Living Christmas tree sings in Thomaston

By Bane Okholm | Dec 04, 2012
Photo by: Bane Okholm The Living Christmas Tree Choir lights up Thomaston Baptist Church Dec. 3.

Thomaston — The Thomaston Baptist Church played host to the sixteenth annual round of Living Christmas Tree performances Dec. 1-3.

The theme of the 2012 performance was "A Celebration of Carols," a cantata by Joseph M. Martin that was orchestrated by Brant Adams. Songs included Christmas favorites "O Come, All Ye Faithful," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," and "Angels We Have Heard on High," as well as pieces such as "My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord," and "Let Christmas Begin."

The performance was directed by area choir teacher Rebecca Leonard, and accompanied by pianist Elaine Ernst and keyboardist Tracie Payor. Narrator Bob Manning read selections from Christian scripture.

The choir sound manager was Frank Willis.

Sopranos were Jean Boyce, Sharon Chadwick, Shelby Chadwick, Pam Coombs, Stevi Flaherty, Kim Hammond, Joan Kincaid, Florence Mathieson, Phyllis McNealy, Sue Thurston, and Tena Wallace.

Altos included Heather Allen, Jenn Burns, Naomi Crocitto, Christine Dunkle, Jean Faustini, Cheryl Harding, Ruth Holden, Celia Jones, Priscilla Judkins, Donna Manning, Maxine Philbrook, Meg Sawyer, and Marcia Steenstra.

Tenors included Tim Couch, Walden Chandler, Jacqueline Harjula, Bill Leonard, Ken Mahar, and Wayne Sawyer.

Basses were Horace Benner, John Coombs, David Holden, Stephen Maxwell, Larry Schooley, and William Waldron.

Greeters for the three performances were Tony and Maria D'Amato, Sandra Atwood, Betsy Giustra, Art and Janice Ifemey, Mark Kunz, Lou Ann Rivera, Pat and Don Ross, and Rita Stump.

Acknowledgments in the event program included Pastor Wayne Sawyer, the Thomaston Baptist Church deacons, Roberta Carmichael, Jean Faustini, the decorating committee, the tree assembly crew, the music committee, and Becky and Bill Leonard.

Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at bokholm@courierpublicationsllc.com.

(Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Pianist Elaine Ernst, front, and keyboardist Tracie Payor set a festive tone during the Living Christmas Tree performance at the Thomaston Baptist Church Dec. 3. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A Christmas tree lights up a corner of the Thomaston Baptist Church Dec. 3. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Director Rebecca Leonard leads the Living Christmas Tree Choir during their final performance at the Thomaston Baptist Church Dec. 3. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Sound manager Frank Willis follows along with the Living Christmas Tree Choir at the Thomaston Baptist Church Dec. 3. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
The Living Christmas Tree Choir regales a packed house at the Thomaston Baptist Church Dec. 3. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Narrator Bob Manning reads passages from the Bible during the Living Christmas Tree performance at the Thomaston Baptist Church Dec. 3. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
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