Originally Published: December 4, 2018 2:18 p.m.
The Chino Valley United Methodist Church’s music team has come up with the idea for a pilot program of a Chino Valley Community Choir, according to Sandy Jones of the church.
There was a community choir in Chino Valley for more than 30 years where each church would host a concert every Christmas, Jones said. However, the event dwindled through the years and didn’t even happen last year, she said.
“This year, we decided we were going to restart that,” she said. “The venue will be in a school … because there’s a lot of folks that are either turned off or just don’t want to do that kind of thing.”
The choir’s Christmas concert is Saturday, Dec 8, in the Heritage Middle School cafeteria. Rehearsals have brought people from all over including Paulden, Chino Valley and members of the Prescott Chorale, Jones said. People have been appreciative that it’s starting again, she said.
The music for the 2 p.m. concert is going to be traditional Christmas music, keeping it simple for everyone so they feel welcome, said Pastor Michael Keffer. Next year, they’re going to field suggestions to take into consideration, Jones said. They also want to put on additional concerts such as one with patriotic music as time goes on, she said.
They started thinking about restarting the choir last year, and the preparations for doing so started in June, Jones said. The hope is to also bring back some consistency that was around with the original choir, Keffer said. After all, Prescott has Acker Night and Prescott Valley has its Holiday Festival of Lights, he said.
Furthermore, it was important to keep something going for the community and to show everybody that churches are still here as the community, Keffer said.
“We’re not trying to get you to come to church,” he said. “All we’re trying to do is get people to have a good time.”
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