The 57th annual Christmas Community Chorus Concert was held on Sunday at the Elkin First United Methodist Church with special honor given to a long-time participant, Phyllis Qualheim.
According to David McCollum, who with Tonya Smith directed the chorus, the concert was, “dedicated to Phyllis for a very good reason.”
“Phyllis was here for the very first one,” said McCollum, “and the very second one, and all until the last couple of years.
“We’ve heard about people being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said, “well she was in the right place at the right time. We are in awe of your dedication and your commitment to the group so today is for the glory of God and in your honor.”
Glorify they did as the 73-member choir representing 35 churches from throughout the Yadkin Valley joined in grateful chorus with the assistance of accompanists Amy Johnson and Amy Tayloe.
This year’s traditional tunes included such pieces as “Joy To The World,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and a special arrangement of “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” arranged by McCollum. The congregation joined in on “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “What Child Is This” with an overwhelming response to Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” as usual.
The community chorus holds its dual performances the first weekend of each December with practices taking place on Thursdays for several weeks previous beginning in late October.
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