Singing with the Elves

In a mash-up of High Fantasy and reality, Kathleen Dallin had the attendees separate by voice (Soprano, Alto, and Baritones) at the beginning of the panel held in Hilton Grand West Friday at 5:30PM to create an elf choir. Two pieces of music were handed out. Although music training was not necessary for this panel, it did help. Within an hour, the choir learned Caras Galdahron from Lord of the Rings and The Rains of Castamere from Game of Thrones. Dallin, along with Celia Sullivan, and their helpers Heather, Lisa, Eric, Jamie, and Stephanie, worked in all areas to help make all of this come together.

The first song was short, but the entire piece was in Elvish. It was a little tricky at first to get through the piece, but the attendees were filled with the Dragon Con spirit. The piece came together rather well. The second piece was longer, but it was in English. Within an hour, the choir was ready: the task was to perform at An Evening at Bree, an annual celebration with dancing and frivolity that was happening later that evening.

Did I mention there would be no accompaniment? The choir did both pieces acapella.

The time arrived, 8PM. The choir gathered at the front of the room. The notes to start were given. With determination and pride, the choir sang both pieces. It was a hit with the audience. There was thunderous applause. The choir took their bows, then their seats. Every member was beaming.

Performing in a choir like this was so much fun. It gave people the opportunity to come together and make music. For some, this was the first time in years they have had the chance to perform again. For others, this was their very first time singing in a group. It didn’t matter. The entire group helped each other out for a fantastic performance.

Author of the article

Award-winning author Amanda Faith may have been raised in Dayton, but her heart and home is in the South. With a lifelong love of teaching and writing, she had plenty of encouragement from teachers and friends along the way. Loving a good puzzle has always been a fascination, and writing gives her the outlet to put all the pieces together. Being adventurous and loving to try new things, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves in unusual situations. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how they interact, taking them on journeys they would never have normally experienced. Her current adventure working as a high school English professor turned Media Specialist, writing, and doing paranormal investigations doesn’t slow her down from having a great time with a plethora of hobbies. Her published credits include several short stories, poetry, several journal articles, her doctoral dissertation, and her award-winning book Strength of Spirit. With multiple degrees, she has a passion for learning and exploring new venues. She is a staff writer for The Daily Dragon at Dragon Con. Check out her new website ( or on Instagram (@dramandafaith)