Casey choir makes 'beautiful' holiday music

December 12, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - The Casey County Community Choir, now in its fifth year, will perform this holiday season at Liberty United Methodist Church on Hustonville Street.

"Come to Bethlehem" is the theme of this year's performance, which is under the direction of Sandy Wolford, choir director at First Christian Church on Middleburg Street.

The 40-voice chorus will sing non-traditional music to kick off the Christmas season 4 p.m. Sunday at the Methodist church.

The choir's first performance was at Gate Way Park's community center, but has moved around from church to church each year since.

This is not actually the first community choir in town, said Sandy Wolford, choir director. Mary Lou Lester directed a choir for many years, then Mary Weldy led the choir for a few years after.


"I sang in Mary Lou's (Lester) choir when I was younger," said Wolford.

Amy Rainwater, a young piano player, who is majoring in piano at Eastern Kentucky University, will accompany the choir. She is a member of Mintonville United Methodist Church.

"She's incredible," said Wolford, adding that all the choir members, representing ages from teenagers to mature adults, are excellent singers.

They represent eight or nine churches in the county, and one member, Daroyl Bailey, of Danville, comes back home to sing with the chorus.

Two of the choir members, Billy and Mary Lee Moxley, joined after recently moving to the area. In past years, the local choir used to join Moxley's choir in Somerset to perform in the community.

"Moxley and Mary Lou Lester have inspired me to work with the choir," said Wolford.

The choir practices in September to December until two performances are given. Each year, the choir is sponsored by a different church.

"We're very fortunate to have a large number of men," said Wolford. "They really add to the choir."

Wolford said she is blessed to have folks to fill all the spots in the choir. "We don't have an area where we're hurting." Most of the choir is made up of church choir members plus others who like to sing.

"They like Christmas music," she said. "We don't have any traditional Christmas hymns in the program."

"We sing different pieces of music from solos, duets and also congregational singing," said Wolford. "We want everyone to sing."

Wolford said every year she is overwhelmed with the voices and how beautifully they sing.

"We have a lot of talent."

Wolford also directs a Community Women's Chorus, which sings in different churches and has lots of fun.

"We start practicing in February or March and after a couple of months, we're ready to take the show on the road," she said. That means they sing in the county and surrounding places.

"We'll go just about anywhere; we love to sing."

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