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JHS choir to give debut performance of 'Slender the Willow"

Award-winning author and former Alexandria resident LaVyrle Spencer visited Jefferson High School (JHS) in Alexandria recently to listen to the concert choir rehearse a composition that she wrote. (Photo by Lowell Anderson)1 / 2
The Jefferson High School Choir will perform a song written by LaVyrle Spencer at the Spring Concert. (Photo by Lowell Anderson)2 / 2

The Jefferson High School (JHS) choirs will perform a spring concert on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the JHS gymnasium in Alexandria.

The concert choir, mixed choir, select women's choir, pop group, Les Marquise and Silhouettes will perform. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students.

A unique feature to the concert is the performance of an original composition written by former Alexandria resident and award-winning author, LaVyrle Spencer.

"Slender the Willow," composed by Spencer for a cappella choir, was edited by JHS senior Courtney Wosepka and will be performed by the JHS concert choir.

Spencer attended school in Alexandria from 1953 to 1957 and has fond memories of the local music programs.

"I recall standing up and singing at the request of Miss Clara Daum in 4th grade at Central High," Spencer said. "I can still see Miss Peel directing the singing in the Washington Elementary 6th grade classroom. Eugene Kamholz taught me to play the drums in 7th and 8th grades. Murray Freng helped a friend and me form the 7th grade sextet."

The above, along with three years of elementary piano lessons, was the only musical training she had.

Spencer visited Alexandria on April 26 to listen to the choir rehearse her composition.

Spencer is the bestselling author of contemporary and historical novels, several of which have been made into movies.

The 24-time New York Times bestselling author and member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame retired from writing in 1997.

She currently lives in Stillwater with her husband, Dan.