The Waynesboro High School Concert Choir is preparing for their annual holiday concert, “Sounds of the Season.” The concert is a tradition for the school and community.
The WHS Concert Choir presents their annual candlelight processional on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. in the high school’s auditorium. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to benefit the WHS choral department.
The concert choir has 52 members ranging from sophomores to seniors. Seniors Patrick Maneval and Lauren Highfield Hersh have been singing basically their whole lives.
“I like the processional in the aisles,” she said. “It’s really pretty. We have candles, the lights are out and we’re in the aisles. People get to be a part of it and not just watch it.”
“I’m impressed at every concert by what Jeff Ryman can get out of us,” he said. “Every concert he gives us challenging music and, come concert time, he pulls out the best in us. It’s just really beautiful music.”
They were both in the show last year as well.
“I really like all of it,” Maneval said of his favorite music selections. “The class really likes ‘Ding-A Ding-A Ding.’ We’ve done it every year. It’s upbeat with a different sound — not your normal Christmas carol. It’s a lot of fun to sing.”
Ryman, choir director, estimated the performance has been going on for 50 years or more. The candlelight processional is a tradition as well as students singing “Carol of the Bells.”
“I love the candlelight processional; it’s very nostalgic. It always gives me a warm feeling,” he said. “We quite literally envelop the audience in the sound. As the audience, it helps people feel very immersed in the songs.”
The choir meets every other day and they’ve been working on selections for the show since November.
“We have some very talented young people working really hard,” Ryman said. “This is a great way to start the week and a half before Christmas to get everyone in the holiday spirit for the upcoming holidays.”