Corbin H. Crable
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Christmas may be over, but vocal music students at Gardner Edgerton High School still have a bit more holiday cheer to spread.
GEHS vocal music students will perform in the school’s annual holiday vocal concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 in the high school’s auditorium. Admission is free.
GEHS vocal music instructor Todd Burd said he made the decision to reschedule the concert to early January due to inclement weather conditions on Dec. 15, the concert’s original date.
“We noticed the roads were getting worse, and we didn’t want the students out there,” Burd said. “We were watching out for the well-being of our community.”
It will be worth the wait, however, with a diverse lineup of music planned for the evening, Burd said.
“It will be everything from traditional to gospel,” Burd said. “We’ll have a wide range of music that also includes Pioneer Ridge Middle School and Madison Elementary. They’ll be doing joint numbers so everyone can see kids of all ages performing together.”
Burd said the students will perform an arrangement of the hymn “Go Tell It On the Mountain” by Kansas City composer Mark Hayes
“And ‘Silent Night’ and ‘O Holy Night’ are always crowd pleasers,” said Burd, who added that the school has hosted the holiday vocal music concert for years.
“This tends to be one of the favorite concerts of the year because it grasps the spirit of the holiday season,” he said. “It’s an enjoyable concert.”
After the holiday concert, Burd has plenty more in store for his vocal music students for the remainder of the academic year. The Blue Blazers and madrigal choirs will travel to New York to perform in the nation’s largest gothic cathedral. And after a busy contest season, the students will perform in their annual pops concert in May.
“That’s always another fun concert because the kids get to perform a little more contemporary-style music,” Burd noted.
He said that the upcoming holiday concert will be just another strong addition to an already productive year in his department.
“It’s been a very positive year,” he said. “I have a strong bunch of singers. We have almost 180 vocalists here, and it continues to grow every year.”