The Mineral Area Activities Association Men’s and Women’s Fall Choral Festival was Nov. 3 at Fredericktown High School.

Each school was asked to bring up to 12 men and 12 women to the event.

“They can bring fewer if they choose,” Fredericktown High School Choir Director Lisa Lewis said. “Each director teaches the choir members their parts beforehand in their own classrooms.”

Schools which participated and their choral directors are Aaron Neff with Arcadia Valley, Matt Boyer with Bismark, Bethanie Ward with Central, Claire Naes with Farmington, Lewis with Fredericktown, Matt Falch with Kingston, Allyn Rizo with North County, Emily Lewis with Potosi, Michelle Jokerst with Ste. Genevieve and Ryan Hassell with West County.

The Women’s choir performed Cantate Hodie! (Sing Today) by Mary Lynn Lightfoot, Weep No More by David. N. Childs and Jambo arranged by Jacob Narverud.

The Men’s choir performed Land of the Silver Birch arranged by Jerry Estes, Loch Lomand arranged by Earlene Rentz and Viva La Compagnie arranged by James Hutson.

The Women’s Choral Clinician was Chelsea Ayers with the accompanist Lisa Lewis and the Men’s Choral Clinician was James Hutson with accompanist Ryan Hassell.

“The music was chosen by the clinicians,” Lewis said. “They got to rehearse with the combined members for about two and a half hours prior to the performance.”

The students took their positions on the risers and sang as if they had practiced for weeks. 

Velma Baldwin came from Farmington to see her grandson Justin McKee of Arcadia Valley High School perform with the group.

Baldwin said she recently came back from Africa and that the girls performance of Jambo really took her back.

"It was a great concert," Baldwin said.

Baldwin said she was out walking at Pickle Springs when her grandson invited her so she came straight over. She also said she thinks if more people knew they would love to see the kids perform.

The activity was funded by the MAAA.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at


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