North Forsyth Choir Puts on Their 2019 Holiday Concert


The choir prepares to sing from their places in Cumming First United Methodist Church. The church was packed with people ready to hear them perform. Picture by Mikayla Matthews

The North Forsyth High School chorus performed at  First United Methodist Church on Dec. 9. It was their holiday concert that they have  been preparing for since their last performance in October, working hard to perfect their sound, dynamics, and structure. The concert started at 7 p.m., though the performers arrived early to prepare for the swarms of parents, teachers, and fellow North students who arrived to hear them sing for support.

The selection was compiled of many songs, split between the different levels of the choir, each matching the group and bringing a different feel and different groups of voices into the mix. The three groups came together to sing “Carol of the Bells,” which was the opening song, and “Auld Lang Syne,” which ended the concert. Each student devoted their time and effort in memorizing and performing each song correctly , which contributed to a well prepared for concert. Director, Gene Seese invited alumni to join the choir in the final song. 

Mr. Seese also displayed his sense of humor during the concert by wearing a “Green Eggs and Ham” hat while conducting combined pieces “Childhood Christmas Favorites” with the Chamber and Cantamus choirs.

Mr. Seese had a little fun with the Chamber and Cantamus choirs. His “Green Eggs and Ham” hat went well with the song “Childhood Christmas Favorites”. Photo by: Mikayla Matthews.

There was a guest soloist, Mr. Cory Speakman, the chorus director at Little Mill Middle School, for the song “Mary Did You Know” with the Chamber singers.

“I really enjoyed the Chamber and Cantamus piece because they actually looked like they were having fun,” said Mikayla Matthews, a freshman in the Bella Voce choir. “Really the whole chorus was more into this performance and showed more emotion.”

The winter holiday concert was a milestone for the choir, as it was the final performance of 2019. When students  return from the break, the singers must prepare for more to come, including their Large Group Performance Evaluation coming up.