Holiday gift of song


Posted: Monday, December 11, 2000

The Alaska Youth Choir presented a gift to Juneau last weekend with its Holiday Concert 2000. Two sold-out performances are proof that the spirit of youth and the arts is alive and well in Juneau.

Missouri Smyth, music director for the AYC, was able to combine the 55 voices in a broad palette of traditional and holiday favorites. Nearly every tradition was touched in some way by the youth assembled Friday at Northern Light Church and Sunday at Chapel by the Lake.

Carols from many countries and regions were featured including Appalachia, Austrian, English, French, Colombian and Russian. Traditional English and Jewish melodies were included as well. Individual members of the choir were featured in instrumental and vocal solos. Excellent keyboard support was given during the program.

The AYC included the Juneau Youth Symphony, conducted by Patrick Murphy, and the Juneau Children's Peace Choir, with Tanya Roust and Karen Kirts.

All persons involved in the AYC are to be commended for a very good holiday presentation. The many hours of volunteer parent support, work and administrative duties are to be noted.

The choir, founded in 1994 by Bob Norman and parents, was established to provide an additional choral opportunity for youth in the community. It is certainly filling the bill. The Concert Choir appeared in the Brooklyn, N.Y. Youth Choral Festival this summer and will travel to Vancouver, B.C., for the World of Children's Choirs 2001 in March.

J. Allan MacKinnon


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