Oregon City Choir Echoes Through The Grotto
Story and photos by Kohler Packham - Staff Writer/Student
Parents, grandparents, children, the young and old all gathered at The Grotto for the 25th annual Festival of Lights, where the Oregon City High School Choir performed their Christmas melodies to an enthusiastic crowd. This was OCHS’ tenth appearance at The Grotto under the direction of Amy Amodt.
The choir spent a lot of time practicing and preparing for this concert. Senior Brady Heinsoo said, “Amy really stressed to us the fact that we needed to be at our peak performance, not only because it is really hard to reserve a spot there, but also because the sounds roll through the room and hang there for several seconds, making any mistakes more noticeable to the audience.”
Many people assume that The Grotto is the church that resides on the grounds, but is actually the cave in the cliffside just outside it.
This is where the nativity scene is placed each year and is a staple site for people to enjoy the religious aspect that accompanies the holiday season.
Although the activities were plagued with rain, it didn’t hinder the attendees from perusing the lights and beautiful landscape after the concert.
Their Grotto performance is one of the the most anticipated events of the year for the choir. Amodt said, “It has a lot to do with the caliber of music. People feel comfort with holiday carols, and even enjoy singing it. The way the sounds roll through the room are very similar to that of European Churches. The music we sing is a standard and respected genre for this time of year.”