The first opportunity Robert Reeves had to perform a solo in front of an audience was while singing with the area choral group Joyful Noise, a Washington County special-needs adult choir.
With about 30 friends on stage watching, he took the mic and began singing his rendition of the 1910 English music hall song “Henry the Eighth I am.” The audience cheered. It was the first time the group had performed at the new Washington Area Performing Arts and Event Center. Since beginning his career singing with the group, first called Sound of Washington and more recently Joyful Noise, about 10 years ago, he has fallen in love with making music. He and the rest of the group are inviting the community to come out and share in their music on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m., when Joyful Noise Performs its annual Christmas concert. He promises the event will be a lot of fun.
“I love the atmosphere and I love the people I’m singing with,” Reeves said, of performing with Sound of Washington. “I’ve kept with it because I care deeply about singing and I love getting up on the stage and watching everyone having fun and watching me while I’m on stage.”
Joyful Noise will bring its performance to the Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center. Joyful Noise will perform traditional Christmas songs, including Reeves’ favorite “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” Santa Claus is expected to make an appearance at the event. Admission is a freewill donation.
“They have a lot of fun,” Vanessa Widler, secretary-treasurer of Joyful Noise, remarked. “Rob and a couple of others get up and sing the songs and act with them. We just have a lot of fun.”
Widler said since the choral group became Joyful Noise, it is offered to participants free of charge. She said private donors from the community make the group possible.
Joyful Noise President Tammy Ingwersen also promised a fun time for people attending the event. She said the members love being part of the community and performing for people.
“it’s all about them and about letting them do what they want on stage,” Widler said. “We don’t hinder anything they want to do. You will not go home disappointed if you attend this concert.”