Flagstaff Youth Chorale

The Flagstaff Youth Chorale will perform their annual winter concert 'Seasonal Sound of Singing' on Monday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m., at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church. The five ensembles of the chorale perform both individually and combined, to provide a varied experience for both singers and audiences. The program will include traditional carols, popular children's holiday songs, as well as sacred seasonal pieces. The concert is open to the public, family- friendly, and free of charge, although donations are appreciated.

This is the first formal concert under the direction of the new Director of Choirs, Steven Schaefer, who joined the organization this fall. Schaefer was previously the accompanist for FYC, before going on to directing choirs in several local schools. As the new Director for the Flagstaff Youth Chorale, Schaefer is looking forward to the upcoming season of creating excellent choral music by teaching vocal technique, introducing age-appropriate music literature, and preparing inspiring performances.

Flagstaff Youth Chorale provides the opportunity for Flagstaff area children/youth from 1st through 12th grade to participate in a choir in which they receive artistic training. Since 1997, the chorale has trained more than 700 young singers, awarded more than 300 tuition scholarships, and presented over 70 concerts. In addition, they have toured throughout the state, and collaborated with nine national and international choirs, including the world-renowned Australian Girls Choir and the Ile de France Children's Choir under the direction of Professor Francis Bardot. Singers in the choir not only participate in professionally guided musical training and the two chorale concerts per year, but also have the opportunity to perform with local arts organizations, such as the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and the Master Chorale of Flagstaff.

Enrollment for new members will begin Monday, Jan. 8, from 5-7 p.m., at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church. For more information, visit flagstaffyouthchorale.org.

Santa Claus, carriage rides and cookies

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Flagstaff Saturday for the annual Christmas party at the historic Riordan Mansion State Park. Mrs. Claus will read stories and Santa will be on hand to hear Christmas wishes. There will be cookies, cider and crafts. Merry-Go-Round Carriage Rides will be on hand for trips around the property and Just Desserts will be playing festive music in the West House.

The party is from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9. The event is open to the public and free.

All through December visitors can tour the Riordans' historic homes decorated as they would have been 100 years ago with wreaths, garlands, greenery and a towering fir tree trimmed with hand-made ornaments. Guided tours are given on the hour. Reservations are highly recommended.

For more information about the party or to schedule a tour, call the park at 779-4395.

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