Many Voices Choir closes 2019 on festive note


The Many Voices Choir performed its Christmas concert for the third time Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville. Tim Schumacher is director of the choir. Jennifer Johnson is accompanist. The choir's holiday tour included Bancroft, Jackson, MN, and Spirit Lake in addition to Estherville. The title of the concert was "Salvation is Created," and director Schumacher invited the audience to hold its applause until each of three sections was completed.

Joan Gronstal of Spirit Lake performed a flute solo on "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." Jennifer Johnson, the accompanist, also picked up some auxiliary percussion on a couple of pieces. Less known tunes interspersed with familiar favorites. "The First Noel" mixed with Pachelbel's "Canon," while "A Rhapsody of Christmas" featured a medley of tunes. Schumacher invited the audience to join the choir in the final verse of "Joy to the World" to conclude the concert.

Rehearsals for the spring concert will begin in February. All area singers are invited to join.

Choir members from Emmet County included, sopranos: Carol Anderson and Deb Richardson of Armstrong, Dorinda Scott, Anne Sexe, Grace Spalding, and Pam Spoo, all of Estherville, and Anita Larson of Ringsted; altos Betty Anderson, Nancy Anderson Barb Bohm, Pamela Dettman, Nancy Diekmann, Naomi Koenecke, and Peggy Semrad, all of Estherville, Carol Swartz of Dolliver, Jeanne Handeland of Wallingford and Ilona Henriksen of Armstrong; tenors Glen Roberts, Dave Seylar, and Meg Sunde all of Estherville, and Beverly Brix of Wallingford; and basses Jeffrey Griffith, Joshua Griffith, and Jon Skrepak, all of Estherville, Jon Birkland of Ringsted, Bob Henriksen of Armstrong, and Paul Peterson and Dave Young of Wallingford.


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