Honors Choirs bring 'Glad Tidings'

With Christmas right around the corner, more than 240 students will be singing holiday favorites.

The holiday cheer starts at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester. During the program, titled, "Glad Tidings!," all four Honors Choirs of Southeastern Minnesota will take the stage to perform such holiday classics as "What Sweeter Music," "Breath of Heaven," "Carol of the Christmas Bells," and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." At the end of the concert, all four choirs will share the stage and perform "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day."

Longtime choral director Rick Kvam said the honors choirs have done holiday shows since the organization started 22 years ago. The show remains extremely popular.

"Everyone loves choral music around Christmas," Kvam said. "You hear all four choirs, so you get to see the progression of skills from the grade school kids to the high school kids. There are 240 or so singers, and it's great to see their range."

The show will once again be performed at Bethel Lutheran.


"It's a beautiful place to sing," Kvam said. "It has a great amphitheater feel. Everyone can see and hear."

Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota is a nonprofit organization of four youth choirs for grades 3-12.

The music staff includes Kvam, artistic director and director of concert choir; Nick Johnson (chorale), Bill Nelson (treble choir) and Amy Nelson (children's chorus). Glenna Muir and Jan Kvam will be the accompanists.

Tickets for the show are $19 (reserved), $13 (general admission) and $9 (youth). Tickets are available at

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