The Village Singers' new accompanist was not only familiar with the choir; she also was a member.
Enid Cruse is tickling the ivories for the German Village-based group, which is preparing for its 19th annual holiday concert, scheduled 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 in the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third Ave.
Cruse, 37, said she has been playing piano since she was 5 years old. The Gahanna resident has taken over for Quinton Jones, who is director of the Singers.
"She's just unreal," said Wayne Owens, founder and general manager of the choir. "She's just fantastic."
Cruse said she has been singing with the choir for three seasons. Her mother, Megan Smith; sister, Ada Smith; brother, Noah Smith; and mother in law, Linda O'Connor, also are members of the Singers.
"Mom got us in, one by one," she said.
Tickets to the show, "The Miracle at the Meeting Haus," are $10 and available through Eventbrite.com or at the Meeting Haus.
Owens said the show would follow a typical format of both sacred and secular Christmas songs, as well as Hanukkah music.
It will include several new numbers, such as Pentatonix' version of "Hallelujah."
"It's just very haunting," Owens said. " 'Hallelujah' speaks of Christmas but also speaks of life itself."
Another is "Fruitcake" from the Superions.
"It's fun to sing," Owens said, "and the audience really likes it."
The Singers will bring back a slightly revised version of "Celebration of Light," a Hanukkah song that hasn't been part of the repertoire for a few years, Owens said.
Owens said money raised from the concert goes toward paying the director and accompanist, sheet music and the Village Singers endowment fund, which pays for young people to attend a summer camp for the arts.
The Dec. 8 concert precedes Village Lights, the communitywide celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. in German Village.