Songs to Inspire the Spirit of the Season
by Anne L., Concordia Applied Journalism
There is a chemistry between voices and Christmas that sparks up the room: HS Choir teacher, Meg Ideker, is passionate about this year’s Christmas concert and is working hard to organize her different choir groups.
In the Intermediate building room 201, on top of the black piano in the center of the room, await small piles of music sheets prepared by Mrs. Ideker for her arriving students. She is very excited for this upcoming event. “Concordia has a wonderful tradition of putting on beautiful Christmas Concerts,” she explains. “The stage will be decorated with poinsettias. The choir members will be in their tuxes and gowns.”
The selection of songs was a collaboration between students and their teacher. Ms. Ideker describes how they went through the audio first, then piano version, then voted democratically. This allows the identities of the community to be expressed even more perspicuously, she says.
“The music will have both sacred and secular music – some familiar pieces and some new,” states Ms. Ideker. “And we will finish with the Hallelujah Chorus.”
“We are starting the concert with a combined choir number, ‘Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence’. We have never done that before. It’s exciting! The piece is very dramatic – starting softly with the women’s voices – and ending in grand fashion with full out singing with full accompaniment on the piano.”
Ms. Ideker explains that the music performances can be expected to take on a different flavor every year. Since the student population changes annually, she says, the voices and emotions conveyed will also vary.
In class, Mrs. Ideker and all her choir students continue to dedicate themselves to practicing the songs that are so eagerly anticipated. The room is full of music, joy, and Christmas mood. There are even jokes about dressing up like elves or reindeers for the concert so everything can be more in mood. Yet when she asks for full attention, the whole class becomes silent, devoting every ounce of attention to the task at hand. It is magical.
Hannah L., one of the Bel Canto students, explains why this concert is clearly her favorite among all others. “I love the Christmas songs and how it can be really cheery!” she says.
Many of the upcoming musical compositions are quite challenging to perform because of the high ranges required for the. Some of the songs will be sang in unison which requires full focused attention on one’s own parts while considering others nearby. But by the third official lesson with their new songs, the choir students are well on their way through preparations to get their parts just right.
What’s in store for the Christmas Concert?
The list is revealed here:
A la nanita nana – A Spanish Christmas Lullaby
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Bel Canto (Beautiful Singing)
Silent Night with Women’s Ensemble
Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Faculty, Parents & Friends Choir
Under the direction of Middle School Choir Director, Ms. Darcy Hendriks
Music to be determined…
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent (with handbells)
Hallelujah Chorus – from the Messiah (Performed with Chamber Strings, Directed by Mrs. Preus)