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Perham students performed to a full house last Monday night at the high school auditorium. Marie Nitke/FOCUS

School choir concerts draw crowds of 1,000

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School choir concerts draw crowds of 1,000
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Choir students from Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, Prairie Wind Middle School and Perham High School came together in song this past Sunday and Monday evenings, performing two Christmas concerts for parents, friends and the community.


After the first show packed the Perham Center for the Arts, organizers decided to hold the second show at the high school auditorium, which seats more people. It was a good thing they did: it was a full house there on Monday.

Looking out at the crowd that night, Kevin Kosiak, choir director for the high school and middle school, said attendance likely hit 1,000 between the two shows.

“I can’t remember a time when we’ve sold out like this before,” he said.

The choirs sang a blend of traditional and popular Christmas songs, such as “Carol of the Bells,” “O Come Emmanuel” and “Sparklejollytwinklejingley,” from the musical “Elf.”

The choirs sang separately for most of the show, then came together at the end to sing “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night” with the audience.

In all, about 200 kids performed.

Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
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