Breedlove Auditorium at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will ring to the angelic sounds of children’s choirs during the holiday season as youth from the UAFS Academy of the Arts presents holiday choir concerts Dec. 3 and 7.
The Flute Choir, Teen Honor Choir and Teen Vocal Jazz will perform on Monday, Dec. 3, and Children’s Choir, Show Choir Kidz and World Drum Circle are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7. Both concerts are at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
“We’re thrilled at the record enrollment this year in choir and are really excited with what they are doing,” said Rosilee Russell of Fort Smith, executive director of the Academy of the Arts.
The Dec. 3 concert will feature a wide variety of music including several season favorites. The Flute Choir is directed by Ginny Hudson of Fayetteville. Sheila Mann of Fort Smith directs the Teen Honor Choir and the accompanist is Gini Law of Fort Smith.
The Teen Vocal Jazz is directed by Alisha Spears of Poteau and accompanied by Lindsay Hobbs of Fort Smith.
Mann, director of the Teen Honor Choir, said her favorite aspect of the holidays is the music.
“That’s why our program consists primarily of traditional Christmas carols,” she said. “I believe most people look forward to those familiar songs.”
Spears, director of Teen Vocal Jazz, promises something a bit different.
“Teen Vocal Jazz will be performing some familiar Christmas favorites with a ‘swing’ twist reminiscent of the big band style,” Spears said.
Russell said the flute choirs are performing with the Teen Honor Choir.
“These are the top flute musicians in their schools,” Russell said. “And the senior members are mostly All-State musicians. This will be a great performance.”
Children from Booneville, Cedarville, Charleston, Fort Smith, Sallisaw and Van Buren will perform in the Dec. 3 concert.
The Dec. 7 concert features some of the younger musicians at the Academy performing a variety of music, including some holiday favorites. There will even be pieces that feature members of all three groups. Mann directs The Children’s Choir. Law directs Show Choir Kidz, and World Drum Circle is under the direction of Holly Murphy of Fort Smith.
Russell said the World Drum Circle is made up of 30 children.
“This is, for many of them, their first opportunity in a music ensemble,” she said.
Children from Alma, Booneville, Fort Smith, Greenwood, Hartford, Lavaca and Van Buren will perform in the second concert.
For more information, contact Russell at 479-788-7546 or administrative specialist Sarah Taylor at 479-788-7253.