QVAA community choir returns with performance scheduled for Dec. 5

Kylie Youngren directs the Quincy Valley Allied Arts Community Choir during a rehearsal of “Let It Snow,” one of the many holiday standards the choir will sing during a Dec. 5 performance.  

The Quincy Valley Allied Arts (QVAA) Community Choir will hold its annual Christmas show this upcoming Dec. 5 at the Quincy High School Performing Arts Center.

Showtime is 6 p.m. This is the first Christmas show in person since the start of the pandemic, and rehearsals for it started in October.

“It’s been a lot of fun to get to sing together again in person,” said the show’s co-director Kylie Youngren. “We have some new faces in the group. So it’s been fun to see the people we haven’t gotten to sing with in a while but also new folks joining us, too.”

Last year, QVAA put out a digital version of the show, recording small separate groups singing and then putting the recording together to make a virtual presentation.

“It was still very awesome that a small group local arts organization was able to put out something like that, that was impressive,” Youngren said. “But there’s really no replacement for community music-making.”

This concert will take place in person, but it will not be streamed online. The concert is free, but it will also serve as a fundraiser of sorts for the local food bank. Those wanting to attend can bring an item of non-perishable food for the food bank.

Youngren and her husband Riley will co-direct the show, which will include traditional carols, holiday standards and some songs in Spanish as well as in Spanish and English. Smaller barbershop-style groups will also be featured in the concert.

“There’ll be a little bit of everything,” she said, including a carol singalong at the end, which includes the audience. The show is expected to last about an hour.

So far, with the date of the show looming closer, the vibe at rehearsals has remained positive, although with a growing nervousness. The quick turnaround from October to showtime in early December has allowed for only seven rehearsals as opposed the usual nine. Still, the veteran presence of experienced performers within the choir has allowed things to progress well, Youngren said.

“Getting to see each other, getting to hear each other has been a great experience,” she said.

After the concert, QVAA will turn its attention to its wintertime show, “Sister Act,” which will open in February and for which rehearsals have already begun. Brian Higgins is directing the show, with Riley Youngren serving as musical director.

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