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Harmony School of Creative Arts Presents ’A Not So Silent Night’

Harmony School of Creative Arts piano teacher Carlene Jasper (left) and guitar instructor Brandon McHose (right) work with piano student Diana Bautista on one of her lessons. The school’s music department presents ‘A Not So Silent Night’ concert Dec. 2 at Uptown Art House, 218 Main St. in Marble Falls. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

A great thing about taking music or voice lessons through Harmony School of Creative Arts is the one-on-one attention instructors give students. The students — both youths and adults — spend an hour or more each week with their teachers, getting the feedback they need to excel.

But students and instructors sometimes have to break out of their classrooms to experience the bigger picture.

“When I first told my music department about this, they looked at me like I was crazy,” said Amber McHose, Harmony’s executive director.

“This” refers to “A Not So Silent Night,” presented by the music department and featuring 17 students and their instructors. The Christmas concert is 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Uptown Art House, 218 Main St. in Marble Falls. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

The event is free, but donations are appreciated.

While Harmony School of Creative Arts is known for its dance performances, such as the upcoming “Gifts of Christmas” ballet Dec. 15, McHose realized the nonprofit arts school didn’t have an event that put music students and instructors on stage together. In the past, the school held traditional recitals during which students performed as individuals or as a small duo or ensemble.

During “A Not So Silent Night,” music students and instructors share the stage as they perform a number of traditional and more contemporary Christmas songs, including “Silent Night,” “The First Noel,” “O Holy Night,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Barbara Bend, the founder of Harmony School of Creative Arts, and The Blenders, a barbershop harmony group, will join them on stage.

McHose said that ever since students and faculty started rehearsing together in preparation for the Dec. 2 show, their family-type bonds have grown stronger.

“We’re creating a bigger sense of community, and a stronger one,” McHose said. “And the community around us, outside the school, feels it.”

The concert also gives students a chance to share their music outside of the classroom.

“The students are learning what it’s like to be part of something bigger, more than just their lesson,” McHose added. “They’re a piece of the puzzle when it comes to a concert like this, and you need each piece to complete the puzzle.”

Go to or call (830) 693-1791 for more on “A Not So Silent Night” or the school’s programs. Harmony School of Creative Arts is located at 1503 Mormon Mill Road in Marble Falls.

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