Campus celebrates Christmas with music and worship

Grove City College will celebrate the season of Christ’s birth with a concerts featuring nearly every ensemble on campus that concludes with a moving and beautiful candle-light worship service on Sunday, Dec. 10.

The concerts begin Friday, Dec. 1, with the Grove City College Singers and the Grove City College Youth Chorus presenting “An Evening of Holiday Song” at 7:30 p.m. in the Arnold Recital Hall of the Pew Fine Arts Center. Selections will include “Cold December Flies Away,” “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks,” “Ubi Caritas,” “A-Caroling We Go,” as well as many other songs of the season.

The music continues Sunday, Dec. 3, with “Gloria!” featuring the College Concert Choir, Touring Choir and Chamber Singers. The Christmas Choral Concert begins at 4:30 p.m. in Harbison Chapel. The Concert and Touring Choirs will each present settings of the festive “Gloria” text – Vivaldi’s exciting setting from the Baroque era and Randol Alan Bass’s contemporary arrangement.

Carnegie Alumni Center will host a weeklong series of public lunchtime Christmas Concerts at noon daily, Monday, Dec. 4 to Friday, Dec. 8. The public is welcome to attend, hear talented students celebrate the season with music and song, and enjoy some hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.

The schedule includes:

  • Monday – Various vocalists
  • Tuesday – Gallery Brass and Grove City College Singers
  • Wednesday – String Quartet
  • Thursday – Saxophone Quintet, Trumpet Ensemble, and Revelation Ringers
  • Friday – Touring Choir

On Friday, Dec. 8, The Department of Music presents “A Musical Christmas at Grove City College” at 7:30 p.m. in Ketler Auditorium of the Pew Fine Arts Center. The concert features the Concert Choir, GCC Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Stage Band, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra. The production includes over 150 individual students and culminates in a sing-along with the combined ensembles and the audience.

On Sunday, Dec. 10, the College’s Office of Christian Formation holds its annual Christmas Candlelight Service at 6:30 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. in Harbison Chapel.

The service features the Christmas liturgy, favorite hymns, and stirring music, and culminates with the passing of candlelight throughout the chapel. Members of the Christian Formation staff, Student Ministry Council, Worship Team, and Global Outreach will serve the light.

All the concerts and the candlelight service are free and open to the public. Many will be livestreamed at

Campus celebrates Christmas with music and worship

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