Sounds of the Season Raceland High School Choir is What Christmas Dreams are Made of

Jarrod E. Stephens

The Ashland Beacon


   When you ponder Christmas festivities you likely think about lights, gatherings and of course seasonal music. Whether the songs simply emanate from the speakers of your car or you are fortunate enough to hear a choir, the sounds of the season seem to be and essential for true holiday fun. The Raceland-Worthington High School Choir is putting their stamp on another fine series of Christmas events and showcasing their amazing talents. 

   Work on the Christmas programs essentially began as soon as the Veterans Day programs concluded. To conduct a concert that lasts well over an hour and is to be performed on four dates requires an amazing number of hours of preparation. Mr. Tom Stephens conducts the choir with the enthusiasm that is necessary to render perfect pitch and timing. The concerts are always a treat. 

   On Sunday the choir held the first of four performances called Christmas Dreams, all of which are to be held in cultural arts center at the high school. Their annual concerts are a treat for the student body of the entire Raceland-Worthington district in the John P. Stephens Cultural Arts Center. The selections immerse the audience into the “true” meaning of Christmas and is always a great recruiting tool for the youth who attend. Nestled amid the programs were also some selections from the ever popular Polar Express. They have two performances Wednesday, December 18 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. as well as one performance on Thursday at 1 p.m. 

   This year the Raceland-Worthington High School Choir also performed at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts along with the Portsmouth Wind Symphony for a special night of Christmas fun in a program called Sounds of the North Pole. The Portsmouth Wind Symphony is currently in its 27th season of performing and consists of fifty local musicians who share their talents. While the Raceland choir is no stranger to crowd pleasing events, this concert proved to be one that the students won’t soon forget. 

   “The Wind Symphony actually extended the invitation to us,” Choir Director Tom Stephens stated. “We performed with them two years ago and it’s such a great experience for the kids to perform with a live orchestra. It’s a lot different than using recordings.” 

   The choir sang the traditional favorites such as Frosty the Snowman, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Jingle Bell Rock, Silver Bells, Rudolf, Polar Express, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. 

   In Luke chapter 2 you find that the angels sang as they welcomed our newborn Savior. The power of song during this Christmas season was certainly put on display as the Raceland-Worthington High School Choir echoed the glad tidings that were first declared more than 2,000 years ago.