• Mary Harrison

CHS Chorus Valentines' performance hosted at local Methodist Church


Ms. Edwards (seated left, at the drums) and her CHS Chorus perform for the Wednesday evening service at Cairo's First United Methodist Church.

Cairo High School Chorus members performed at First United Methodist Church in Cairo last Wednesday night, February 12. This was the second time Chorus has been invited to FUMC under the direction of CHS choral instructor Ms. Erikka Edwards, and, according Ms. Edwards, they have been asked to return next year.


The seventeen-member choir began their performance with "Tshotsholoza," a traditional South African freedom song adapted by Jeffery L. Ames, followed by "My Funny Valentine," as arranged by Jay Althouse, "Think on Me," arranged by Victor C. Johnson, "Keep Your Lamps," arranged by Dr. Andre Thomas, and "Total Praise," arranged by Patrick Barrett and Doreen Rao.


They also sang a section from Rollo Dillworth's "Take Me to the Water" as an encore performance, as requested by FUMC Cairo head pastor Rev. Christy Brandy.


The Syrupmaker Singers, an elite group of music-reading students, performed "My Funny Valentine," and the women’s ensemble charmed the church-goers with "Think on Me." Both groups practice once a month after school.


Ms. Edwards says she is “extremely proud” of her chorus members and called the night’s performance, “beautiful.”

Members of the church cooked a meal and fed the Chorus free of charge.



The church’s organist, Mr. Ed Self, pictured to the left, played accompaniment for the group, as he does for the Chorus’ regular performances. Another special guest in the audience was Mr. Chris Lokey, CHS Principal and a member of First United Methodist.


The Cairo High Chorus will be performing this Friday evening at St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral in Tallahassee, Fl., alongside world-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pines and the FAMU concert choir. For details and ticket prices, go to RNB Staffer Elly Groh’s preview here.


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