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December 3, 2008

DHS choir to sing in Christmas

Derrick Miller

DUNCAN — There’s something about the holiday season that promotes good cheer and lot of singing.

Duncan High School Chorale members will perform traditional and some newer Christmas songs for the group’s annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the DHS Auditorium.

As always, the final song of the night will be “Peace, Peace.”

A dessert revue will start at 6 p.m. with the concert covered in the ticket price.

Kevin Zinn, DHS vocal music director, said the concert is one of several ways the group is working toward raising money for a cruise. Zinn said that since this is the last year before passports become a requirement for all trips outside the country, he wants to give the students a chance to have such an experience.

In addition to the concert, the choir is also caroling for anyone in the community.

The concert will also feature a silent auction with proceeds going toward the cruise.

Rachel Rothner and Jacob Russell, DHS seniors and members of Reflections Show Choir, said they’re looking forward to the performance and have been working on the music since October.

They started after winning first place in the Little Dixie Chorale Concert in Ada.

Russell said the concert will be the last Christmas performance in high school for the seniors. This could be a representation of their high school years.

“It’s the last time,” he said.

Rothner said she likes the music selection this year. As members of Reflections, they will also be dancing during the show.

“Dancing is always fun,” she said. “We’ve been working hard to get ready for this.”

Russell and Rothner said the team has worked well with one another, which has helped the students prepare for the program. They said the practices have gone smoother than they have in previous years.

“I think we’re further ahead than we were last year,” Russell said.

Rothner said the member’s attitudes have made the choir more enjoyable for her.

“This group’s really fun,” she said. “We all get along.”

They said the music program has given them a chance to have fun throughout the years and to give back to the community. Every holiday season, the choir sings Christmas carols for assisted living residents.

Both said they’ll miss performing at the high school and working with Zinn.

“It’s our last year with Mr. Zinn,” Russell said. “We’ve had him since seventh grade.

“We were the group that moved to the high school with him.”