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December 5th, 2009
Youth chorus to sing 'A Central Texas Christmas'

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The San Marcos High School Performing Arts Center will resound with holiday music on Sunday, when it plays host to “A Central Texas Christmas.” The concert features a variety of choruses, musicians and choirs from throughout the area, including the San Marcos High School Choir, the Bell Choir of First Protestant Church of New Braunfels,  the Choral Department from the School of Music at Texas State and the Round Rock Symphony. The Hill Country Youth Choir will make a special appearance.

The event is somewhat like one big beautiful musical present to the area. If the artists of the concert are the present, then surely the addition of the Hill Country Youth Chorus is like the big shiny bow on top.

The Hill Country Youth Chorus will sing holiday songs in the lobby before the concert and will also join the Texas State Women’s Choir in that 16th century classic, “Ding Dong Merrily on High.”

The beauty of children’s voices is put to good use in the Hill Country Youth Chorus,  a professional children’s chorus founded in 2005 and featuring local children ages 7-16. The youths in the chorus are from San Marcos and surrounding communities in Hays County.

Lynn Brinckmeyer is the artistic director of the chorus .

“The innocent, beautiful sound of children singing will usher in the holiday spirit,” said Brinckmeyer. “The Hill Country Youth Chorus is made up of 40 talented local youth from Hays and surrounding counties.”

Texas State’s School of Music hosts the chorus.

In addition to her work with the chorus, Brinckmeyer teaches courses in choral music education at Texas State, where she also directs the Texas State Women’s Choir. Brinckmeyer is joined in her tasks by executive assistant director Abby Brown, artistic assistant director Corrie Box and pianist Sally Strange.

The Arts Resource Team, chaired by Bob Whalen,  founded the Hill Country Youth Chorus as a way to develop and support youth by providing quality choral opportunities to nurture their talents.

“The Hill Country Youth Chorus provides youth with a choral music experience where successive levels of high artistic achievement and performance are fostered in participants,” said Brinckmeyer. She said that the chorus is also intended to supplement and enhance the music training students receive in school.

Tickets for “A Central Texas Christmas” are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

If you would like to make a direct donation in support of the Hill Country Youth Chorus, you can email Brinckmeyer at Lbrinckmeyer@txstateedu. If you want  to schedule a performance of the Chorus for an event, contact hcyouthchorus@yahoo.com.

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