Carmel High School ‘Holiday Spectacular’ goes virtual


For more than 25 years, Carmel High School’s “Holiday Spectacular” provides holiday cheer with more than 450 singers, 40-plus orchestra members and more than 7,000 people attending the performances.

Kathrine Kouns, CHS director of choirs, said naturally that is not possible this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This year’s show will be an elaborate video production that features all of our choir students in a tribute to our hometown of Carmel,” Kouns said. “They will still sing and dance in costumes with the usual spectacle on stage, but the performances will be masked and recorded. We will then edit the performances together, interjecting video footage from around our wonderful hometown. We are collaborating with the community to feature our (Carmel Clay Schools) school board and administrators, our Carmel mayor, local charities, our firefighters and police officers, our small business owners and many other local VIPs who continue to support the Carmel choir program.”

Senior Griffin Scott said his favorite song to perform is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” for Select Sound, the school’s a cappella choir.

“Though this song was written about World War II, I truly believe the underlying meaning of the song is universal and timeless,’ Scott said. “Although there is something really special about performing in front of a live audience, I am proud of all of the choirs being able to show professionalism and musicianship even if there isn’t a live audience. “

The show will be streamed at 7 p.m. Dec. 18, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 20 the link

“This show is typically our largest fundraiser of the year,” Kouns said. “Due to copyright restrictions, we will not be charging for people to view this year’s show, but we would very much appreciate any financial support that the community can offer. We are hoping that people will donate the amount that they would have spent on tickets to see the show in person.

“The Carmel choirs program has had to cancel many fundraisers and performances these past nine months, so any financial support would be greatly appreciated. We are also looking for additional corporate sponsors to support the program.”

Donations to support the choir program can be made at