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D.M. Davis Voice choirs to perform Christmas concert at IHS

The Ironton Council for the Arts will present its annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Ironton High School Auditorium.

Featured performers are the D.M. Davis Male Voice Choir and Women’s Choir from Jackson. Admission is $10 and tickets may be purchased at the performance. Ohio University students are admitted free with valid ID.

The D.M. Davis Male Voice Choir and Women’s Choir honor the memory of local music educator D. Merrill Davis, a long-time vocal music teacher in the Jackson City Schools. Davis also established and directed many church and civic musical groups.

Membership in the D.M. Davis Male Voice Choir is by invitation only, with each member expected to attend regular practices once each week, represent the chorus through music in our various communities, and pass on good music by educating young singers. Musical renditions vary from Barbershop to Gospel to Glee Club style; from comedy to serious; from love songs to patriotic to religious.

The roots of the Women’s Choir go back to 2015 when it was suggested that some of the wives of the Male Voice Choir sing with the men at the men’s Spring Concert. The women sang five songs on their own and two with the men and that first experience was both successful and enjoyable. Some members have spouses or other family connections to the men’s choir. Others are members of various church choirs or have performed in other community choirs. And there are those members whose only qualification is a love of singing.