"We are the people of the 21st century ... "
Their faces bright, their bodies brimming with the pep of youth, their voices eloquent and sweet and powerful, they sang.
"... We are the future, we are the light ... "
They are the sixth-grade choir at Craig Intermediate School. Their rehearsal Friday for the fifth- and sixth-grade holiday concert tonight showed promise of an evening to remember.
Music teachers David Hurst and Charleah Firestone have been working with the students for several weeks to bring the seasonal program to fruition. Choir members will be accompanied by Julia Foster on the piano.
Highlights of this year's concert will be a piano solo by Ari Osborn, a homeschooler, but member of the CIS after-school choir, and 19 students strumming new guitars.
"We've added a guitar class to general music and choir this year," Firestone said. "The students have worked very hard and they're all anxious to play in front of an audience."
The new guitars were made possible by a grant from the School-to-Career program.
"I love learning how to play a new instrument," guitar student Grace Henderson said.
Fellow student Dustin Sabbagh nodded his head in agreement. "It's fun to get to learn guitar and great to get to perform in the concert," he said.
And who knows what learning guitar might lead to?
"It's hard because we have to move our fingers a lot, but I'm learning guitar because someday I might want to play in a band," Timmy Jackman said.
Firestone said the students have shown outstanding promise.
"I'm really looking forward to Monday night and their participation in the concert," she said.
The guitar students had an opportunity to erase any potential stage fright last month. The class was invited to play for the Moffat County Board of Education at its Nov. 28 meeting. The young thrummers received a warm round of applause from the board members after their performance.
"A concert is a very special thing," Hurst told the choir members at Friday's rehearsal. "So dress up, wear something special girls, wear a dress."
All of the girls moaned.
"Guys, no jeans," Hurst said.
The guys groaned in unison.
No matter the state of dress g, the students promise a polished musical performance.
In addition to "We Are The People," the choir will include "Dona Nobis Pacem," "Little Drummer Boy," "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" "Jolly Holly Holiday," and "Silent Night."
The concert begins at 7 p.m. today in the CIS cafeteria.