Christmas celebrated at upcoming Coe College programs

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2015-11-20 07:17:03 - General

Christmas will be celebrated at Coe College’s annual Christmas Convocation and Christmas Vespers on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Both events will feature the Coe College Chorale and Handbell Ensemble. The Christmas Convocation will begin at 11 a.m., with a repeat program held as Christmas Vespers at 7:30 p.m., both in Sinclair Auditorium. The celebrations are free and open to the public, with a Wassail reception following each service.

The Coe Chorale, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Loralee Songer, will perform traditional anthems during the programs with songs sung in English, Spanish and Swahili. Conducted by MacMillan Assistant Professor of Piano Brett Wolgast, the Coe Handbell Ensemble will provide the preludes before each service. Many Coe students will be featured with vocal and instrumental solos. The services follow the grand British Lessons and Carols tradition and are patterned after that of King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England. In the services, hymns and carols are used in place of psalms and canticles. Through the message of the scriptures and verses of the carols and anthems, participants are given a beautiful perspective on the meaning of the Christmas season.

Both the Christmas Convocation and the Christmas Vespers will include the story of Jesus' birth presented in lessons read throughout the presentation by Coe College Chaplain Kristin Hutson, as well as students, faculty and staff members. Audience members will be invited to join in singing several of the Christmas hymns and carols, including the traditional favorites.

The Coe College Music Department, Office of the Chaplain and Office of the President are co-sponsoring the services. For more information, please call 319-399-8581.

Members of the Coe College Chorale, under the direction of Loralee Songer, perform at last year's Christmas Convocation.
Members of the Coe College Chorale, under the direction of Loralee Songer, perform at last year's Christmas Convocation.