Spring Sing-Free Concert Showcases High School Choirs

CCHS choir students practice for their upcoming May 24 performance which is open and free to the public. Photo Credit: Wendy Kedzierski

By Wendy Kedzierski
The Clarke County High School Choir under the direction of Dr. Ryan Keebaugh invites the community to a spring concert on Tuesday, May 24, 7 p.m., at the Johnson-Williams Middle School auditorium. A variety of musical styles will be performed.

The CCHS Women’s Choir will open with selections by Z. Randall Stroope, Eric Whitacre, Rene Clausen, Paul Simon and Robert Ray.

The CCHS Chamber Choir will perform works by Moses Hogan, Joyce Eilers, John Lennon, Dan Forrest and U2. Other traditional selections include Shenandoah, Wayfarin’ Stranger and Danny Boy.

The concert is free and open to the public.

A donation box will be available for those who wish to contribute to the Chamber Choir’s planned 2012 trip to New York City. The group earned a prestigious invitation to participate in the 2012 National Festival of the States Concert Series. $20,000 is the estimated cost of the trip which includes four days performing venues including St. Paul’s Chapel by Ground Zero, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, historic South Street Seaport and The United Nations Building.

Donations will be gratefully accepted at the spring concert or can be sent to CCHS c/o Ryan Keebaugh, 240 Westwood Rd., Berryville, VA 22611. Checks should be made payable to CCHS; “Chamber Choir” should be written on the memo line.




  1. Smellin roses says:

    This is great. I do hope they wear something other than jeans and colored t-shirts. The gowns were brand new the year before Dr. Keebaugh came to the high school; they were bought by the CCEF through donations at the Gala and such.

  2. Alecia Schulz says:

    I think the jeans and chucks and t-shirts are great. It’s more fun and comfortable. The choir dresses were junk when they were bought and they are in storage where they deserve to be. Although, if you would like to buy the choir the dresses and tuxes that we handed in a grant proposal for, then be my guest.

    • LStanton says:

      My, aren’t we a mite uppity and ungrateful? I did donate to those choir dresses, and went to several concerts where they were worn. The choir (including you, Ms. Schulz) looked wonderful in them. The jeans, tees, and chucks are, in my humble opinion, too “casual” and “grade school” in appearance…but I reckon that’s what “GLEE” has brought upon us. Ah well…

      • greenhouse supporter says:

        I, for one, really enjoyed the evening and could really care less what they wore. Both groups sounded terrific! Congrats to the Chamber Choir and Dr. Keebaugh for being invited to New York.

    • Naked Truth says:

      Jeans and t-shirts look sloppy for a performance. Save them for your next job interview. See how that goes.

  3. CCHS student says:

    Jeans and T-shirts are sloppy? Then we need tuxes and dresses that are wearable. The ones we have fell apart. We have tried our very best to mend them (over and over and over and over…), but they are in such terrible shape that we honestly can’t even wear them anymore as much as we’d LOVE to. We are VERY grateful for this program, but if you want us to look professional in it, then you need to provide for us suitable concert attire – concert attire has not fallen apart. Thank you! 🙂

  4. Music Mom says:

    The choir would love to have tuxes and dresses for the more formal concerts. However, the attire that was purchased years ago has been altered so many times that it has become an impractical headache requiring constant mending. Unfortunately, requested funding for new concert wear was rejected. That is why they are working to raise money for new attire – as well as their trip to NYC. Please support them in this endeavor. Come see the group perform next Thurs. evening, June 2, for Music on Main Street. When you eat dinner at one of four Berryville restaurants, you’ll see their talent and passion – and a portion of your restaurant bill will be donated to the group. Thank you to the Berryville businesses and arts-minded citizens who are supporting our kids!

  5. greenhouse supporter says:

    I hope you have a great turnout for the June 2nd for Music on Main Street. I am very proud to have such an outstanding choir group come from Clarke County! Congrats to you all and especially the Seniors that will be leaving the group this year.

  6. livein22611 says:

    So the gowns purchased through CCEF donations were junk? And the alternative is jeans and sneakers? That seems a bit harsh. While a tux and formal dress is nice, there has to be something in between. Even a white shirt with black pants is better than jeans. [redacted]
    And BTW-the dress I saw and donated towards at the Gala a few years ago was not junk. The Music on Main Street is good fundraiser and I will support that, but this is the first I’ve heard of it. It would be a good idea for the staff to get the word out there a bit more.

    • greenhouse supporter says:

      Junk was not the appropriate description, well worn would have been better and not given the impression that the choral group was unappreciative. I don’t think it was an intentional insult to the donor just not thought out. I have done my own seamstress work and do know that you can only make so many alterations before a garment is unrepairable. Regardless of what was worn on Thursday night the group did an excellent job and perhaps their fundraising efforts will have them appropriately turned out in NY.