Carols in the Round

Carols in the Round at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Calais, Friday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m.

Every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Mount View Chamber Singers, a group of 20 students from Mount View High School, perform a series of concerts at various churches throughout the state of Maine, and even one in Canada.

These performances are done by candlelight with the singers spread out, surrounding the audience. The format is slightly nontraditional from most concerts, but as evidenced by the group’s busy schedule (29 concerts in 23 days), it has become a tradition for many during the Christmas season, according to a news release from the group.

This concert tour is what the group calls “Carols in the Round,” and this year’s concert will be at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Calais on Friday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m.

During this time, students pretty much give up their lives to share music with others. Students are out every night of the week and they do four concerts each weekend, all  the while keeping up with their studies and other responsibilities. This discipline and hard work provide them with many wonderful opportunities. The group has had the chance to go on several concert tours in places such as Italy, Costa Rica, Ireland, Hungary and El Salvador, to name a few. These trips were funded solely by donations received from the public at performances. The group also has been given the opportunity to record five albums. The group is truly grateful to all its supporters over the past 25 years.