Angelina College Chorale Presenting ‘Holiday, Hope and Honor’ Holiday Concert to Honor USO, Veterans


The Angelina College Chorale, along with assistance from community talent will on Thursday, Dec5. help bring in the holiday season with a USO-style concert honoring veterans.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Theater on the Angelina College campus.

The performance, hearkening to the days of the USO performances for troops stationed overseas, will also include a tribute to veterans.

Director Beckie Compton’s ensemble includes current and former Angelina College students, along with several members of the community. Guest performers include the East Texas Praise Symphony, gospel group Maranatha and others.

Scheduled numbers include the following:
“Joy to the World Overture” (East Texas Praise Symphony, arr. by M. Lawrence); “Christmas Kum Ba Ya” (AC Chorale, arr. by J. Althouse); “Do You Hear What I Hear?” (AC Chorale and East Texas Praise Symphony, arr. by R. Sterling); “Sleigh Ride” (Karen McBee, primo and Anna Harbuck, secondo, arr. by M. Edwards); “Holiday Romance” (Billy and Dana Forrest, Micah and Sarah Shaffer, Irv and Jan Blackmon, Michael and Kelly Chissus, Bryan and Beckie Compton, arr. by J. Althouse); “Deck the Halls” (East Texas Praise Symphony, trumpet trio Scott Williams, Steven Brown and Stacy Perkins, arr. by J. Anderson); “Christmas Medley” (Belinda Ross, accordion, arr. by B. Ross); “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (Haley Holcombe and Joshua Robinson, arr. by F. Loesser); “A Merry Carol of the Bells” (AC Chorale, arr. by J. Rouse); “Here’s to the Military” (East Texas Praise Symphony, arr. by R. Mauldin and A. Watts); “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (S. Shaffer, K. Chissus, Keren Debose, Bethany Perez); “Salute to Our Fallen Heroes” (AC Chorale and East Texas Praise Symphony; speakers Christina Johnson, Jad O’Connor, Jazai Lee, Omar Al-Mahmeed, Tiara Powell , arr. by J. Rouse and C. Kirkland); “God Bless America” (AC Chorale and East Texas Praise Symphony, arr. by K. Christopher); “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (Maranatha); “O Holy Night” (AC Chorale and East Texas Praise Symphony, soprano Carli Bynum, arr. by A. Adam); “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” (AC Chorale, arr. by R. E. Schram); “Go Tell it on the Mountain” (AC Chorale and East Texas Praise Symphony, arr. by D. Goeller); “Jesus, What a Wonderful Child” (AC Chorale and East Texas Praise Symphony, soprano Keren Debose, arr. by M. Hayes); and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (AC Chorale and East Texas Praise Symphony, alto Reshonda Keys, arr. by M. Hayes).

The program will also include a presentation to veterans by AC instructor Sabrina Collins.

The AC Chorale members include sopranos Sarah Barton, Carli Bynum, Mattie Fortenberry, Christina Johnson, Jazai Lee, Shelby Perkinson, Kelly Chissus, Jan Blackmon, Keren Debose, Tammy Oliver and Evelyn Walker; altos Sarah Shaffer, LaQuisha Davis, Haley Holcomb, Justice Irvine, Tiara Powell, Reshonda Keys, Sandy Roberts, Alexia Morones-Sekino, Bethany Perez and Dana Forrest; tenors Micah Shaffer, Joe Jones, Billy Forrest, Omar Al-Mahmeed, Matthew Oliver, Colin Wise, Michael Mendoza and Stacy Perkins; bassists Bryan Compton, Herb Blackmon, Jad O’Connor, Joshua Robinson and Ryan Harjo; and accompanists Anna Harbuck and Beckie Compton.
Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for seniors, students and children.

Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

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