Christmas is a perfect season to showcase beautiful choral arrangements. The Upper Valley Women’s Choir, a local non-audition choir, is holding a free Christmas concert in the Rexburg Tabernacle Civic Center this evening at 7:30. According to lead choir director Heidi Pyper, the choir is especially excited to perform this season as they reconvene in a spirit of music after a  COVID-19 recess. 

The Christmas concert is themed “All I Want for Christmas is Music” and will include songs like “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Up on the Housetop.” The choir will even be joined by the Yellowstone Brass Quintet and solo organist Leslie Bowen. Audience members can expect to hear new arrangements of traditional Christmas songs and to participate in a sing along with the choir. 

From its founding by voice instructor Florence Bowman in 1978, the Upper Valley Women’s Choir has upheld three core principles—the choir is open to any treble voice that loves to sing, participants will buy and keep their own music and the choir will be committed to providing choral music for the community. Pyper seeks to maintain this vision for the choir and attributes its long-lasting legacy to these traditions made and kept. 

Any treble singer who’s interested in joining the Upper Valley Women’s Choir can start attending rehearsal at the beginning of each new BYU-Idaho semester. The choir meets for rehearsal every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Rexburg Tabernacle. For more information about the choir’s history and how to join, visit their blog page or call Director Pyper at (208) 356-4357.