Music Department offers musical Christmas cards

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University’s Department of Music has designed a unique way to spread Christmas cheer and raise funds for its upcoming Missions in Music: Kenya 2008 project. The musical Christmas card gives people a chance to send a personalized Christmas greeting in the form of a mini concert featuring two or three musicians, vocal or instrumental, performing Christmas carols for a minimum of 7 minutes.

The Musical Christmas Card is designed as a way to send a personal message to homebound friends and relatives or anyone who will enjoy a gift to remember.

“If people have a boss or a pastor or someone who really means a lot to them, we are hoping they will get together and order a Musical Christmas Card to be delivered to their office or at a party,” said Robert Black, associate professor of music. Along with the mini concert, the gift giver can send along a personalized card commemorating the occasion that will be read to the recipient by the performers. The Musical Christmas Cards cost $30 and are guaranteed to be delivered Dec. 5-11.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Wayland Department of Music as it prepares to take several members to Kenya, Africa, during the summer of 2008. The Missions in Music project will take place next summer as Black travels to Kenya to teach a music appreciation course at the Wayland campus in Kenya. He will be joined by music students and faculty who will help teach and conduct mission outreach projects in the surrounding area. “We will do very little group performing,” Black said. “We will do a lot of teaching and other work, whatever needs to be done. It’s impossible to plan it all.”

The group will aid Black in the final week of his three-week teaching term which fulfills requirements for Kenya students to receive their bachelor’s degrees. This will be the first group to graduate with a full Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Wayland. The following week, the group will head out into the Masai Mara, an extension of the Serengeti, working with missionaries in various outreach programs.

“Our goal will be to not only do ministry in any way we can help, but also to learn anything we can about their culture and music from the African tribes,” Black said. Anyone interested in ordering a Musical Christmas Card, or in making a donation to the project, may contact Marlene Reed at 291-1060. Orders for the Christmas card must be place prior to Dec. 7.