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Lorene Lamb Memorial Concert
Lorene Crawford Lamb exhibited remarkable musical talent from an early age, including playing the piano at age five. As a gifted singer and strings player, this ability led her to Orderville in 1953 to fill in temporarily for the music teacher at Valley High School, who had left unexpectedly. She met Sharon Charles Lamb there, fell in love and never left.
Mrs. Lamb taught music for many decades in the Valley schools, and while receiving state and national recognition, she always felt her greatest
success was giving the love of music to her students. She spent her life serving her community, and was inducted into the Southern Utah University Hall of Honor in 1993. She received a distinguished service award from the Utah Governor in 1994.
Lamb was a perfectionist at everything she did. She co-wrote “The Land of Our Destiny,” a pageant honoring the settlement of Orderville. She blessed the lives of many girls, and also the community, each Christmas with the Melody Miss Program for over 44 years.
Lamb passed away on January 13, 2012, just a few weeks after her last Melody Miss Program.
On December 23, 2012, with a packed house, and under the direction of Harmony Cox, Myrna Hoyt and Marianne Leigh, the first “Lorene Lamb Memorial Concert” was held. Several of Lamb’s students came together to pay tribute to this wonderful lady who touched the lives of so many.
Tributes were written by Barbara Carroll (read by Christine Esplin), Cheree Hoyt Carter, Annette Palmer Jackson and Jennifer Hoyt.
An orchestra comprised of VHS students and several VHS Alumni, under the direction of Robert Lacey, played a beautiful rendition of “Christmas Tide.”
Piano solos were arranged and performed by Cindy England and Sam Roundy.
Vocal solos included Jill Hoyt, Lisa Goulding, and Jennifer Hoyt.
There were two vocal duets: Natalie Reidhead and Cindy England, accompanied by Sam Roundy; and Michelle Cox and Carlia Bauer, accompanied by Chris Maxwell on the piano, and Tori Cox on the violin.
A vocal quartet comprised of McKenzie Whittaker, Kayla Maxwell, Mickell Hoyt and Jodi Hoyt sang “Baby, What You Goin’ to Be,” accompanied by Myrna Hoyt.
Macoy Harris, Hogan Harris, Janilyn Hoyt, Julia Hoyt and Paige Harris sang one of the first songs Lamb taught to her first Melody Miss group – “Be Kind to Your Parents.” They were accompanied by Jolene Harris.
A large group of former Melody Misses sang three beautiful numbers: “All These Things Are Christmas,” “One Little Star,” and “Christmas is a Feeling,” directed by Marianne Leigh and accompanied by Myrna Hoyt.
Marianne Leigh read a touching poem written by Lamb. The congregation joined in singing the final number, “Joy to the World,” with a two-piano accompaniment by Sam Roundy and Cindy England.
It was a special night of gratitude for Lorene Lamb. Thank you to those who were in attendance, and to those who participated.