On Dec. 13, the Pahranagat Valley Middle and High School Choir performed its winter concert entitled “Here We Come a Caroling.” Beautiful melodies and harmonies by ten young women filled the school’s multipurpose room, conducted by Lori Pitt and accompanied by Becky Higbee.
The concert started with the choir walking in while singing and playing instruments to “Holiday Processional” by Brad Printz. The Middle School Choir performed classics like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks, “Frosty the Snowman” by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, and “Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts and Lowell Mason.
Special performances started with Isareeorn “Miew” Taesuwan and Garret Bowen playing “Carol of the Bells” on the guitar. They were then followed by a touching duet that was performed by Atlanta Masin and Kaylee Pearce as they sang “When Christmas Comes to Town” from the Polar Express. Lastly, there was a beautiful solo by Madison Twitchell singing “Believe” from the Polar Express.
The high school choir then collected on the risers as they sang the songs “Dona Nobis, What Child Is This” by Bettye Ware, and finished with “Mary, Did You Know?” by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene, featuring solos by Atlanta Masin and Madison Twitchell.
The concert ended with audience participation to spread Christmas cheer by having a singalong to “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Let It Snow!,” “Up On the Housetop,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and “Silent Night, Holy Night.”
Lori Pitt, the choir director, started teaching choir at PVHS in August 2016. She previously taught thirteen years in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas. Pitt has a bachelor in music education and an endorsement in elementary education from Southern Utah University (SUU) and a master’s in leadership from Nova Southeastern University. One of her goals as the music director is to get more of the kids involved in the program. She would also like to add musical theater to the schedule.
Pitt expressed, “The people in this valley are very talented, and their kids are amazing to work with.”
She recounted, “Music has been in our family for generations. I don’t remember a day when I wasn’t singing or playing the piano. It’s like breathing to me.”
Pitt continued, “I am so proud of my choir and guitar students. The performance was just amazing. I can’t wait to see what the future brings as we work together to make music.”
Pitt invites the community to come to their Spring Fling Concert on April 11.