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Leah Hartman, Music Program Director                 Trey Davis, Choral Director

     In December, we look forward to a mix of old favorites and fun new holiday music. The choir will return on December 4 with the Huron Carol, a Canadian carol written in ca. 1642 by a Jesuit missionary in the native language of the Huron/Wendat people. The choir will be joined by a flute soloist in an arrangement of this carol translated into English.

    On December 11, the choir will sing a fun arrangement Rise Up Shepherd. This song is an African-American spiritual, probably from the nineteenth century, arranged by composer Rollo Dillworth. For this service, we'll be joined by a brass trio to help us celebrate the season.

    On December 22, we will celebrate the winter solstice with the music of Ginna Paredes, a harpist from our own congregation. We'll enjoy her meditative harp music and sing seasonal songs. Bring your drums for a drum circle afterward. 

    On Christmas Eve, we'll enjoy a string trio of familiar faces: Thomas Oswald, Dan Cassin, and Jennifer Cassin will join us for the prelude and candle-lighting music. The choir will sing Edward Elgar's The Snow, a work that shifts between major and minor modes to capture in just a few minutes a full range of emotions from bleakness to joy. Members of the HeartVoice Trio and others will also lend their voices to our candlelight service.

      Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, so on December 25, our single Sunday service will feature Sabrina King and Alan Berteau helping us celebrate this very special church service with lots of carol singing, and some solo songs as well.

    For those interested in volunteering to provide flowers for the church services in 2017, a new method is in place. We've created a website for people to sign up online, but you'll still need to stop by the congregational care table in the fellowship hall on Sunday to get access to the site. Flower dates are open beginning in January for the coming year.