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December 18, 2013

New River Youth Symphony and Chorus performs winter concert

FAYETTEVILLE — The New River Youth Symphony and Chorus last week performed its annual winter concert Dec. 14 at the Historic Fayette Theater in Fayetteville.

The Beginner Chorus, Youth Chorus, Emerging Strings, and Youth Symphony all performed.

The Beginner Chorus is under the direction of Kathie Kiser and Heidi Spencer, with Mary Ellen Coffey as accompanist, and the Youth Chorus is directed by Pam Shrader with accompaniment by Betsy Cole.

The youngest singers performed “Silent Night,” accompanied by Maren Boblits on violin and Kelton Boblits on piano; “Nuttin’ for Christmas,” “Honor Your Father and Mother,” and “The Friendly Beasts.”

Members of the Beginner Chorus are Kelton Boblits, Maren Boblits, Ethan Borsman, Mia Borsman, Rinnah Borsman, Cody Frye, Emilio Dalporto, Autumn Rist, Amelia Shrader, Isaiah Taylor and Jed Taylor.

The program of the Youth Chorus included a Benjamin Bailey solo of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” followed by “Bethlehem Procession,” with Christian Bryant on bongos, Kaitlin Hackworth on rainstick, Garrett Weaver on tambourine, and Christina Bailey on finger cymbals. “E La Don Don” (Christian Bryant on hand drum and Garrett Weaver on tambourine) and “Celtic Advent Carol: (Kaitlin Hackworth on piccolo) were followed by soloist Eloise Spencer performing “Gospel Magnificat” and “Shalom, Pacem, Peace” (Perri Kiser and Elizabeth Koh, violin, and Christina Bailey, cello) to conclude the Youth Chorus portion of the concert.

Youth Chorus members are Benjamin Bailey, Amos Borsman, Jacob Cline, James Cline, Sarah Cline, Ashley Deitz, Faun Kesselring, Jessica Kincaid, Perri Kiser, Hannah McBride, Madison McBride, Eloise Spencer, Emily Taylor, Jessica Taylor, Nikol Taylor, Faith Thomas, Grace Thomas, Jenna Weatherford and Seth Workman.

The two choral groups then joined forces to sing the popular holiday classic, “Christmastime.”

The Emerging Strings, under the directorship of Lydia Feazell, performed “Apollo Suite — I. Prelude,” “Polonaise” and “Ode to Joy.”

Members of Emerging Strings are: Violin 1 — Gracey Bennett, Jamin Workman, Henry Hopper and Maren Boblits; Violin 2 — Molly Pino and Autumn Roop; Cello — Maya Mills; and Violin 3 — Grace Thomas, Gigi Hopper and Coco Hopper.

Conductor William Bailey directed the New River Youth Symphony through a program of both classical and more modern music, beginning with “Amadeus” from Symphony No. 25. The remainder of the program included “Irish Suite #2,” featuring The Wearing of the Green, The Last Rose of Summer and The Girl I Left Behind Me; “Let’s Get Loud,” “The Christmas Song,” “Stille Nacht” with guest soloist Kendra Ramsey on cello, and the rollicking “Sleigh Ride.”

Also working with the symphony, now completing its seventh year, are Lydia Feazell, strings coach, and Betsy Cole, accompanist.

Members of the Youth Symphony are: Violin 1 — Perri Kiser, Eloise Spencer and Elizabeth Koh; Violin 2 — Ashley Deitz, Elijah Hopper, Samantha Lopez and Lydia Feazell; Viola — Faith Thomas and Christa Neal; Cello — Ricky Lopez, Christina Bailey, Derek Hopper and Jessica Kincaid; Double Bass — Lars Swanson; Flute — Kaitlin Hackworth; Clarinet — Stephanie Harrell and Maria Milam; Alto Sax — Heidi Morey; Tenor Sax — Cody Stack; Trumpet — Christina Bailey, Austin Morgan and Jennifer Poole; Horn — Austin Morgan; Trombone — Sarah Coleman; and Percussion — Amos Borsman, Christian Bryant and Garrett Weaver.

For more information on the NRYSC, visit the website at, or call 304-619-5971.

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