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True meaning of Christmas presented during Community Choir concert

| December 9, 2019

The Roscoe Brass Quintet has performed with the Coshocton Community Choir since 1990. For the concert this year, they performed a Puerto Rican children’s carol and “Silent Night” as well as accompanying many choir selections. Beth Scott | Beacon

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton Community Choir gave another amazing performance at its annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, proving once again that there is a lot of talent in Coshocton County.

The choir performed songs reflecting the true meaning of the season, each one better than the last. Some highlights of the concert included, “Angels We Have Heard On High”, performed with the Roscoe Brass Quintet, “Do Not Be Afraid”, a gentle reminder that with Christ, we are never alone, and the audience got chills as all three choirs, the community choir, the Coshocton Singers children’s choir, and the youth chorale came together to perform a unique rendition of “O Holy Night.”

The Coshocton Singers, comprised of students in fourth through eighth grade, performed three songs, “Arise and Shine”, “What Can I Give Him?”, and “Listen, Shepherds, Listen”. The youth chorale performed many songs with the community choir as well as one song as an independent choir, “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow”.

The Roscoe Brass Quintet was also featured during the program with a lively Puerto Rican children’s carol, “Alegria, Alegria, Alegria” and a beautiful rendition of “Silent Night” as well as accompanying the choir on many selections.

The brass quintet has been with the choir since 1990 when Charles R. Snyder, director of the choir, asked them to play for John Rutter’s piece, “Glory”.

“It’s always been a pleasure to add the brass to the beautiful sounds of the choir,” said Don Kason, a member of the brass quintet.

Piano accompanist for the choir for the last 37 years is Dickie Barrick. She plays for each performance as well as every Sunday during rehearsals

“I enjoy the family atmosphere every Sunday night,” she said about her 37 years.

For many people, the choir is the start of the Christmas season.

“I felt like I was watching a performance in Columbus,” said an audience member. This was her first time hearing the choir sing. “I can’t believe we have such talented people in Coshocton.”


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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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