By Linda Parker
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir will be presenting traditional holiday choral music at its concert on Thursday, Dec. 6.
The concert, titled “Christmas in Pagosa,” will be held at 7 p.m. at the Community Methodist Church and will feature a well-known Pagosa musician. Perry Schjolin will sing some Christmas favorites before performing a song with the Girls Choir. Additionally, the audience will be invited to participate in the concert with the annual sing-along.
“Providing different kinds of opportunities for the girls to work directly with professional musicians like Perry gives them a greater awareness of the possibilities that exist in careers that involve the arts,” Linda Parker, director of the Girls Choir, said. “We never know when a spark will be created with a specific piece of music or something that is said during a rehearsal that can lead a person to a life of enjoyment in the arts. That is why we are so excited about having Perry, a local, well-known soloist, join us for our Christmas concert this year.”
Schjolin graduated from the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, then stayed on to work as a composer, arranger and studio session singer. He sang background with such notables as Sarah Brightman, Barry Manilow and Trace Adkins.
In addition, during his time in Los Angeles, Schjolin performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Singers, Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and with small vocal ensembles including Pacific Swingline, The Yuletide Singers and The Singers Elite.
A resident of Pagosa Springs since 2007, Schjolin is familiar to many as worship leader at Crossroad Christian Fellowship and as a member of the Pagosa Springs Community Choir.
So, dig out your favorite Christmas sweater, your Santa hat, get your jingle bells jingling and make plans to attend this wonderful concert of holiday music. Come spend an evening listening to the angelic voices of the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir and allow us the privilege of sharing this beautiful season with you.
Admission to the concert is free, but your donations will be gratefully accepted. You can also do a little Christmas shopping at the concert, as Rocky Mountain Chocolate candy bars will be available to purchase. We hope to see you there.
By Linda Parker