Music in the air as students perform

Music in the air as students perform

In spite of an unseasonably warm day outside, it was Christmas indoors at the Carlinville High School gym Dec. 2, as the school district’s choirs and bands performed their annual Christmas concert.

The program included music of the season, from the traditional and modern to serious and fun.

Performing during the concert were the high school choir, sixth grade beginning band, middle school band, middle school choir and high school band.

CHS band director, Katie Lyphout, said students have been working since the start of the school year on selections for the concert.

“We’ve been preparing since the beginning of the semester on the choir music, and had a month on the band stuff after football season,” Lyphout said. “Every day in rehearsal we’re preparing, and they prepare outside.”

Lyphout chooses a few pieces and also gathers input from choir and band members.

“I had one or two pieces from each ensemble picked out,” Lyphout said, “then had the students select their favorites to perform in front of friends, parents and other family members.”

Lyphout said the students take valuable lessons from their involvement in band and choir.

“In band and choir you learn responsibility and dedication, so you’re learning real-life skills that you can take with you for the rest of your life.”

The students’ parents also play a vital role, according to Lyphout.

“Parents encourage their children to stick with it, they encourage them to practice but it’s really important that they’re there to show their support to students.”

Lyphout said parents also assist in behind-the-scenes ways, such as preparing for the reception immediately following the annual winter concert, and donating supplies.

Middle school band members, from left, Meghan Woods, Nick Bohannon and Andrew Glynn perform during the winter concert.

CHS choir performs.

Clarinet players, from left, Emma Griffith, Taylor Wills and Rachel Olroyd play a Christmas song at the Dec. 2 concert.