Monarch Choir Tours in Albemarle
The holidays are here, and the Stanly Industrial Services (SIS) Choir in Albemarle is kicking things off by performing songs and carols in the community. They recently performed at First United Methodist Church in Norwood, and have been touring since last year sharing their love of music.
Currently there are 15 people Monarch supports in the choir and they have sung at various Christmas programs, Monarch events and churches in the area.
The choir was formed last year under the direction of Casey Butler and Courtney Ledbetter, developmental specialists at SIS, who say this year the choir has incorporated more diverse songs and performance venues.
Ledbetter said, “We asked many choir members why the choir is important to them. Most response were things like: ‘I love to sing. I have fun singing with my friends, and it makes me feel good.’” Ledbetter also noted that the community has been very welcoming and seems to really enjoy hearing the choir perform.
During the holiday season the choir is performing Christmas songs and a mix of church hymns and oldies like, “Under the Boardwalk” and “My Girl.”
Megan Todd, program manager at SIS, said these opportunities are important for participants in the choir “because they enjoy being out in the community and bringing other people joy.”
Check out this clip of them performing a Christmas favorite.