Cy Ridge HS choir joins Houston Choral Society for holiday concert

November 29, 2016

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The Cypress Ridge choir will perform in a Christmas matinee concert on Dec. 4 at The Foundry United Methodist Church.

Nov. 29, 2016 –The Cypress Ridge High School choir will join The Houston Choral Society (HCS) to present an afternoon of festive entertainment with a special Christmas matinee concert, Joy to the World, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 at The Foundry United Methodist Church.

“HCS is delighted to be joined for a part of the concert by talented choral students from the Cypress Ridge High School Choir, under the direction of BJ Douglas,” said new HCS artistic director Dr. Kevin M. Klotz. “Over the years, HCS has combined with both high school and college choirs, keeping the joys of choral music alive within the community.”

According to Douglas, the Cy Ridge Varsity choir is excited and grateful for the opportunity to perform with the Houston Choral Society, a nonprofit professional-quality civic chorus serving the greater Houston area.

“This experience will definitely enhance [our students’] love and appreciation for choral music, as well as provide a lifetime of memories, as they experience music performance on a professional level,” Douglas said.

“This is a young group of singers who work hard, and we have chosen literature that is both fun and challenging for their growth and love of choral music. In keeping with the holiday atmosphere, we chose selections which had significant musical substance as well as keeping a ‘light and lively’ feel.”

The 46-member choir will perform Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Hosanna in Excelsis and Good King Kong Looked Out. CFISD Board secretary Bob Covey will direct Carol of the Bells as a special guest conductor.

“I am honored and humbled to be asked to direct the Cy Ridge Varsity Choir in Carol of the Bells this coming Sunday,” Covey said. “Each of our high schools has exemplary choral programs, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Cy Ridge choir members—whose sound is beautifully satisfying and enjoyable. The students are well trained, but even more than that, they are really good students, and fun to work with. It is obvious that there is a strong connection between the students and their directors, BJ Douglas and Ryan Jones.”

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CFISD Board Secretary Bob Covey will direct Carol of the Bells as a special guest conductor.

The 75-member HCS ensemble will perform new and unique arrangements of traditional carols, such as Jingle Bells and O Holy Night, as well as the popular contemporary anthem, Breath of Heaven.

Among those singing in the HCS ensemble, the following have roots in CFISD:

  • Andrea Michaca—2005 Cy Ridge HS grad and choir student under Douglas; 
  • Sarah Price—secondary English technology coach at ISC;
  • Wade Price—father and husband of CFISD employees;
  • Cheryl Price—teacher at Emmott ES and daughter of Sarah and Wade;
  • Danielle Solis—elementary ELA/reading coach;
  • Lucinda Orr—the district’s grant writer;
  • Mari Petteway—math teacher at Cook MS;
  • Marguerite Lapetina—retired music teacher from Danish ES;
  • Ramona Smith—retired paraprofessional from Copeland ES; and
  • Suzanne Garza—substitute teacher.


Both choirs will join together to sing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and John Rutter’s festive arrangement of Joy to the World. The program will also include audience caroling and for the first time, HCS has arranged to provide sign language interpreters for this performance.

In addition to the concert, attendees will be treated to holiday decorations, desserts and the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

For ticket information, go to Tickets may also be purchased at the door at The Foundry, which is located at 8350 Jones Road.

The Houston Choral Society (HCS) was founded in 1987 by Dr. Betty Devine. The HCS mission is to bring great choral music to enrich the soul and advance the choral arts to Houston audiences. 

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