2018 Christmas Benefit Show

The 2018 Christmas Show was performed on Tuesday December 18, at the St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church Family Center in Pinetop, Arizona.

Participating were dancers from The Dance Academy, the Show Low High School Show-Biz, the Blue Ridge Junior High School Choir and the Blue Ridge High School Harmonies. Admission is by donation only, and the Chorus divides the “gate” with the participating choirs, usually adding to it to come up with a “rounded up” amount.

The Press Release describing this event follows:

The High Country Barbershop Chorus presented $800 to each of the three school choirs that appeared on its “Christmas In the Pines” 7thannual concert held on December 18th at the Saint Mary of Angels Catholic Church St. Joseph‘s Family Center. During the past several years, High Country Barbershop Chorus Christmas Concerts  have raised more than $12,000.00 which were donated to the local school choirs and participating dance academy. The attendance this year, 2018, was nearly Standing Room Only (SRO) and the performances were well accepted. One attendee shared that “The ambience of this presentation in a small town church filled with all the Christmas décor and students and parents, family members, to me resembled one of those Hallmark Holiday Classic TV shows! With the Church Christmas décor and an exuberant priest who welcomed one and all, it was epic American Christmas.” 

The participating choirs were the Show Low High School Show Biz Choir, under the direction of Cynthia Whipple, the Blue Ridge Junior High Choir, under the direction of Brian Blomstrand, and the Blue Ridge High School Harmonies, under the direction of Dr. Theresa Dick, who is also the Director of the High Country Barbershop Chorus.

The church administration invited the chorus to return next Christmas and the invitation was graciously accepted at the High Country Chorus January Board meeting.

The High Country Barbershop Chorus performs at the 2018 Christmas in the Pines Benefit Concert
Combined School Choirs and High Country Chorus Singers in the Finale

The above photos: courtesy of Kathy Montez.

Chorus President Duane Krause Presents the Checks to the Choir Directors

Check presentation to Cynthia Whipple, Director of the Show Low High School Show Biz Choir

Check presentation to Brian Bloomstrand, Director of the Blue Ridge Junior High Choir

Check presentation to Dr. Theresa Dick, Director of he Blue Ridge High School Harmonies, and also the Director of the High Country Barbershop Chorus

Presentation photos: James H. Burden