The Kamloops-Thompson Board of Education Celebrates the Holiday Season with the Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir

Posted On Tuesday December 13, 2022

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” - Plato 

Music teaches people valuable life skills. It requires commitment. It teaches cooperation, teamwork, and patience. Music teaches body awareness and eye-hand coordination through clapping, dancing, and playing an instrument. 

For over 40 years, students from grades three to seven have come together to sing and participate in the Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir. First created by Marion Owens, the children in the choirs are auditioned from schools around the district and all share a love of singing. Participating in the choir supports learning opportunities in music, and it allows the students to engage in material that centers around becoming inclusive and caring individuals in society.  

On the evening of December 12th, 40 students who are members of the Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir performed for the School District Board of Trustees, leadership team, family, and friends. The performance consisted of four songs “Candles”, “Here Comes Christmas” and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”. These songs were a part of the choir’s winter concert, “CAKE”- The Christmas Acts of Kindness Experiment. This year’s Musical “CAKE” is about performing acts of kindness in the community. The students were inspired by the acts of kindness in the play and performed their own acts of kindness in our community. The choir is directed by Jennica Alpaugh, managed by Cyndy Olsen, accompanied by Lori Jane Froese and Kerry Tarwnosky.

“We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with the Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir every year, and this year was special because we were not able to see them in person during the pandemic,” stated Board Chair Heather Grieve.

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