Holidays: Hill Country Youth Chorus

Youth singers to perform
Christmas favorites and more

By Mary Kincy

A photo of the Hill Country Youth Chorus performing.

The Hill Country Youth Chorus in a past holiday performance.

The Hill Country Youth Chorus is preparing to sing in the holiday season in a concert at Texas State’s Evans Auditorium.

The event, themed “Jingle Bells: A Season of Celebration,” will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 in Evans Auditorium at Texas State. Admission — including admittance to a faculty BrassWorks performance of carols in the lobby beginning at 6 and a reception hosted by Sigma Alpha Iota to follow the main performance — is free.

The Hill Country Youth Chorus is comprised of 40 youths ages 7-16 from Hays and surrounding counties, all under the direction of Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer, associate professor of music and director of choral music education at Texas State.

Mission: The Hill Country Youth Chorus provides youth with a choral music experience where successive levels of high artistic achievement and performance are fostered in each participant. It is also intended to supplement and enhance the music training students receive in school.

Brinckmeyer says the program offers a wide variety of benefits to its participants.

“I think, first of all, they get to enjoy music, and sometimes music helps express things inside us that we’re not able to articulate,” she says. Leaders of the Chorus also emphasize respectful behavior, community-mindedness, leadership and citizenship.

A photo of the Hill Country Youth Chorus performing.

The Hill Country Youth Chorus will perform Dec. 12 at Texas State.

In concert with holiday favorites, Brinckmeyer said the upcoming performance will feature audience sing-alongs, student solos and select nonholiday numbers in the African and Caribbean traditions. A featured performance by the Prelude Chorus — comprised of 7- and 8-year-olds — will delight as well.

The performance is the culmination of rehearsals that began in September.

More about the Chorus

Brinkmeyer is assisted in leading the Hill Country Youth Chorus by Abigail Brown, executive assistant director. Corrie Box is artistic assistant director. Danton Bankay serves as the accompanist. To learn more about becoming involved with the Chorus, go here.

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