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Published on December 12, 2017 4:35PM

The YAP show choir performs “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Christmas concert, including, from left, Emily Finley, Janine Goodwin, Joelene Floyd, Katrine Bogardus, Katie Fitch, Rachel Carpenter and Kathy Sherwood with Rebecca Bogardus conducting. Bogardus also later joined the choir, led by Goodwin, for “The Little Babe” by Benjamin Britten.

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The YAP show choir performs “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Christmas concert, including, from left, Emily Finley, Janine Goodwin, Joelene Floyd, Katrine Bogardus, Katie Fitch, Rachel Carpenter and Kathy Sherwood with Rebecca Bogardus conducting. Bogardus also later joined the choir, led by Goodwin, for “The Little Babe” by Benjamin Britten.

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From left, Malachi Bogardus, Maddy Hassmiller and Ella Carpenter sing in the junior choir, a group of nine, at Friday evening’s Classic Christmas Concert in John Day.

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From left, Malachi Bogardus, Maddy Hassmiller and Ella Carpenter sing in the junior choir, a group of nine, at Friday evening’s Classic Christmas Concert in John Day.

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The junior choir sings “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” including, front row from left, Gideon Bogardus, Cedar Hassmiller, Logan Ineck, Cosette Klusmier and Avery Toy; back row, Malachi Bogardus, Maddy Hassmiller, Ella Carepnter and Clayton Ineck.

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The junior choir sings “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” including, front row from left, Gideon Bogardus, Cedar Hassmiller, Logan Ineck, Cosette Klusmier and Avery Toy; back row, Malachi Bogardus, Maddy Hassmiller, Ella Carepnter and Clayton Ineck.

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From left, Katrine Bogardus, Kathy Sherwood and Janine Goodwin perform a difficult piece by Antonin Dvorak on violin at the Christmas concert.

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From left, Katrine Bogardus, Kathy Sherwood and Janine Goodwin perform a difficult piece by Antonin Dvorak on violin at the Christmas concert.

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The intermediate choir sings, including, front row, from left, Keira Stiner, Brighton McLane, Bella Fitch; back row, Collin McLane, Katrine Bogardus and Nick Stiner.

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The intermediate choir sings, including, front row, from left, Keira Stiner, Brighton McLane, Bella Fitch; back row, Collin McLane, Katrine Bogardus and Nick Stiner.

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A guitar group performs at Friday evening’s “A Classic Christmas Concert,” including front, from left, Logan Ineck and Avery Toy; middle, Maddy Hassmiller, Clayton Ineck and Cedar Hassmiller; back, Keira Stiner, Collin McLane and Nick Stiner.

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A guitar group performs at Friday evening’s “A Classic Christmas Concert,” including front, from left, Logan Ineck and Avery Toy; middle, Maddy Hassmiller, Clayton Ineck and Cedar Hassmiller; back, Keira Stiner, Collin McLane and Nick Stiner.

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There were praises aplenty for the performers and conductors after Friday evening’s “A Classic Christmas Concert” in John Day.

Rebecca Bogardus of Dayville and Janine Goodwin of Prairie City directed a variety of Youth Arts Program groups with musicians ranging in age from 7 to adult, and the pair performed with some of the groups at the community event held at the United Methodist Church.

“The children blew me away,” said audience member Eva Harris.

“Christmas Time is Here” from the movie “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was one of several songs presented by the junior choir.

“I’m so proud of all the groups,” Goodwin said. “They did better in performance than rehearsal, and that shows they knew their parts and were ready to perform.”

An intermediate choir, two guitar groups, a string ensemble and a show choir also performed.

Bogardus leads the YAP program, and the Juniper Arts Council, led by president Kris Beal, sponsored the event.

“It was incredible,” Bogardus said. “I think it was our best concert ever. The quality of music was better, and that’s the result of the program’s growth over time. There were a total of 20 in the groups, and there is room for a lot more.”











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