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Bradshaw choirs the only high school to perform for Governor
Free public concert tomorrow 6 p.m. at GHMS

Under the direction of Amy Van Winkle, members of the Advanced Women’s Ensemble run through Candy Cane Lane, one of several they sang at the Capitol Tree Lighting ceremony in Phoenix on Monday.<br>  
Trib Photos/Sue Tone

Under the direction of Amy Van Winkle, members of the Advanced Women’s Ensemble run through Candy Cane Lane, one of several they sang at the Capitol Tree Lighting ceremony in Phoenix on Monday.<br> Trib Photos/Sue Tone

About 30 students' vocal chords were humming and hollering this past week as Bradshaw Mountain High School choirs prepared not only for their own concert on Dec. 5, but also a Dec. 2 performance for Governor Jan Brewer at the 48th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the State Capitol.

The Chamber Choir and Advanced Women's Ensemble under the direction of Amy Van Winkle were the only high school choirs in Arizona Gov. Brewer invited to perform.

"The kids are very excited and working hard on making this a special performance," Van Winkle said last week.

The choirs also qualified at recent competitions and will attend the State Choral Festival next April. The Chamber Choir earned an Excellent rating with Distinction, and the Advanced Women's Ensemble received a Superior rating with Distinction.

The Men's Ensemble attended a Phoenix event as the only choir to represent all of Northern Arizona at the Boys to Men Festival hosted by the Phoenix Orpheus Chorale.

Two members, Caleb Hunt and Nathanael Hauschild, were selected as soloists for the massed choir performance at the end of the festival.

For some of the holiday numbers, Van Winkle stands in front of the students and directs. For others, she starts them out and then steps aside. They listen to each other and stay in tune and on tempo.

During practice this past week, Van Winkle reminded students of the number one job they must do at every performance.

"Your job is to entertain. It's not to impress them with your voice or your harmony, although those will be noticed," she said. "They want to see your face, your expression. They want to see joy. If you can't put joy into singing, there's no sense in doing it."

The public is invited to enjoy the joy as the choirs perform tomorrow, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Glassford Hill Middle School Auditorium. Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted.

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