“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear!”

Last Saturday I had the privilege of seeing the annual Christmas concert that the music department puts on. There’s really one word that can describe the experience …epic. The concert featured many different music groups including the university’s Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Handbell Ringers, Symphonic Band, Strings, Chamber Singers, Brass Quintet, Early Music Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Horn Ensemble and Clarinet Ensemble. There were even tap dancers! Student photographer Brendon Reed got some great shots of the event.

Planning for the yearly concert begins up to 10 months in advance.

Loren Wenz, associate professor of music, directed the choral portion of the concert. He invited the audience to stand and sing Joy to the World.
The concert featured more than 130 student musicians.
Among the selections presented were O Holy Night, arranged by Mack Wilberg; Hodie! (This Day), by Z. Randall Stroope; Hallelujah Chorus, by Handel; O God Beyond all Praising, by Daniel Forrest; and Joy to the World, arranged by Wilberg.
The event is the largest production of the year put on by the university’s performing arts department.

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