Carol Concert a Musical Finale for Carol of Lights

Many of Texas Tech's choral groups will perform in the annual concert.


Welcome the Christmas season with the University Choir, University Singers, Madrigal Singers, Women's Chorale and Matador Singers as they present their annual concert of familiar carols.

The 20,000 lights suddenly illuminating the Texas Tech University campus isn't the end of the Carols of Lights ceremony each year.

Since the 1950s the School of Music has put on an annual Carol Concert, a musical celebration of familiar and lesser-known seasonal songs to conclude the Carol of Lights ceremony. Rick Bjella, director of choral studies, said the University Choir, Women's Chorus, Matador Singers, West Texas Children's Choir and University Singers all will perform at this year's event.

Additionally, faculty members John Hollis, Quinn Patrick Ankrum, Karl Dent, Rebecca Wascoe and David Shea will perform.

The concert is at 8 p.m. Dec. 2, immediately after the Carol of Lights ceremony, in Hemmle Recital Hall in the School of Music building. After the concert, guests can partake of cocoa and cider.

“A choral concert at the beginning of the holiday season has been a part of Texas Tech's calendar since the 1950s when there was a single choir at the university,” said Joe Svendsen, School of Music instructor and conductor of the Matador Singers.

The concert will include familiar Christmas hymns “Joy to the World,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “What Child Is This” and “O Holy Night,” as well as songs audience members may not have heard, such as “Missa Pax” (Mass of Peace), with Shea on the clarinet, and “To the Mothers of Brazil” with percussion.


Hemmle Recital Hall

“One of my favorite parts of Carol Concert is the concert's namesake: the carols,” Svendsen said. “The audience is invited to sing along with almost 200 students singing to well-loved songs of the season like ‘Jingle Bells' and ‘O Come All Ye Faithful,' then they get to sit back and let the students treat them to beautifully presented carols and songs, both familiar, new and historical.”

Tickets, which can be purchased online or at the door, are $14 for reserved seats in the first four rows of the hall and $11 for preferred seating, which is any seat in the front half of the hall, excluding the reserved seats. General admission tickets, which are good for any seat in the upper half of the hall, are $8. Students can receive a free ticket with a valid student ID, which they can get at the door when they arrive that night.

School of Music

The School of Music

The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.

With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.

Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.


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