Christmas Concert kicks off Holiday Season

With Christmas fast approaching, the Borderline Singers and the Northern Lights Brass Choir are holding their annual community Christmas concert and carol sing on December 9th.

Frank Turner

It’s the fourth year the two choirs have teamed up, making the concert a Hettinger tradition. The concert is free will donation and all proceeds will go to the local Ministerial Association.

“Although we are taking donations, this concert is mostly for the community,” said Wade Howard, the Borderline Singers’ director. “It’s a good way to kick off into the Christmas spirit.”

According to Howard, the choir will sing traditional Christians songs and some crowd favorites like Dreaming of a White Christmas. The Northern Lights Brass Choir is also expected to accompany the singers and play traditional brass ensemble music.

“We are unique for a small town in that our brass choir a strong sound for such a small area,” said Chris Shauer, the Northern Lights Brass Choir leader. “We have a sound you can’t find anywhere else.”   

The Borderline Singers consists of 12 singers, and the Northern Lights Brass Choir has 7 players, all from the surrounding area.

This is the first year that Howard will be directing the Borderline Singers. The previous director, Norm Smith, had been directing the group for about 20 years but has since stepped down and now just sings in the choir.

“With the vacancy open, I was asked to direct in his place. I don’t really have much prior directing experience, but I do have a music background. I feel mostly prepared, and thankfully Norm has been giving me pointers over the last year,” said Howard.

The concert will be held at the Lutheran Church at 3:00 p.m. A candlelight coffee and cookies gathering will take place in the church after the concert. With snow on the ground, Christmas music playing on Main Street, and good cheer all around, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.