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Fridley Alumni Choir performs Holiday Concert, raises funds for student scholarships
Posted 12/16/2019 09:00AM

The 24th annual Fridley Alumni Choir concert ushered in the holiday season on December 8, 2019 in the Fridley District Auditorium. The Alumni Choir, which consists of members beginning from the Fridley High School (FHS) Class of 1967, returned to the school to fill the venue with a variety of stylistic vocal pieces.  Randy Edinger, a Fridley High School Class of 1975 graduate, is the director of the group.

One special song performed by the group, “Unclouded Day,” was dedicated to choir member Doug Olson, who passed away in April 2019. Classmate and friend Laren Metcalf noted that, for years, Olson flew from his home in Redmond, Washington every Monday during choir season for rehearsals, demonstrating his commitment to supporting the students of his alma mater.

The FHS Concert Choir also performed at the concert, singing “In the Stillness of Winter,” by Victor Johnson. They also joined the Alumni Choir for the song, “Wild Mountain Thyme”

For the concert’s last number, retired FHS choir director Dave Ryan took over the baton to conduct the choir’s performance of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”  All FHS alumni in attendance were invited to the stage to join in.

Over the years, the choir has raised over $78,500 in scholarships that has been awarded to 54 graduating seniors to pursue fine arts degrees in college. The choir was also the recipient of the district’s Distinguished Alumni 2011 Circle of Excellence Award, in recognition of its work to inspire and support the students of Fridley Public Schools.

Left photo: Jo Mikolich Young, Class of 1975, sang The Beatles’ "I Will," accompanied by Fridley recording artist Mark Schirmacher and retired FHS teacher Jeff Bullard on piano. Right photo: Carolyn Sampson, Class of 1977, performed an original song entitled "Minnesota Winter Night Song."

Longtime Fridley High School choir teacher Dave Ryan returned to direct Handel’s "Hallelujah Chorus."

The FHS Concert Choir, under the direction of Jeffrey Johnson, represented the current students of the district with "In the Stillness of Winter."


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