The Salvation Army and The Nashville Choir have partnered together to bring “Nashville Glee for Angel Tree,” a musical performance presented by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Frist Jr., to the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 21. This lively show will feature several local high school choral groups engaging the audience with exceptional vocals, dance and digitized stage sets as they sing off for a chance to win an “Angel Spirit” Award. The event benefits the Angel Tree Program, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this season.
The Nashville Choir
The Nashville Choir is a spirited and diverse group of professional-level singers who share a passion for musical excellence and love for our city. Whether it's at the Governor's Prayer Breakfast, The Salvation Army headquarters, or a local high school, TNC members pursue every opportunity to bless others through music and service.
The Nashville Choir sings music that matters just for the joy of it. TNC made history by performing at the first Christian event ever held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and thrilled a sold-out audience at the "A Light for the City" tribute to Michael W. Smith they hosted at the Schermerhorn in 2008. TNC recorded Just As I Am for the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC, and World of Color for the new water spectacular at Disneyland.
TNC exists "to be a musical force in the marketplace to the glory of God" and is specially privileged to sing for and serve The Salvation Army, the Nashville Rescue Mission, Room in the Inn, and other organizations serving the poor and marginalized.
Bo Bice - Emcee
American Idol alum, Bo Bice is a busy man. In the years since his run on the show, the Southern rocker has overcome health issues, had his third child, performed for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq many times, and has released his third record. "I feel like 3 is my strongest record to date", said Bo Bice. "It's a plethora of sounds that show who I really am. There's something for everyone; country, soul, rock'n roll... it's like your favorite pair of jeans, it just feels right." but 3 is more than just an album title for Bice. In addition to welcoming hi third child, Ean Jacob, in January, Bo's had a clean bill of health for three years. And, of course, 3 is his third album, a record filled with soulful, gospel-tinged country tock that represents the maturation of a songwriter and performer. For the amount of time he's been in the public eye (records, TV, movies, a chart-topping single), 3 finally showcases "who the real Bo Bice is."
Southern California native, Danille Kingsley has been on the stage since the age of 3. She recorded her first album at age 10 and began writing her own songs at age 12. Her family left California and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to plant a Christian church, where Danielle began leading worship. While there in Utah, Danielle was discovered by Big Idea Music and offered a recording deal. Danielle went on to share her vocal talents on numerous video games, major motion pictures and mainstream albums. Making music that impacts youth and adults alike has always been on the forefront of Danielle's heart, which lead to her move to Nashville in 2007. Since being in Nashville she has shared the stage with other major Christian recording artists. Danielle was the original vocalist on the popular worship song, "Tour Great Name", her version was released on 2 different albums this year through Integrity Music. She has also had the opportunity to lend her vocals on the Disney song "The Glow" featured on Disney's Fairy Tale Songs, the song was used to celebrate Rapunzel becoming part of the Disney Princess franchise. In the midst of writing, recording and performing, Danielle hosted the American Girl Fashion Show benefiting Mercy Clinic in Franklin. Up next for Danielle is possible the biggest event of her career as she has just finished writing and recording her EP, Falling, available January. 2013 will be full of touring, performing and promoting for Danielle Kingsley.
Centennial High School - NoteTorious
NoteTorious is a pop acappella extracurricular choir at Centennial High School. The group formed in fall 2010 and quickly became very popular in the school and community. The group is a mixed group that is open to 9th and 10th graders. The group's focus is community performance. NoteTorious placed first in the jazz group category in the 2011 Smokey Mountain Music Festival. They performed 25 times last school year at various events from Franklin festivals, state functions, and Nashville Glee for Angel Tree at the Ryman in 2011. The Choir is under the direction of Mindy Hoover.
Donelson Christian Academy - Legacy
Legacy is a 33 member show choir under the direction of Missy Cook and choreographer, Jennifer Barton. They are currently in their fourth season as competing show choir. Last year, they competed in Alabama, Ohio and at Belmont University and were finalists in all three competitions. Legacy also won 1st place in their division, Best Male and Female Soloist, and Best Costume. They are performing three selections from this year's competition show, "Hero", and hope to share their message that anyone is a hero when they stand up for others. Legacy can think of no better example of today's heroes than The Salvation Army and those individuals who sponsor the Angel Tree Program.
Hillsboro High School - The Sophisticats
The choral program at Hillsboro High School is comprised of more than 200 students and four different ensembles. The history of choral music at Hillsboro goes back over 60 years and has received numerous awards and recognitions. This spring, two of the choirs will be traveling to Disney World to compete in the Festival Disney Competition. Janelle Ganske directs the choral program. Janelle received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and masters at Belmont University. This is her fourth year teaching, at second at Hillsboro High School.
Independence High School - Declaration Singers
In the two years this group has been in existence, the Declaration Singers have won two overall Sweepstakes Regional Championships outscoring every vocal ensemble that competed the last two seasons in Atlanta with a score of 99.5 percent from every judge in the Atlanta Music Festival Showcase. Members of the Declaration Singers are also members of the Chamber Choir, which are the top auditioned ensemble at Independence High School. They are under the direction of MaryLee Atenhan.
Pearl Cohn High School - Concert Chorus
Pearl-Cohn High School Concert Chorus is a choral ensemble with quality sonorities of sound. This performing ensemble is comprised of 30-35 students that perform vocal music from the baroque genre to contemporary in an authentic fashion. The composition of this ensemble is made up of students from grade 9-12. The choir is under the direction of Choral Music Director Llewellyn St. Aubyn Adrian Peter.
General Admission Tickets - $25
Limited Premium Seating Tickets - $30
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Frist, Jr.
Angel Emeritus Honors Sponsor
Dr. and Mrs. Brevard Haynes
Silver Angel Sponsor
Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Britton
Mrs. Adelaide Davis
Ms. Joyce Hardy
Mr. and Mrs. Biff Porter
Dr. and Mrs. Steve Pusey
Mr. and Mrs. Doug Remke
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Servais
Mr. and Mrs. Roddy Story
Marianne DeMeyers, Exec. Producer
Jon Allen, Co-Exec. Producer
Jennifer Eldridge, Marketing Director
John E. Coates, Co-Host
Gary Robinson, Co-Host
Angel Tree History
Nashville Glee for Angel Tree benefits the Angel Tree program, one of The Salvation Army's highest profile Christmas efforts. Majors Charles and Shirley White created the program in 1979 when providing clothing and toys to children in Lynchburg, Va. In its first year alone, more than 700 children were served.
Three years later, the Whites brought Angel Tree to Music City and recruited WSM radio, birthplace of the famous Grand Ole Opry, as the very first Angel Tree co-sponsor in the United States. News of Angel Tree literally swept the nation as a result of the station’s on-air promotion and from national coverage on ABC Nightline with Ted Koppel and Larry King’s National Radio Broadcast.
Angel Tree gives individuals and partnering corporations an opportunity to adopt less fortunate children and seniors and provide them with personalized gifts and necessities during the holiday season. Donors can be confident that their gifts go directly to the truly needy, without excessive overhead, or duplication in services since Salvation Army Angels are not served by other holiday assistance programs.
In 2012, The Salvation Army Nashville celebrates 30 years of the Angel Tree program and expects to serve more than 18,000 children and seniors in the Nashville community alone.