There was a joyful sound in the Havre High School Auditorium Thursday evening. The Department of Music Presented “Holiday Masterpieces for Choir”.
Patrick Ryan conducted his vibrantly clad energy charged youth in a fascinating work of musical art.
This was the conclusion for Thomas Baty who was student teaching as choral director for Havre High School at this performance. Conductors Ryan and Baty were obviously proud of their student choir. Their mood came through in their students voices each exhibiting confidence and joy in this annual holiday celebration.
The Hi-Liters were caroling at Lincoln McKinley, Highland Park, and Sunnyside Elementary Schools. Also at Northern Montana Health Care Center and Eagle’s Manor all day Thursday, bringing the spirit of the season to many of the people who could not attend the concert in the evening.
This elite group of singers makes an annual event of caroling around town. In an interview with three of this group they seemed to agree that the experience as a whole was great, but watching the kids in the elementary school get involved in this years program was fantastic.
Kassie Kudrna and Kelsey Bakke are seniors and both started singing in sixth grade. By the time they reached High School they both knew they wanted to sing in the Hi-Liters. Both ladies were dressed in their best footie PJ’s for the performance of “Twas.” There was a lot of activity and interaction with this number. Children of all ages were engaged, and for good reason. Santa, also known as Jared Ruttkofsky, made his appearance in grand style.
When Jared was asked why he became a Hi-Liter, his reply was; “When I was a freshman I had to take a foreign language or music. I’ve loved music ever since.”
Kassie has not decided on a college yet, but Kelsey said she is going to Bozeman because she has family there.
Jared is staying in Havre and going to Montana State University-Northern. He will be on the wrestling team. Wherever their young lives take them, they have beautiful voices to share.