Summit County band, orchestra, choir join forces for Christmas concert |

Summit County band, orchestra, choir join forces for Christmas concert

Beth Steele directs the Summit Concert Band and Summit Choral Society in a rehearsal for their collaborative Christmas concert, which also includes the Summit Community Orchestra.
Erika Krainz / Special to the Daily |

If you go

What: Christmas Concert featuring the Summit Choral Society, Summit Concert Band and Summit Community Orchestra

When: 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9

Where: Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne

Cost: Free; donations welcome

More information: Refreshments will be provided after the show. Visit


Concert program

• “Bells of Joy” (band, choir)

• “Rise, Come and See the King” (choir)

• “WZlobie Lezy” (choir)

• “As Lately We Watched” (choir, with soprano solo by Marty James)

• “Still, Still, Still” (choir)

• “The Christmas Song” (band, with alto saxophone solo by Kevin Beck)

• “The 3-Minute Nutcracker” (band)


• “March of the Toys” (band, orchestra)

• “Go Tell it on the Mountain” (choir)

• “The Little Drummer Boy” (band, choir, orchestra)

• “Irving Berlin’s Christmas” (band, choir, orchestra)

• Pastoral Symphony (orchestra)

• “Hallelujah Chorus” (band, choir, orchestra)

• “A Christmas Festival” (band, choir, orchestra, plus audience sing-along)

The Summit Concert Band will join forces with the Summit Choral Society and the Summit Community Orchestra to perform a joint Christmas concert at the Silverthorne Pavilion on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Admission is free, and homemade Christmas cookies and punch will be served in the lobby following the show.


The program will include Christmas favorites performed individually by each group, as well as some selections that will feature the groups in various combinations, said Jill Schroeder-Dorn, director of the Summit Choral Society. The concert will conclude with an eight-song audience sing-along led by all three ensembles.

“We’re dong ‘Irving Berlin’s Christmas,’ songs like ‘White Christmas’ and ‘I’ve Got Your Love to Keep Me Warm, some more popular-style songs,” Schroeder-Dorn said. “We’re also doing arrangements of carols that people will know, like ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Bells of Joy,’ which is ‘Joy to the World’ and “Carol of the Bells.’ We finish the concert with a group sing-along, a piece called ‘A Christmas Festival,’ with all traditional carols.”

The choir’s solo portion of the program includes a few well-known songs, as well as two lesser-known Austrian carols and two Polish carols, one of which will be sung in its original Polish, which has been a fun challenge for the singers, Schroeder-Dorn said.

Beth Steele, director of both the Summit Concert Band and Summit Community Orchestra, also named “Bells of Joy” and the “Irving Berlin Christmas” tunes as highlights, as well as the band’s performances of “The Christmas Song,” featuring an alto saxophone solo by Kevin Beck, and “The 3-Minute Nutcracker,” which is bits and pieces of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” suite “all crammed into three minutes,” she said.

“Then, of course, the band and chorus are joining forces on many of them; those will all be really big,” Steele said. “I started researching Christmas music in July, and usually by the time I get to here, I’m sick of it, but it’s actually been really fun.”


Steele said after working with the Summit Choral Society last year, she had a pretty good idea of the singers’ capabilities and how she and Schroeder-Dorn could put together a program with a lot of variety that showcased each individual group.

“The chorus is doing all sacred music, and the band is doing all secular,” Steele said. “We wanted it to be a good balance of stuff, which I think it will be. It’s got a little bit of everything, traditional carols in a new setting.”


Schroeder-Dorn said the holiday concert brings an air of excitement to the community and is always well attended, and Steele added that there would be a few surprises, too.

“I always enjoy the sing-along with everyone to end with,” she said. “I like the variety with the band pieces and the orchestra to have a piece on their own and the choir. It’s a little different from our other concerts. Our summer concert is popular music, and our spring concert is always more classical, but this has elements of both, so it really does feel like there’s something for everyone.”

“I think if you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, it definitely will get you in the holiday spirit,” Steele said of the concert. “It has a nice variety of sacred, secular, fun pieces. We’re going to have some special guests, too. I can’t blow the cover, but usually people like the guests.”

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