang seven songs: “Silent Night,” “Coventry Carol,” “Uncle John,” “White Winter Hymnal,” “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” “Wassail,” and “Sing Dem Herrn.”
“White Winter Hymnal,” was joined by the 2015 graduates. “Uncle John,” included all of the madrigal alumni. “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” was sung by all of Elyria High and Elyria West Alumni.
Chorale is an all men’s choir. They mostly sing classical music. This choir sings in 3 parts: Tenor, Baritone, and Bass.
Chorale sang four songs: “Bidi Bom,” “Three French Carols,” “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch,” and “Sing Dem Herrn.”
Chorale sang “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” with the Sign Choir, and this song also had two solos sung by Michael Facemyer and Alex Wade.
Sign Choir is a program at EHS for kids with disabilities. This choir does a variety of different music than the other choirs. Sign Choir director, Ms. Kristen Metz, has said that the EHS Holiday Choir Concert was the first time the Sign Choir had a choir sing along with them.
This choir signed three songs: “My favorite Things,” “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch,” and “O Holy Night.” The song “O Holy Night,” had no choir accompaniment with them, so they signed along to a recording of the song.