by LEMONDRIA HOBBS
The Hill Country Youth Chorus will perform its annual seasonal concert, “Holidays in the Hill Country,” at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8 in the recital hall at Texas State University’s Performing Arts Center, 400 Moon Street.
Founded in 2005, the professional chorus features 45 local children ages 7 to 18 years old. The chorus will also perform at the Sights & Sounds of Christmas at 6:05 p.m. Friday on the main stage in San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Parkway.
“The choir exhibits the beauty of children’s voices with youth from San Marcos and the surrounding communities in Hays County. The innocent, beautiful sound of children singing will usher in the holiday spirit,” said Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer, the Texas State University music professor who serves as the chorus’s artistic director.
The holiday concert is free to the public and no advance reservation is required. Seating begins at least 15 minutes before the concert begins and is available on a first-come, first serve basis. Parking is available next door in the Edward Gary Street Garage for $5.
“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,” Brinckmeyer said.
Hosted by the university’s School of Music, the chorus rehearses in the music building on Monday evenings throughout the academic year. Brinckmeyer is assisted by artistic assistant director Katie Hines, pianist Danton Bankay and intern Ilanna Tarrif.
During its nine years, the chorus has won accolades for its work. It has performed a joint concert with the Austin Children’s Choir and Grammy Award-winning duet Tingstad and Rumbel. Its performances of Carol Orff’s Carmina Burana was featured in 2011 summer concert series in New York and is scheduled perform in San Francisco in July 2015.