American Family Christmas concert set for Friday

Release Date: December 2, 2009

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University School of Music will present its annual American Family Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Wayland’s Harral Memorial Auditorium.

This year’s concert will feature Wayland’s handbell ensemble, the Wayland Singers, International Choir and the Wayland Symphonic Winds. There will also be a special performance by the Children’s Chorus of Plainview.

The 12-member handbell ensemble will perform six pieces, including “In Dulci Jubilo” and “Silent Night.”

The Wayland Singers, under the direction of Robert Black, will perform a number of pieces including “Croatian Carol” with the Children’s Chorus of Plainview serving as special guest performers on the piece. The Children’s Chorus is directed by Debra Buford with student assistants Victoria Wiley and Joel Duarte. The Wayland Singers will also perform “And the Glory of the Lord” from Messiah by George F. Handel. The Singers will be accompanied on piano by Wayland student Melanie Hester.

The International Choir, under the direction of Dr. Scott Herrington, will perform five selections, including “Go Tell it on the Mountain” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The Choir will be accompanied on piano by Dr. Richard Fountain.

Tim Kelley and his 30-member concert band will then ring in the Holiday Season with a set featuring “Greensleeves” and “The Christmas Song.”

The School of Music faculty and performers look forward to the concert each year and put a lot of work into providing an enjoyable concert event. Dr. Ann Stutes, dean of the school, says it not only provides music students with the opportunity to study seasonal music, which they will one day be performing and teaching professionally, but also it allows the School of Music to serve the community.

“One of our missions is to provide quality music for the Wayland and Plainview communities,” Stutes said. “This concert will certainly be fun and exciting!”

The evening will conclude with the combined groups performing “A Christmas Festival,” including an audience sing-along.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.