First Posted: 12/26/2008
PILOT MOUNTAIN Area residents will receive an extra holiday treat this Sunday beginning at 7 p.m. as First United Methodist Church hosts a free program of Christmas music by The Treble Makers.
The 15-person community choir will perform a program of holiday favorites ranging from the sacred to old and new popular selections. Early numbers will tell the Christmas story through song, after which the program will transition into a musical assortment of holiday fun.
A majority of our music will be sacred with a good mix of secular included, explained Treble Makers Conductor Steve Shelton. We try to bridge the gap between sacred and secular with a good mix of styles and tempos to offer something for everyone.
According to Shelton, the group, made up primarily of Stokes County residents, has been together for almost two years. A retired band director from South Stokes High School, Shelton serves as conductor with his wife, Olivia, and several other talented vocalists performing. A thread of talent and musical experience runs throughout the group with three other members currently serving as music directors at their respective churches. Lavonda Glass serves as accompanist.
The choir puts together two programs annually, one each spring and another for Christmas, Shelton said. This holiday seasons schedule has proven especially busy, pushing their Pilot Mountain performance to Sunday evening.
It has been a busy year so far, Shelton noted, but weve had good responses and weve enjoyed ourselves. These are accomplished musicians but we also make a point of picking music we enjoy.
Pilot Mountain should be a comfortable venue for the group as at least three of its members have strong local ties. Dan Ulery lives in Pilot Mountain while Brent and Barbara Jones reside in Pinnacle. The Sheltons are also familiar with the area and are friends with local musician Ken Bloom.
The people in Pilot Mountain will identify with the East Surry-June Snow (choir) tradition, Olivia Shelton noted. Thats what we do. We make a point of rejoicing and being merry. We have a lot of musical talent and its a real thrill to be able to sing four and five part harmony.