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A merry little winter concert

Columbine Chorale to put on show Tuesday night

Allison Plean

Members of the Columbine Singers rehearse in the United Methodist Church once a week for their upcoming holiday performance, which will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Church.

— When Nichole Young was hired as the director of The Columbine Chorale, she was a little unsure of what to expect.

“I thought it was going to be hard to penetrate a tradition, and the people would resent any change,” Young said. “But it turned out not to be a challenge. They have been easy-going, and I had put that challenge on myself.”

Young has been getting the Chorale ready for its much-anticipated Winter Concert, which will be at the United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

“People can expect to have a little more fun,” Young said. “It’s a winter concert including Christmas, Hanukkah and snow songs. It is all-inclusive of what winter time is about.”

Young’s goal as the new director of the Chorale is to recruit some younger music students to the group.

Her love of singing and music brought her back to teaching after taking a couple years off to work at an insurance company.

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“I thought I would be able to go without it, but I couldn’t,” Young said. “It bec-omes about sharing a common interest and goal and directing them to being better at what they want to do.”

Young still feels humbled by the fact the Chorale hired her as director.

“These people took a huge leap of faith. I love having these people look to me for direction, and they seem to soak up everything I say,” she said. “They are very graciously letting me learn as well as teach them.”

Young choose her favorite holiday song to close the concert on Tuesday.

“‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ has been my favorite song since I was little. It still chokes me up,” she said. “And they do such a beautiful job. Everyone will leave feeling very wintry.”

– To reach Allison Plean, call 871-4204

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If you go

What: The Columbine Chorale Winter Concert

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: United Methodist Church, 8th and Oak St.

Cost: Free

Call: 879-1290