Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir Performs for the Board of Education

Posted On Friday December 15, 2023

The Board of Education is invested in supporting the Fine Arts because we know how music, drama, art, and digital arts inspire many students into careers based on these passions. On Monday, December 11, 2023, at the Regular Public Board meeting, it was a joy to welcome 65 grades 3-7 students from across the District who are members of the Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir.

The evening was facilitated by Music Coordinator, Alanna Mounsey. The choir developed under the exceptional leadership of the Choir Director, Jennica Alpaugh, Accompanist, Lori Jane Froese, and Choir Manager, Taqueesha Lightfoot. The Board enjoyed the culmination of this choir’s work throughout the winter season.

“These students and teachers have worked tirelessly to create a magical and heartwarming performance. The guidance of the choir leaders has brought out the considerable talent of these students and we are so fortunate to have them share it with us tonight.”, said Alanna Mounsey, Music Coordinator.

The first performance was a song called X’pentes. A talented former choir member, Madeline McMillian, composed it as a poem and, with former accompanist Kevin Mulligan's help, turned it into a song. This song celebrates the joy of singing together in this special place. It truly embraces the joy and peace that comes with this season.  The final song, “The Polar Express” was a holiday medley. This grouping of songs included “Believe”; “Hot Chocolate”; “The Polar Express” and “Spirit of the Season.”  While the choir continued to sing, one member danced and served hot chocolate and cookies to the audience.

“It is inspiring to see how these students, some as young as eight years old, are brave enough to perform for large audiences. We as a board are incredibly privileged when we get to see our students take the spotlight and share their passions with us,” shared Board Chair Heather Grieve.

“I am impressed by the months of practicing and preparing that students and their families had committed to in order to perform at such a high level,” said Dr. Rhonda Nixon, Superintendent of Schools.

We are grateful for the parents and staff who continue to support The Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir that has been a part of the school district for forty-five years.

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