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51st Annual Christmas Festival of Music and Readings

2018 Christmas Festival of Music & ReadingsWabash College’s 51st Annual Christmas Festival of Music and Readings will be presented at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5,in the Pioneer Chapel. Seasonal music will commence at 7:30 p.m.

The Christmas Festival, which was inaugurated at Wabash in 1968, alternates music performances, congregational hymns, and Bible readings. It is modeled on the King’s College Festival of Lessons and Carols at Cambridge University, England.

The Christmas Festival will feature songs of the Christmas season, including selections by the Brass Ensemble; by various instrumentalists; and by the Glee Club. The audience will also have the opportunity to join together in singing several Christmas carols during the program.

Additional numbers will be presented by Wamidan, Wabash faculty members, and the T-Tones. Readers for the evening include Wabash students, faculty, and staff.  

The traditional Christmas Festival is co-sponsored by the music and religion departments and is free and open to the public. There will be a reception following the Festival in the Sparks Center.


A Christmas Festival podcast

The Dec. 3 edition of the “Wabash On My Mind” podcast talks to three people largely responsible for planning and production of the annual Christmas Festival, coordinator Minde Mills, music director Reed Spencer, and master of ceremonies David Blix ’70. The three describe how to keep this event fresh year-to-year and the importance of the reception’s afterglow to the season. Just click the red arrow in the graphic below to enjoy.