Sounds of the season enjoyed around the town

GREENVILLE – The sounds of the season could be heard around Greenville on Wednesday morning as The DeColores Montessori Junior High Orchestra performed their annual Community Service Tour.

“Our school likes to help out our community,” said Leo Williams, an 8th grade violinist. “I really like performing and playing my violin. And it’s a great way to spread happiness.”

Williams was joined by 17 DeColores Junior High Orchestra members performing at several nursing homes and assisted living locations, including Rest Haven, Village Green, Heartland, and Brethren Retirement Community on Wednesday morning. The group also performed a noon concert at the Greenville Church of the Brethren for DeColores families.

Under the direction of Brandy Winterrowd, the orchestra started working on Christmas selections in October. On Wednesday, they performed a variety of fun carols and Christmas hymns, including Frosty the Snowman, Joy to the World, We Three Kings, O, Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, Hark! The Herald Angels, Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas, among others.

The students have been learning their instruments since second grade, said Winterrowd, who has been with the school for 13 years.

“This is a great event,” she said of the holiday concert, which gives students the opportunity to learn a variety of holiday tunes.

Seventh-grade violinist Mya Conway agreed with her teacher.

“I really love playing my instrument and its nice to be able to play Christmas” hymn selections, she said.

Village Green resident Mary King couldn’t choose just one of the carols as her favorite.

“I liked all of them,” she said. “I always look forward to this.”

PHOTO CAPTION: DeColores Montessori Junior High Orchestra performed their annual Community  Service Tour at Village Green on Wednesday. (Susan Hartley photo)

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