This is a hectic time for Indianapolis Children’s Choir, but Fishers High School freshman Amber Best embraces it.
“I love the holidays,” said Best, also a member of a school choir. “It can be really stressful, but it’s really fun. There are some songs that are really fun to do. A lot of the songs are really upbeat.”
ICC advance choirs will be featured in “Angels Sing” at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.
In addition, ICC younger choir members also will be featured in “Celebrate the Season” at 12:30 p.m. Dec.15 and “Sounds of the Season” at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at ICC.
“The theme is around ‘A Christmas Carol.’ The audience looks forward to hearing the story about Scrooge,” ICC Artistic Director Joshua Pedde said. “It’s told with new music added into that story. It will be a unique telling of ‘A Christmas Carol.’”
Pedde, a Carmel resident, said the choir members enjoy it.
“It’s a familiar story, but the way we are looking at things and the music we picked to reflect on the story is really meaningful,” Pedde said. “We are doing some very traditional pieces that everyone will know.”
There are some new pieces Pedde said he hopes the audience will enjoy just as much.
Pedde said there is a different theme every year. In 2017, it was “White Christmas.”
The choir has approximately 175 choir members from Hamilton County.
“Everyone will be part of the holiday concerts,” Pedde said. “Our advance choirs are in three shows. Kids are enjoying the diverse repertoire.”
One song choir members particularly enjoy, Pedde said, is Pentatonix’s version of “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
Creekside Middle School seventh-grader Brianna Myers, a member of ICC Bel Canto choir, joined ICC more than two years ago after the family moved from Napeville, Ill., to Carmel.
“I like the community and how diverse the people I work with are,” Myers said. “I like how everyone is passionate about music.”
Myers said Christmas concerts are among her favorites of the year.
“The churches are pretty and old fashioned, and we have great space to project our voices,” Myers said.
For more, visit icchoir.org.