Raguet choir keeps up Christmas tradition

Raguet choir keeps up Christmas tradition
Posted on 12/11/2019
Raguet choir keeps up Christmas tradition

Raguet Elementary’s choir visit to Rotary Club of Nacogdoches marked the 65th year the school sent its students to the service club at Christmas. The tradition of an NISD choir visiting Rotary goes back even further, 75 years, to 1944.

That was when Francis Cariker Rudisill was named a music teacher for NISD – the previous teacher had been called up to military service during World War II and Rudisill knew how to play piano.

Rudisill later moved to Raguet when it opened in 1954, and the school has been making visits to Rotary Club ever since.

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, the Raguet students presented a number of classic Christmas songs for Rotary members. Olivia Ajero, a Raguet fifth-grader, provided accompaniment on the piano.

The choir is led by music teacher Nathan Hamilton, an Abilene native who earned his Masters in Orchestra Conducting at Stephen F. Austin State University and is in his first year at Raguet.

During Wednesday’s performance, Hamilton invited Rotary members who were Raguet choir alumni to join the students in the performance finale, “A Holly Jolly Christmas.”

Following the trip to Rotary, the Raguet students were bused to NISD’s District Support Center to perform.

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