A locally unique holiday, dinner experience is growing into tradition at Killeen High School.
The KHS choir’s Feast of Carols is set for Dec. 6 in the school cafeteria with a 6:30 p.m. start. A full, catered dinner, a wealth of holiday choral music, wassail toast and even audience caroling is planned.
Tickets are $20, only available online and only until 48 hours prior to the performance. In recent years, the KHS holiday choral event has sold out.
Killeen High senior Cleo Edler, the choir president said the group’s traditional holiday performance is a popular favorite because it is unique and interactive.
Some pieces, like “The Boar’s Head” are yearly favorites the choirs perform. The end, featuring “Oh, Holy Night” and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” combine all five of the school’s choirs in a seasonal finale.
Choir Director Justine Halamicek, now in her third year directing the city’s longest-running school choir, said students look forward to the traditional holiday performance and many of her peers around the community begin early inquiring about tickets.
“It’s a fundraiser for our choir scholarships. It’s a catered event with assigned seating. We make it nice,” she said. “We are the only high school in the area that does a feast of carols. It is unique.”
Choir seniors will help direct the audience in singing carols. Printed words to the familiar songs will be available.
The event also marks the start of the final semester of choir for seniors. A “senior tree” contains an ornament for each senior that remains after they graduate.
During Feast of Carols, students and audience members will learn the identity of the group’s beau and sweetheart, another longtime tradition. That pair will play a leadership role in another KHS choir tradition, Club Allegro, set for Jan. 17.
But, first, there’s Christmas.
“The songs vary in difficulty,” said Edler. “We start rehearsing in October. Now, we’re getting in the groove and it’s getting exciting.”
Killeen High senior Audrianna Knox, the choir vice president, said it’s exciting to see friends, parents and teachers attend the event, but also community members with deep ties to the school. “It’s really something for the entirety of Killeen,” she said.
“It will be bittersweet,” said the senior choir member preparing for her first concert solo. “This has been my life for four years.”
Another senior choir member excited to present the special holiday performance, Khalil Nichols, said the Feast of Carols is a fun way to celebrate the season and is a showcase of great music.
“It’s special in production value,” he said. “Lots of preparation goes into it. It’s one of our biggest shows and has a lot of thematic elements. It’s like the magna opus of the first part of the year. It shows where we are so far.”
“It becomes music when you care,” said Knox of her appreciation for choir. “It comes alive and we can make something beautiful.”
Tickets by advance purchase available at:
On the menue for the dinner event: Grilled chicken breast, pasta primo, pasta alfredo, garden salad, focaccia bread, assorted desserts, wassail, tea and water.
Todd Martin is an employee of the KISD communications department and writes about students, teachers and school events.