Arriving through the back entrance to the mansion, choir members were then brought down the grand staircase to sing as the public toured Missouri's house.

The School of the Osage choir is busy bringing tidings of joy through music to mid-Missouri this holiday season. Les Chanteurs was even honored with an invitation to perform at the Governor’s Mansion during an open house last weekend. 

This is actually the second year in a row for the group to sing at this Jefferson City tradition, one of a handful of Missouri high school choirs that performed for a 30-minute segment during the candlelight tours at the mansion, and it’s one of several community performances the choir regularly makes during the holiday season.

Arriving through the back entrance to the mansion, choir members were then brought down the grand staircase to sing as the public toured Missouri’s house. The choir sang a few old favorites and more modern Christmas songs, “Carol of the Bells,” “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen,” “Fum, Fum, Fum,” “White Winter Hymnal,” “Silent Night,” “Fruitcake” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

According to Director Amy Yoder, the 32-member audition-based chamber/show choir has a busy schedule ahead of them. With the Jefferson City performance in their rear view mirror, the group performed for one of the local Rotary clubs Tuesday and are looking forward to singing for the Four Seasons Property Owners Association meeting Thursday. In addition to school concerts after that, they will truly bring comfort and joy to those who likely need it with a performance at Lake Regional Hospital during the day Dec. 19. The best places for the general public to catch their holiday performance will be their school Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and at Stark Caverns at 7 p.m. Dec. 19.

In addition to the songs mentioned already, this season the choir is also presenting “Mary Did You Know” and “That’s Christmas to Me” during some of their concerts.

About the choir

•32 member auditioned chamber/show choir

•The group was started in the mid 1980's by Rayleen Platter Wilson. I followed her after her retirement in 2009.  I was a past member of this group and a 1992 graduate of School of the Osage.

•Present Members:  Harrison Adams, Hattie Barrieau, Lauren Bayles, Chris Boyd, Natalie Brick, Talon Childs, Robert Custer, Elise Davis, Destiny Drake, Emily Dulle, Jack Dulle, Faith Edwards, Sam Foley, Ethan Ford, Luke Funderburk, Elizabeth Groos, Sydney Hatfield, Logan Havner, Raymond Houts, Matt Kinnison, Eliza Koeppen, Aiyana Massie, Brockton McLaughlin, Tatum Rayl, Olivia Schibi, Chris Smith, Emily Steen, Grant Steen, Lane Stevson, Zoie Turner, Maddie Yoder 

•The Upper Elementary group "Choraletes,” under the direction of Michelle Bryant, and the high school girls group "Girls Glee,” and the high school jazz band, under the direction of Jeff Kile, also perform throughout the year at various community events.

Performances this holiday season

KOMU recording

Governor's Mansion

National Anthem at various sporting events

Osage Beach Rotary

POA-4 Seasons

Christmas Concert at OHS

Heritage Elementary and Kings Academy

Daybreak Rotary

Osage Upper Elementary

L.O. Hospital

Stark Caverns