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The program of Christmas carols and anthems is presented by the college’s Department of Music and features more than 200 performers in historic Dimnent Memorial Chapel. The services feature a variety of Hope instrumental and vocal groups as well as the college’s historic Skinner organ.  The Chapel Choir will premiere a piece composed for this year’s Vespers service by Dr. Benjamin Krause, assistant professor of music, with text written by Dr. Pablo Peschiera, associate professor of English and department chair.

Christmas Vespers was first held on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. The timing, Pearl Harbor Day, was coincidental, with the program having been planned earlier in the semester.  The first service included performances by multiple ensembles, as well as an organ soloist and an organ and piano duet, and ended with the Chapel Choir singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.”

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  • Shirley Harburn
  • Sondra Kuiper
  • Jeanne Puterbaugh

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