Choir raises funds with carols

With the holidays fast approaching, the CFHS choir students have already begun spreading the Christmas spirit. Singers from all choirs participate in the caroling group which will be performing gigs around the community from now until Christmas time.

The group has been rehearsing since mid October before, during and after school to prepare the carols, all of which are sung in a cappella. The group sings the classic Christmas carols but also incorporates some more contemporary pieces.

“Performing live music in streets and in lobbies, it lifts everybody’s spirits and gets them in the mood for the season. Adults always like to see young people still carrying on traditions, and the kids have a blast,” choir and caroling instructor Kendra Wohlert said.

The group performs about 15 gigs around the community — everywhere from the Cedar Falls downtown, the Gallagher Bluedorn, in lobbies and outside.

“The opportunity to go to different places is really cool. You get to go to different venues, see a lot of different people and sing for them. It’s different than just at a school concert,” junior Mason Meyer said.

The group performs at community events such as Main Street’s Jingle and Mingle on and is also hired by private businesses for their Christmas parties. Businesses pay the group a $100 donation, which will go toward funding student scholarships for the choir tour next year to California.

The group performs in a small group or quartet depending on the event.

“It’s cool just to get out there in the community. It’s not just like a school performance where you’re performing for your parents,” sophomore Maria Dropps said. “It brings joy not only to you but to everyone around you. You see people smiling and the joy on their faces.”

The group’s next gig will be Main Street’s Holiday Hoopla on Nov. 27.

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