Choir concert

Here's a look at the Butter Braid concert featuring students at Shelby High School and Shelby Middle School on Sunday, Oct. 10 in the Performing Arts Center of Shelby High School. This photo shows the high school students.

SHELBY — Sidelined for more than a year-and-half by the coronavirus pandemic, live musical entertainment returned to Shelby High School’s Performing Arts Center on Sunday with the Butter Braid Concert.

The special event showcased Shelby High School students and 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Shelby Middle School.
The Performing Arts Center was filled with proud parents, siblings, other family and other community members as they heard the students sing a variety of numbers.

“This has been an interesting time for us,” Brian Nabors, director of choral activities, told the audience in noting the significance of Sunday's performance.
“We have not had a concert in terms of in this space for about a year-and-a-half,” he said. “So it’s been kind of nice to bring back kind of a tradition of the Butter Braid concert.”

High school students performed under the direction of Nabors while Katherine Vichinsky directed the 6th-8th-graders.

Vichinsky comes to the Shelby school district from Bowling Green State University. “I’m very excited to be the middle school choir director this year and the assistant at the high school,” she told the audience in introducing herself.

Both Nabors and Vichinsky played the piano during portions of the special concert.

After the show, Nabors, the high school choir director who also leads the Whippet Theatre, previewed more live entertainment coming to Shelby schools after the hiatus due to COVID.

“We’re looking at Nov. 12-13, we’re doing a reunion "All Together Now", and we’re bringing back Whippet Theatre people who were part of theater at some point and putting a big review on," Nabors said. "Then, the week after that, we’re doing ‘Oliver! Jr.’ Then in the first week of December, we’re going to do ‘Annie Jr.’ That is is the middle school show.”  (More details are to follow)
“We are trying to bring back theater in this town because we’ve been off for a little bit,” Nabors said. “We did the ‘Check Please’ last year but musical theater, we’ve been (off) for a year-and-a-half now.”
Earlier, Nabors explained Butter Braid to the concert audience.
“It’s a pastry filled with fruits and cheeses that we sell as a choir department,” he told the audience. “Now we’re working together as a music department. The band boosters and the choir boosters got together to form the music boosters. So we’re trying to raise money for pretty much anything whether it be trips or funding for music and things like that.”
Nabors said that due to COVID, samples were not brought on Sunday. “But if you’d like to try any of these flavors, feel free to order them, and we’ll make sure you get that delivered to you on Nov. 1. Order forms were available Sunday.
Community members interested in ordering Butter Braid can contact the high school and ask for Nabors. The phone number, according to the order form, is 419-342-6580 ext. 4 and his email is
While Sunday marked the return of live music at the Performing Arts Center, Shelby High School and Shelby Middle School were able to hold an outdoor concert in May 2021 at the Black Fork Commons Amphitheater in downtown.

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