Each year, the Boise Institute Choir (Unison), organizes an annual musical production to remind people of the variety of uplifting music that is available. Through choosing uplifting songs and hymns, the choir is able to use music to teach doctrine and principles of the gospel. At the end of the evening, audience members walk away inspired to keep a special playlist of music that inspires them and reminds them of the standards of the Church.
Unison kicked things off by having Danny Christophiades perform “Disney Potpourri,” a melody of Disney songs on his trumpet. When it comes to Disney trivia, Danny is the most knowledgeable person I’ve met – in fact, he actually participated in a national competition hosted by Disney and was competitively ranked. After Danny’s performance, Garrison Holdaway, our Institute Council President, said a few opening remarks before we had an opening prayer and transitioned to the Unison Choir.
Unison performed Choir Jam, a lively mash up of various songs choreographed by Tom Lungren. After Choir Jam, we had the opportunity to hear from individual members of the choir in solo performances throughout the evening. Here’s a summary of just a few of the acts that were particularly noteworthy.
Jillian Durrant and Jessica Miller performed “Forget about the Boy” from Thoroughly Modern Millie. It was an energetic performance and they both captured the spirit of a classic musical.
Bridgette and Sarah Worthington, with backup from the women in the Choir, performed a cover of “For Good” from the musical Wicked. Bridgette and Sarah are sisters, so I thought it was particularly meaningful they’d perform a song about making a positive impact on each other’s lives.
Robin Jensen, Sarah Hart, Justin White and Gage Olson performed a cover of “Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum. Robin rapped midway through the song, which added a unique flair to a popular song. Check out their song on YouTube!
To help showcase the talent represented by other Institute faculty and students outside the Choir, there were also several non-musical acts performed at the end of the concert:
In his act, “One-wheel-man,” Brother Mel Thompson, one of the Institute faculty members, juggled and jumped rope while riding a unicycle. Brother Thompson is one of the most talented Institute faculty members and I suspect he must have been a circus performer in a previous life.
In tribute to Jimmy Fallon’s recent skit, #Hashtag, Garrison Holdaway and Josh Van Loo performed a humorous sketch entitled, #Institute. Of course, because this was an LDS sketch, the focus was about relationships and the blessings of Institute. #Awesome!
After these acts concluded, Robin Jensen, the President of the Unison Choir, said a few closing remarks. With the light shining down on her, she looked angelic as she bore a powerful testimony on the importance of choosing uplifting and inspiring music. After her remarks, the Choir closed the evening by singing, “I Stand All Amazed” and “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth.”
As members of the church, it’s critical for us to make good choices with the music we surround ourselves with. Elder Russell M. Nelson said, “Music has power to provide spiritual nourishment. It has healing power…It provides power for us to express prayerful thoughts and bear testimony of sacred truths.” That’s why the annual Unison Choir looks for opportunity to uplift and inspire others through the power of music.
As usual, the Unison Choir did an outstanding job with this year’s Wonderful World of Music. The Unison Choir is always looking for new members to join their ranks and share their testimonies through the power of music. If you’re interested in joining Unison, contact Brother Spjute at 208-344-8549.
Subscribe to Blog via Email