As is customary this time of year, the Village Singers are rehearsing for their upcoming Christmas concert.
Christmas Is ... will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.
And, per its annual custom, the group is asking the public to join in the crooning.
Wayne Owens, founder and general manager of the choral ensemble, said all vocal ranges and skill levels are accepted. Cost to join is $25 for general membership and $5 for students and musicians. Rehearsals for the upcoming show are held at 7 p.m. each Monday at the Meeting Haus.
"Music soothes not only the savage beast, it also gets you to get into the season a little early," Owens said. "Music is universal. It lets you relax and slip into that magical world. Just come in and enjoy the evening."
He said membership is open to all central Ohioans.
Karla Wright, music director of Village Singers, said the concert will feature sacred and secular family-friendly holiday classics that invite audience participation.
Wright said there will be a few new numbers, including A Doo Wop Christmas and First Noel set to Pachelbel's Canon. Singers also will perform Three Jazz Carols, a medley of It Came upon the Midnight Clear, Coventry Carol and it Angels We Have Heard on High.
"It's just a really fun group," Wright said. "And we just like being together and singing together."
On a related note, the Village Singers' endowment fund now has $3,000. Owens said the group plans to start awarding arts scholarships to high school students next spring.