WEST CHESTER, PA — West Chester University is all set to host its 102nd Annual Holiday Concert, a beloved tradition that marks the onset of the winter season. The grand event is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, at 3 p.m. in the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall.
Directed by Professor and Associate Director of Choirs Ryan Kelly, the concert will feature a mix of classical, contemporary, and jazz selections performed by student choral, orchestral, and jazz ensembles from the university’s esteemed Wells School of Music. The stage, adorned with greenery, lights, and poinsettias, will witness nearly 200 students showcasing their talents.
The program includes recognizable Christmas and Hanukkah selections, as well as pieces inspired by the winter season. These range from Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” to Brett Stewart’s arrangement of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”
A highlight of the concert is the rendition of “O Holy Night,” performed by the winner of the vocal honors competition. This year’s winning vocalist is senior Music Education major Miranda Nilan from Oxford, PA. “Singing ‘O Holy Night’ at the Holiday Concert was a goal since my first semester here at West Chester University. I am honored to perform this beloved holiday classic,” Nilan shared.
Audiences are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy Christmas Carols played by university organist Sándor Kádár on the historic Skinner pipe organ.
Limited parking is available around the Philips Memorial Building, with additional options in West Chester’s M Lot and the Sharpless Street Garage. Tickets are priced at $14, and purchasing in advance is strongly recommended.
This annual concert is not just a performance; it’s a celebration of the holiday spirit, music, and community. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this joyous celebration.