Without a university choir group since 1998, William Woods University’s campus has been more like silent night around the holiday season. However, this December, the newly revived Jameson Singers is helping fill the air with Christmas carols once again.
The Jameson Singers will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in Dulany Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Directed by WWU adjunct faculty member Marlene Railton, the group will showcase approximately 10 Christmas songs.
“It’s not going to be the traditional Christmas carols,” explains Railton. “It simply will be seasonal Christmas music.”
The group, which has a strong history at the university, is named for former William Woods professor Charlotte Jameson. According to Railton, the Jameson Singers had a solid foundation from the 1960s through the early ’90s. However, somewhere along the line the interest simply declined.
“We offered the program again in 1998, but there was not enough enrollment,” Railton said. “This is the first semester since then that it has been offered.”
In its first semester back, the group consists of 21 students, including four from Fulton: Cassandra Goser, Lindsay Hackman, Joshua Potter and Katherine Small Speer.
Others from Missouri are: Jason Flauaus, St. Peters; Christina Frank, Chesterfield; Amelia Halvorsen, Eldersburg; Sharree La Mere, Columbia; Christy Pinz, St. Peters; Stephanie Robinson, St. Peters; Lauren Rossi, Poplar Bluff; Alarie Sims, Blue Springs; Ashley Temmen, Jefferson City; Anne-Nicole Walters, St. Joseph; Kylee Weber, St. Louis, and Tarra White, Mexico.
Out of state participants are: Sarah Arvin, Eureka, Ill.; Jamie Heisler, Portland, Ore.; Brianne Kokemuller, Clinton, Iowa; Jared Krichevsky, Culver City, Calif.; Meghan Parks, Quincy, Ill., and Katherine Whisman, Brookville, Ohio.
As for the spring semester, the Jameson Singers are already scheduling events.
“I hope next semester to do some spirituals for the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration,” said Railton. “In years past they have wanted some music; hopefully this year, we will be able to provide some.”
Another program on the agenda is a spring concert that will be a combination of jazz pieces and pop music.
“We are planning on doing a mixture, including some Backstreet Boys and Lonestar,” Railton explained.