NYSSA NEWS: Young musicians show talents, community meal coming up

Brian Blackmore of Nyssa Les Schwab and Nyssa Community Food Pantry manager Kathy Oliver show some of the items donated during Les Schwab’s Drive Away Hunger campaign. (The Enterprise/Susan Barton)

Nyssa School District choir members have been busy lately.

On Friday, the middle school advanced choir performed at the open house of Nyssa Mercantile.

Congratulations to eighth-grader London Hartley and junior Chloe Paton, who auditioned and were accepted into the prestigious OMEA (Oregon Music Education Association) All State Choirs. They will perform in Eugene in January.

Choir director Gretchen Longwell reports the Nyssa High School Select Choir and Middle School Advanced Choir recently participated in the 12th annual Idaho Youth Barbershop Festival at Boise State University. Students had the opportunity to work with Deke Sharon, music director and arranger of the “Pitch Perfect” movies. Sharon is considered by many to be the father of contemporary a capella music.

Students performed each evening of the two-day festival with approximately 400 singers. Both choirs will be featured in several performances in December.

• Mary Shelton gives a big shout-out to all the volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to help with the veterans breakfast and to all who came to enjoy a great meal.

“We couldn’t do it without you, you are all greatly appreciated,” she said. The event served 71 meals.

• Nyssa’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner is set for Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nyssa Senior Center. Donations of turkey, green bean casserole and desserts are needed. Contact Mary at 541-212-2987 if you can donate or help set up, serve or clean up.

• The Nyssa Senior Center will hold a Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There will be vendors with holiday gifts, and lunch will be available for purchase. The senior center is located at 316 Good Ave.

Susan Barton: 541-372-5455 or [email protected].

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