Tusculum University Community Choir to enhance the season with annual Christmas concert on campus

GREENEVILLE – Christmas favorites and other songs tied to the season will bring joy to the audience when the Tusculum University Community Choir performs them during its annual concert to mark this special time of year.

The Tusculum University Community Choir practices in the spring.

The choir will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in the Marilyn duBrisk Theatre of Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. Karen Miller will accompany the choir on piano throughout the concert, and special guest Jackie Love will accompany the group on “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” as well as play two short medleys, all on the viola.

The concert is free, but the choir welcomes donations.

“Come and enjoy the beautiful voices of our delightful choir members as they help set the tone for a wonderful Christmas season,” said Kathy May, the conductor. “As community members, we enjoy performing for our friends and neighbors, and this concert is particularly meaningful because we are celebrating Jesus’ upcoming birth. We look forward to enhancing your Christmas season with this heartfelt performance.”

Here is the roster of songs:

  • “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by John Ferguson
  • “Veni, Veni Emmanuel” arranged by Michael John Trotta
  • “While Angels Sing” arranged by Paul Christiansen
  • “The Glory Manger” arranged by Robert De Cormier
  • “Sacred Medley” (traditional carols)
  • “Ecce Ancilla” by Michael John Trotta
  • “Wassail Song” by R. Vaughan Williams
  • “The Very Best Time of the Year” by John Rutter
  • “Secular Medley” (traditional carols)
  • “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin
  • “His Light in Us” by Kim André Arneson
  • “See Amid the Winter’s Snow” by Dan Forrest
  • “Sussex Carol” arranged by Elaine Hagenberg

The concert will feature soloists and ensembles in addition to instrumentalists. In total, the choir has about 45 members. May said the number of choir members continues to rebound from the decrease that occurred when the coronavirus resulted in the group going on hiatus.

New members are welcome in January and August, when the choir begins practices for their next performance.

For additional information about the concert, please call Tusculum Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620. To learn more about the university, please visit www.tusculum.edu.