Singing Christmas Tree project needs singers


Organizers of a new Christmas music program, sponsored by the Gillespie County Historical Society and made possible by a grant from the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance, are asking for singers to participate.

The initiative is called “The Singing Christmas Tree,” which is a free public concert to be held Dec. 16-18 in the newly renovated historic sanctuary at Pioneer Museum.

Jeryl Hoover, executive director of the Gillespie County Historical Society, is the director and producer of the project. In German, the project is called Der Singede Weihnachtsbaum.

“We need up to 92 adult singers ages high school and up to be part of this inaugural event,” Hoover said. “No auditions are necessary. We’re looking for people who like to sing traditional and popular Christmas music.”

The tree is a 26-foot-tall metal structure in the shape of a Christmas tree. Greenery and lights will be added to make the effect complete.

The singers will stand on the tree at different heights for the one-hour concert.

“For those singers who aren’t comfortable with heights, we’ll have some seating at the bottom of the tree, as well,” Hoover said.

H-E-B and Walmart are providing corporate sponsorship, and several local residents have made donations for underwriting. The purchase of the tree and transportation costs were provided by the PCAA in their desire to empower more community-led arts opportunities for families.

The concert will be performed three times the weekend of Dec. 16, and admission will be free.

“We want to provide a unique Christmas experience for families, especially those with young children. Seeing and hearing almost a hundred people standing on a Christmas tree will be something they won’t quickly forget,” Hoover said.

Interested persons are invited to contact Hoover at or by calling (830) 456-9550.