Seventh-graders Katie Donovan, from left, and Jaelyn Wahley, and eighth-graders Brittany Shaffer and Kayla Harves, perform with the Soroco Middle School Concert Band during the Soroco Music Department's Holiday Concert on Tuesday night.

Photo by Melinda Dudley

Seventh-graders Katie Donovan, from left, and Jaelyn Wahley, and eighth-graders Brittany Shaffer and Kayla Harves, perform with the Soroco Middle School Concert Band during the Soroco Music Department's Holiday Concert on Tuesday night.

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— The audience was brought to their feet not just with applause, but also to join in on the Christmas fun at the Soroco Music Department's Holiday Concert on Tuesday.

The middle school band and choir led attendees in Soroco High School's standing-room-only old gym in a "Jingle Bells" sing-a-long - the first of five led by various performing groups throughout the night.

Flutists accessorized their instruments with red and green curling ribbon, and the students' black concert attire was punctuated with Santa hats. Several music stands were adorned with oversized bows.

The Soroco Middle School Concert Band kicked off the evening with "Sleighs A'comin" and "Joyeux Noel."

For their performance of "What Child Is This?" Soroco Middle School's band and choir combined for the first time in five years - in part because a number of students participate in both ensembles, Soroco Secondary Schools Director of Music Kelli Turnipseed said.

"We have so many students doing double duty, and we didn't want them to have to choose," Turnipseed said.

The Soroco High School Choir performed "Peace, Peace" and "Grown Up Christmas List," and joined with the middle school choir for "Mistletoe."

The Soroco High School Concert Band was the final student ensemble to take the stage, performing "Bahama Holiday," "Ukranian Bell Carol," "A Winter's Night" and "Christmas Recollections."

Closing out the holiday concert was the 11-member Soroco Faculty Choir, whose performance of "Sing Noel" was a fan favorite among the students.

Prior to the concert, art projects from Soroco students were on display in the commons area. Middle school art students displayed their self-portraits alongside high school and independent study projects.

Pieces from classes other than art were on display as well, including model medieval manors constructed by high school world history students.

The nearly 50 art students from the middle and high schools were able to put all of their recent work in the show, art teacher Jody Elston said. Each class project takes the students about two and a half weeks to complete, she said.

"They're very artistic," Elston said. "The students here are just so talented."

The Soroco Music Department's next event is the District 8 Solo and Ensemble Festival on Feb. 26 at Soroco High School.

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