The Bowman Community Chorus will present its annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 3rd, at the Bowman Lutheran Church. Performances will be at 2:00 and 6:30 with refreshments following each performance. A free will offering will be taken at each performance.
This year will be the 59th year of performing during the Christmas season and has come to be the unofficial start to the holidays in the Bowman and surrounding area. Other concerts have been presented in the past at Easter and during the US Bicentennial and North Dakota centennial years. In 1959 the Church choirs of the Bowman United Methodist and the Bowman Lutheran churches combined to do an Easter cantata under the direction of Joan Thom. She directed the group until 1970 when Ron Bowman became the director. This year Brian Holder and Lynn Brackel will be helping to direct the concert.
A prelude and a performance at intermission will be done by the Saxy Brass. They will also accompany one number with the chorus. This group has been a great part of the concerts since 2000 when Lynn Brackel started the group. The group will also be playing at various other events during the holiday season.
This year’s cantata is HOLY CHILD, a very contemporary musical celebration, featuring solos and narrations around the Christmas season, along with many old classic carols. After intermission the Saxy Brass will accompany the chorus on one number. There will be several new numbers and some favorites from the past featuring several soloists. Mrs. Lauren Holder (Elementary music teacher in Bowman) has a choir of 28 young singers called the OVATIONS SELECT ELEMENTARY CHOIR. They will be singing with the chorus on one number in the cantata. Following intermission they will be performing one number and then joining the chorus to sing a brand new song entitled ONE CANDLE . We’re so happy to have them join the chorus again this year.
In 1984 the Chorus started honoring longtime members with the 25 Year Club. In the years since it has grown to 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55 year levels. The total members listed in the club is now up to 44. The members of this club have been the backbone of the chorus for all those years. Sixteen members of the club are listed in this year’s program. Paula Richter moves up to the 30 year level this year. Paulette Deibert moves up to the 35 year level. Becky Holsti moves to the 40 year level and Ron and Orpha Bowman reach a new plateau by getting to the 55 year level. A total of 647 names have appeared in the programs throughout the history of the chorus.
The chorus has always supported music in Bowman County High School, Scranton High School, and Harding County High School by providing summer music camp scholarships and to many students who have been a part of Northern Ambassadors of Music for their trips to Europe. There is a $500 music scholarship available to a second year college music student and the chorus is so proud to say three students have received this scholarship. It is the generous free will offerings and the support of the community that makes it possible for the chorus to do these endeavors.