The varsity choir was joined by the treble choir to sing A Glad Noel by Linda Spevacek-Avery and All Alone Beneath The Mistletoe by Jay Althouse.

High school holiday concert presented

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards

 Music students at Big Lake High School presented their annual holiday concert Monday, The band was conducted by Heidi R. Olson and the choir was directed by Mary Ebanks.

The evening began at 7 p.m. with selected ensembles and the wins ensemble playing in the foyer as the audience arrived. They began with a percussion ensemble playing william James Fitzpatrick’s Away In  Manger.
A trumpet ensemble stepped up to play Silent Night by Franz Gruber and a traditional English carol, Jolly Old St. Nick.
A group of clarinet musicians played the 15th century French processional, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and another traditional English carol, We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
A French horn and saxophone ensemble played O Come All Ye Faithful by John F. Wade and the 19th century American carol, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.
A low brass ensemble, featuring Jack Fiskum on bassoon, played three songs, starting with the 16th century English Coventry Carol. Next was We Three Kings of Orient Are, a 19th century carol. They concluded with Hark The Herald Angels Sing, which was written by F. Mendelssohn.
A flute ensemble played The First Noel, a traditional English carol, and Joy To The World, written by Dr. Isaac Watts with G.F. Handel.
The entire wind ensemble joined together to play African Bell Carol, arranged by Robert W. Smith, Greensleeves, arranged by Alfred Reed and Sleigh Ride, written by Leroy Anderson. 
Assistant Principal Angie Folch welcomed he audience and the singers began with Old Fox Wassail, a traditional English song arranged by Stephen Hatfield.
The Chamber Singers, Aliyah Agyekum, Abby Beckers, TaNisha Britton, Emily Ewert, Donnie Johnson, Lauren McCreery, Grace Rondeau, Natalia Springsteen and Cacia Stanley-Sanford sang Winter Song by Stephen Paulus. They were accompanied on tone bells by Lindsay Maruska, David Jerde, Lexi Walsh, Grant Hanrahan and Ashley Davis.
Crystal Nordquist accompanied the singers on piano for their next song, Tiny King, by Joyce Eilers.
Varsity Choir
Next up was the varsity choir, who sang the traditional Polish carol Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, arranged by Ruth E. Dwyer and Martin L. Ellis. 
The varsity choir was joined by the treble choir to sing A Glad Noel by Linda Spevacek-Avery and All Alone Beneath The Mistletoe by Jay Althouse.
The treble choir sang the traditional Welsh carol, Deck the Halls, arranged by Kirby Shaw.
The Chamber Singers returned for Home For The Holidays, words and music by Al Stillman and Robert Allen, arranged by Mark Brymer. soloists were Emily Ewert, Alyssa Nguyen, Natalia Springsteen and Donnie Johnson.
The Chamber Singers were accompanied by Mary Petersen on flute for Baby, It’s Cold Outside, written by Frank Loesser, arranged by Kirby Shaw. This song was choreographed by the students.
The concert choir took the stage to sing Ding Dong! Merrily on High!, a traditional French carol arranged by Ruth Morris Gray.
All the choirs and Big Lake alumni took to the stage for the sining of the Carol Of The Bells, written by Peter J. Wilhousky and M. Leontovich.
Then it was time for the annual sing-along, which included O Come All Ye Faithful, Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls and We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
The concert concluded with Silent Night, which included interpretive dance by Shealyn Abbot. Sandy Roussin signed this song.
In the foyer, the jazz band was set to play the audience out, starting with Nutcracker Rock, arranged by Mike Smukal, Frosty the Snowman, arranged by Jerry Nowak, I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day, Rockin’Around The Christmas Tree, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, A Holly Jolly Christmas and the Christmas Waltz, all arranged by Nowak. 
Jazz band members are Jessica Neaton, Jordyn Robarge, Hunter Snyders, Mikayla Bridgeman, Cole Carlson and Izzy Rasmussen on saxes, Caitlin Loeffler, Rachel Olson, April Harrison and Cassie Jahn on trumpets, Daniel Kopis, Jenna Doeden and Nate Souther on trombones and Stephanie Jardine, Grant Bengston, Hannah Fussy and Andrea Doty on percussion.
The students’ next concert will be Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. It will feature BLHS wind ensemble, jazz band and concert band in the high school auditorium 


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CHUCK MAURER, 54, of Becker was killed in a car crash Tuesday and his 10 year old daughter, Casey, was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center after his mini-van was t-boned by a pickup truck driven by four teenagers from Little Falls. (Submitted photo courtesy of the Maurer family.)

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