For more than 15 years, the Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University has taken over the last chapel service of the semester traditionally known as Christmas Chapel.
This year is no exception. The School of Music will be performing for Christmas Chapel Dec. 5 during regular Chapel service hours at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Christmas program is usually one of the most attended Chapel services of not only the fall semester but the entire year.
However, the heads of the School of Music have made plans that will separate this Christmas Chapel from all previous performances.
The University Choir and Orchestra will be performing along with several instrumental ensembles, including Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble.
Making their first appearance in Christmas Chapel, a purely instrumental ensemble known as the Symphony and Orchestra will perform many of the well-known holiday classics.
“I’m excited for the school to see the CBU Symphony and Orchestra make its debut. It’s good to get out there and show everyone what the music department has to offer,” said Daniel Herrera, senior composition major and lead trumpet for UCO, Wind Ensemble, Symphony and Orchestra and Jazz Band.
“We will also be having a special guest appearance,” said Dr. Guy Holliday, associate dean of the School of Music and director of bands.
“The Wind Ensemble will continue its tradition of performing ‘The Night Before Christmas’ with narration by Dr. (Joseph) Bolin, dean of the Collinsworth School of Music,” Holliday said. “We will also be performing ‘Sleigh Ride’ by Leroy Anderson.”
Holliday said the program will require congregation participation through the singing of Christmas carols, a new addition to the annual service.
“Students will enjoy singing traditional Christmas carols. It’s something we really haven’t done before,” Holliday said. “It will really help bring in the Christmas season.”
Christmas Chapel will be a special event for the School of Music and student body for many reasons.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for the university at large to be exposed to the various musical ensembles that are housed in the School of Music,” Bolin said. “It is our one chance to perform for them and lead them in worship.”
Students are encouraged to attend and enjoy Christmas music performed by the School of Music.