The Truman Community Choir has been busy rehearsing for their second annual Christmas Cantata. Last year approximately 32 performers from Truman and surrounding areas gathered together to herald the coming Christmas season with a performance that was attended by upwards of 100 people, according to director Mark Nass. This year, however, the Christmas cheer may not be coming.
“Last year we had a ton of fun,” said Nass. “This year I don’t have as many singers as I had because, you know... life happens.” Only 15 or so people have been regularly attending practices, which started in early September. “If we don’t get more singers this week then we’ll have to cancel the performance.”
Nass said a variety of people made up last year and this year’s group. Some are people who used to sing in their church’s choir when their church had one, and others just enjoy singing. “We’ve even got a few high school students this year,” Nass said. He said anyone currently in 9th grade and above is welcome to join, provided they show up ready to sing!
The group practices on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Truman Public Schools (TPS). While there are only about five rehearsals left, Nass said that participants don’t have to be able to attend all of them, as cds are available with the entire performance on them. “The cds are really nice” Nass said, stating that participants use them at home, in their vehicle, or download them to smartphones and iPods.
Nass said that the biggest requirement for joining the group is “you enjoy singing!” He stated, “we’re not professionals. It’s a fun community outreach that spreads the message of Christmas and the season.”
This year’s performance is “NOEL: Night of Everlasting Love” which is a collection of timeless Christmas classics with some new twists to the arrangements. The entire event should last around 45-50 minutes, with a 10-15 minute break in the middle.
The choir is in need of both male and female singers for all parts. If you are interested or have questions, contact TPS band director Dave Stordalen by calling the high school at 776-2111 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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