‘Singing loud for all to hear’

Kelsea Renz | managing editor

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
The PSU choirs are not a group of elves, but they captured the spirit of this quote, from the movie “Elf,” at the holiday luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
The luncheon, a yearly tradition for the Wednesday after Thanksgiving dating back more than 18 years, was a chance for students, faculty and staff to celebrate the season together before the winter break.

Jan Runa fills her plate in anticipation of seeing her grandaughter, Macy Gerken, preform with the chior at the holiday lunchin on Wednesday Dec. 4 in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom.

Jan Runa fills her plate in anticipation of seeing her grandaughter, Macy Gerken, preform with the chior at the holiday lunchin on Wednesday Dec. 4 in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom.


“Before I retired from the GIT department, I would bring my staff every year to this luncheon and have a nice dinner together,” said Linda Grilz, retired faculty member. “We just made it a planned date we always do.”
Those in attendance were treated to a traditional holiday dinner while they enjoyed music that represented the many sides of the holidays.
“This year our music was more reflective than in the past,” said Susan Marchant, director the PSU choirs. “We wanted to represent Christmas and Hanukah as religious holidays, Christmas a secular holiday, the winter solstice, as well as include pieces in other languages.”
The concert included performances by each of the different choirs, as well as instrumental accompaniments to some of the songs.
“All of the pieces we prepared and performed for this particular program have never been done at this event before,” Marchant said. “With the exception of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ that we end with every year.”
The audience enjoyed the festiveness of the luncheon and the quality of the performance.
“I come with my department every year,” said Dacia Clark, senior administrative specialist of alumni relations. “The music is beautiful, the food is delicious, and it’s nice to get the chance to get in the holiday mood.”
The performance took a lot out of the singers, which led to two of the women fainting just before the end of the program. After making sure they were ok, Marchant finished the concert.
“We have to prove there is no curse on us,” she joked.
The luncheon concluded with the choirs’ unique rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
“The students worked hard for this concert,” Marchant said. “We just had a bit more excitement this year.”

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