Yampa Valley Singers perform Friday and Saturday
April 10, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Anna Williams has looked forward to the fall and spring seasons for the past three years.
As director for the Yampa Valley Singers fall and spring concerts, Williams enters each concert season unsure how things might unfold.
Sure, there are stalwarts, but each concert brings in new people.
This year, it's a bigger-than-normal block of people — with the addition of eight — making the choir 38 in total.
"I'm proud," Williams said. "It always presents a good challenge."
The Yampa Valley Singers will host its annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs.
Tickets are available from choir members, All That Jazz and at the door and the cost is $10.
"It works really well," Williams said. "It's everybody from people who have never sang before and are in their 50s, to people who sang through high school and college. It works well. Everybody is capable of singing."
Williams took direction of the concerts three years ago after teaching choir at the middle school and high school levels for three years.
It's a way to keep her involved in music, something that always has intrigued her.
This year, the 38-member choir began rehearsing once a week in January.
The program was put together by Williams and several board members from the recently established Yampa Valley Choral Society.
The Yampa Valley Choral Society was created in November and will serve as a nonprofit that oversees the Yampa Valley Singers, Chamber Singers and Youth Chorus.
"We are in a rebuilding year for the Yampa Valley Singers," choir member Joseph Becker said. "One thing we're trying to do is broaden the base of people involved in choral singing."
Williams said part of putting together the concert involves finding pieces that cover broad territory.
This year's show will include old show tunes, Broadway hits, new classics and traditional choir pieces.
The Yampa Valley Youth Chorus, led by Keri Rusthoi, also will perform in the middle of the concert.
"It's for the joy of singing," said Ruth McClelland, who has volunteered with the group for nine years. "It's being able to give back to the community in the musical fashion."