KANSAS— The Cherokee National Youth Choir will be regaling the audience with delightful holiday melodies from its Christmas songbook with a performance at the Tyio Baptist Church near Kansas, Okla., on Monday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. This performance offers concert goers the unique cultural experience of hearing the choir’s performances of traditional Christmas carols in the Cherokee language. The performance is free and open to the public.

The Cherokee National Youth Choir performs traditional Cherokee songs in the Cherokee language. The Choir is made up of 40 Cherokee young people from northeastern Oklahoma communities. Its members are middle and high school youth between 6th and 12th grades. The students compete in rigorous auditions every year for inclusion in the Cherokee National Youth Choir. The Cherokee National Youth Choir is funded solely by the Cherokee Nation, and administered through the Cherokee Nation Education Dept. The group has recorded eight CDs, and has received numerous national awards for their music and ambassadorship. To learn more, please visit www.youthchoir.cherokee.org.

About the Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation is the sovereign operating government of the Cherokee people. It is a federally recognized tribe of more than 290,000 Cherokee citizens, with its capital located in Tahlequah, Okla. Employing more than 8,200 people, Cherokee Nation’s annual economic impact in Oklahoma and surrounding areas is more than $1.5 billion. To learn more, please visit www.cherokee.org.