FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The 270 students in the Vickery Creek Middle School chorus program delighted the community with their voices on Dec. 16.
The middle school chorus brought their concert to Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Highway.
For the 270 singers, in sixth through eighth grades, the road to the “Wonder Tidings!” performance was packed with long hours practicing and perfecting scales, music theory and sight reading.
Standout performances included “A La Media Noche,” a traditional Puerto Rican carol that involved synchronized clapping, and “Grandma’s Killer Fruitcake,” complete with dancing and solos by Russell Brewer and Caroline Pepple.
“Chorus and band are so important during kids’ formative years,” said Melissa Grizzle, choral director at Vickery Creek Middle School. “It teaches them about teamwork, problem solving, goal setting and increases self-esteem.”
Grizzle, who has taught chorus for eight years — five at Vickery Creek, is also chair of the Georgia Music Educators Association. This year, 15 students passed their auditions to participate in the All-State Chorus in February.
Next year, Bella Voce, made up of girls in eighth grade, is looking forward to their January performance at the Georgia Music Educators Association conference in Savannah, Grizzle said.
Cumming First United Methodist Church will host a spring chorus concert May 19.
On Feb. 6 and 7, Grizzle will direct “Music Man,” through the drama program with a performance at West Forsyth High School.
“All parents should encourage their children to be a part of a performing organization, especially during middle school,” Grizzle said.
David Brown contributed reporting to this article.