In December 2020, the Fountain Valley High School Vocal Music Program presented its first showcase of the year “FVHS Choir Virtual Holiday Concert”, conducted by Kevin Tison and assisted by Ashley Miner, Daniel Querry, Jordan Reynolds and Tara Pitt.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tison said the choir had to adapt to many restrictions such as wearing masks and limiting gatherings to ensure that “we are all very safe and protected ”.
As the choir is a performing arts based program, preparations have been different this year. But despite the struggles with the technology and making sure everyone was prepared via a computer screen, the FVHS vocal music program did exactly what it set out to do.
“I want to do is create a virtual holiday concert that sort of feels like our typical live holiday concerts [like]… 2020 is a very strange and unprecedented year and I think everyone is a bit duller over the holidays, and just wants to commit to doing whatever we can to do something for our community, our students, our families and the world to brighten up their vacations a bit, ”Tison said.
This year’s holiday show featured a variety of ensembles ranging from the Concert Choir to Troubadours and Belles Voix.
The show opened with a delicious acapella featuring soloist Frankie Simurda and Le Petit Neufs singing “Here We Come A-Caroling”. After the performance, the audience heard wonderful Christmas classics, including “Let it Snow” sung by Andrew Pham with his ukulele, a beautiful version of “Silent Night” sung by Lara Pinedijan and Trevor Damitz, and “Santa Claus is Coming. to Town ”sung by the elders of the FVHS choir.
In addition to this year’s segments, the holiday concert took a trip down memory lane and added snippets of some of their best moments from previous holiday shows. The Troubadours performed “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” in 2019 and “Somewhere in My Memory” at Segerstrom Hall in 2018.
Tison and the Barontones also put on a COVID-19-themed performance of “The Twelve Months of Quarantine,” a playful rendition of the classic English song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
Through the charming assortment of songs that epitomized the holiday spirit, FVHS Vocal Music’s holiday concert serves as a reminder that the show must go on, even with the ongoing pandemic.
Watch the FVHS vocal music program Holiday Concert on YouTube.