The Trinidad Community Chorale and Chamber Singers have been working over the past several months practicing and preparing for the Christmas season with two free concerts coming up over the weekend at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, both at Massari Theater on the TSJC campus. These concerts are a collaborative effort with several other local musicians to bring a jazz combo feel to the music being performed.

The Trinidad Community Chorale is a local music program of the Trinidad Music Association, a 501c3 non-profit with the goal of providing access to see quality, fine musical entertainment in the Trinidad community while also having the opportunity to be a part of it all. The chorale is made up of almost 40 local singers and musicians who are passionate about creating music and enjoy the camaraderie that being in a musical group can bring.

“I love coming to rehearsals and singing great, moving music with my friends,” said chorale singer, TMA Vice President and Upswing business owner Melodie Lanosga. “Music is very important to me for a lot of reasons and I’m so happy we have this organization that I can be a part of. Things get really busy for me, especially at this time of the year, and singing on Monday’s with the chorale is refreshing and starts out the week on a good note.”

During the fall season, singers gather on Monday evenings to work on Christmas music in preparation for their two concerts held the first weekend of every December.

“As a musician, it’s pretty normal to have to start pulling out holiday music in August to get ready for rehearsals to start, even before Wal-Mart starts putting their Christmas stock out,” said TMA President Sharon Sorenson, “but the music is always so much fun to sing that most of our singers don’t mind the early jump into Christmas music.”

In addition to the Trinidad Community Chorale, a non-auditioned group, the Trinidad Chamber Singers, a smaller group of auditioned singers, will also be performing a piece for the weekend’s concerts. The group of 8 Chamber Singers was started last fall to present the annual Nine Lessons and Carols service at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. They will be doing this service again on December 12 at 7 p.m. in the echoing halls of Holy Trinity. This year, the event will be a reflective candlelight service telling the Christmas story, adding to the reverent time of the Advent season.

Moving forward, TMA has many plans in the works to expand the musical arts scene in Trinidad in hopes to see it someday be a viable addition to a thriving local creative industry.

“We have so many great instrumentalists here in town, I’d really like to see a local jazz band up and running again,” said TMA Musical Director Garrett Watson. “I’d also like to start having a few more chamber concerts featuring soloists and small ensembles both locally and from other cities. Having access to inspiring, moving performances will do a lot to get more youth and adults involved in making music locally, too.”

Trinidad High School Band and Choir Director Alex Duran, who see value in being involved in progressing the Trinidad musical scene, is also currently assisting the Music Association. He’ll be performing during the weekend’s concerts as well.

“I’ve been here only a short time and already see so much untapped potential,” said Duran, “not only with the local youth here in town, but also all the trained musicians I’ve met that aren’t performing anywhere because they’re not aware of the opportunities. I’d like to help make people aware of those opportunities. When kids see others playing good music, it makes them curious and more likely to try it themselves. There’s never such a thing as too many musicians.”

With the City of Trinidad marked by the state as a Colorado Creative District, TMA sees it a priority to help bolster the musical arts leg of the creative industry. TMA President Sharon Sorenson says there’s still a lot to do to get to where they’re headed, but also said that each season more and more people show up to be a part of making local music for the community to enjoy.

For more information on TMA and upcoming performances, visit their Facebook page, or call 719-220-4584. As with all of their concerts, donations are graciously welcomed.

Upcoming holiday performances:

Holiday Swing Concert at Massari Theater

December 7 at 7 p.m.

December 8 at 4 p.m.

Nine Lessons and Carols at Holy Trinity Catholic Church

December 12 at 7 p.m.

Christmas Sing-Along Party at Upswing Community Room

December 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Community Chorale prepares for weekend’s Christmas concerts

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