May 10, 2019
Writer: Jaime Strobel

You can help the Upper Valley Women’s Choir celebrate 40 years on May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rexburg Tabernacle. They will perform their favorite show tunes just for you.

The Upper Valley Women’s Choir has been around for 40 years as of last year. They wanted to have a concert in celebration for this monumental time.

The choir consists of members of all ages, and anyone can join without having to audition.

“That’s one of the rules they started with, is that everyone who wanted to come sing could come,” Heidi Pyper, a director of the Upper Valley Women’s Choir said.

For women at BYU-Idaho who are interested in joining the choir, the directors encourage them to come participate at the beginning of the semesters in January and September. This allows women time to practice the songs before the concerts.

The choir rehearses every Thursday from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

For more information, women can contact any of the three directors, Heidi Pyper, Leola Erikson and Janis Allison or call 208-356-0219. Women can also check out their Facebook page for more information at https://www.facebook.com/uppervalleywomenschoir.

“Women’s choir is partly about the music and partly about the women,” Pyper said. “It’s like an opportunity to just get together and spend fun time together with women of all ages.”

A few times a year, the choir will sing to the residents at nursing homes. They love to brighten their day through music.

The choir has also helped with restoration projects at the tabernacle and have donated money for them.

Pyper has been a part of the choir for almost 20 years and loves the association she has with the members. She said it’s important for our health to be around other women because of the support.

“Whatever you might have to go through, somebody has already done it,” Pyper said.

On Monday, May 13, the choir will perform some of their favorite songs such as, “Putting on the Ritz,” “Here we have Idaho,” “America the Beautiful” and more. They love performing songs that are close to their heart, Pyper said.

The choir invites the community and anyone who has been associated with the Upper Valley Women’s Choir to come and celebrate with them Monday evening.