Park City choir is composed of Treble Makers
What: Park City Treble Makers holiday season When: Dec. 2 through Dec. 15 Where: Various venues Web: facebook.com/parkcitytreblemakers
The holiday season is a busy time for the Park City Treble Makers.
This year is no different for the 16-voiced women’s a cappella choir. The group is scheduled to perform during two Park City Community Church services on Dec. 2. It will perform later that week at Elk Meadows Assisted Living in Oakley, and sing a salon concert in a private Park City home on Dec. 9.
Three days later, the Park City Treble Makers will perform t 11:30 a.m. during Newcomers of Greater Park City’s Coffee on Dec. 12, and at the Park City Library’s Community Room later that night at 7 p.m.
The final holiday concert for the chorus will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Egyptian Theatre for the Park City Holiday Spectacular.
“We, in a sense, sing for our supper at the Community Church, since we use their facilities in the spring,” said director Colleen Earnshaw. “When we perform at Elk Meadows, we donate our time.”
The salon concert tickets are $20, and tickets for the community concert at Park City Library is are $10. Tickets can be purchased by emailing Joan Townsend at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for the community concert are also available at Smith’s at Kimball Junction or from a Park City Treble Makers member.
Tickets for the Park City Holiday Spectacular range from $15 to $25 and can be purchased by visiting parkcityshows.com.
Each performance will be different, according to Earnshaw.
“We have a repertoire of 16 songs this year, but we don’t perform all 16 at every place we visit,” she said. “For example, when we sing at Park City Community Church, the program will be more spiritual.”
The community concert will feature some spiritual songs, but also some familiar and new songs.
“Last spring we started singing a song called ‘Bring Me Little Water Sylvie,’ which featured body percussion,” Earnshaw said. “This winter we are singing ‘Alleluia Alleluia,’ an African song that will feature (instrumental percussion).”
The song requires drums, tambourines and a guiro, a notched instrument that is played by rubbing a stick along the notches.
“It’s a song we really enjoy performing,” Earnshaw said.
In addition, the choir will perform songs that range from “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” to “All on a Silent Night,” which is an arrangement of “Silent Night.”
Second alto Kristin Huffmon, who is in her first year in the group, is excited to perform the songs.
“Colleen has picked out an amazing selection of goosebump- and tear-inducing works,” she said. “As a newbie, the most effective way for me to do get these songs down is to get together with the ladies and start singing.”
One of the “goosebump” works is “Up On the Housetop,” said second soprano and Park City Treble Makers veteran Renee Mox Hall.
“I know some people are familiar with the group Pentatonix,” Hall said. “A couple of our pieces have been arranged by them, and ‘Up On the Housetop’ is one of them.”
The better-memorized the songs are, the better the singers can tune in to each other, Earnshaw said.
“When we do that, we can create great emotions,” she said.
Both Hall and Huffmon enjoy working with Earnshaw.
“She’s on top of the music for one thing, especially those difficult arrangements,” Hall said.
The accolades are welcomed by Earnshaw who took over directing the Park City Treble Makers last spring when founder Shelle Jennings retired.
“The spring season was tough because I was stepping into some big shoes left by Shelle,” Earnshaw said. “I was facing a little of the unknown, and didn’t know whether or not things would work out.”
After a successful spring, Earnshaw is starting to feel more comfortable in her role.
“That boosted my confidence level, and I feel we’re right where we need to be going right now,” she said.
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