'Sing your heart out'

Moffat County High School choir seniors perform last concert Tuesday

Senior Kadi Cattoor said she's sad to perform her final Moffat County High School choir concert.

"This will probably be my last choir concert for a while," Cattoor said. "I'm going to miss it a lot."

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She and 10 other seniors perform a 90-minute concert Tuesday night with the chamber, concert and jazz choirs from the high school. The seventh- and eighth-grade choirs from Craig Middle Schools also will perform.

Even though Cattoor plans to join choir in college -- she plans to attend Front Range Community College before transferring to Colorado State University -- she doesn't think a college-level choir will match her high school experience.

"It's not the same with your family coming to see you and everything," Cattoor said. "The whole community knows you here."

That's why choir director Julie Rustand makes the final performance special with "jazzier" songs and less formal attire. The students typically are required to wear their choir robes. On Tuesday, they'll be clad in bright-colored T-shirts and sunglasses.

"We're going wild," senior Katie Searcy said.

Still, it's hard to say goodbye to a program that's been a part of senior Deidra Gray's life since seventh grade.

"It will be emotional because this is one of the things that's my biggest passion," she said.

When the seniors perform a final number together at graduation May 26, Gray expects to be choked up again.

Cattoor said choir gives students an outlet not offered otherwise in school, which is something she'll miss.

"I like working with people in other ways that you normally don't -- like making harmonies -- that you don't get to do in other classes in school," Cattoor said.

Searcy expects she and the other seniors will carry choir memories with them as they graduate.

"It just lets you express all the different emotions you have," Searcy said. "You get to have fun a lot and sing your heart out."

Rustand said Tuesday's program promises to be a strong one, as the students have been practicing and are excited about their pieces.

"These kids have worked hard all year, and these kids super shine," Rustand said. "They love every note. Why shouldn't people come?"

The choirs also have an awards night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

For more information on the concert or awards night, call the high school at 824-7036.

What: Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School's final choir concert of the year

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: High school auditorium, 900 Finley Lane

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