Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year! I hope the warmth and joy of the winter season has found you well and continues strongly into 2013.
Fall semester, 2012, came in like a lion and went out like a really tired lion. The Evening of Readings and Carols was a stunning celebration set in the majestic Princeton University Chapel. The size and grandeur of the space provides a sort of time capsule for the performance, and it is easy to feel connected to many generations of memories through the music. It is a very special performance and is especially meaningful for the undergraduate students who revel each year in this Westminster hallmark. Because of conflicting rehearsal schedules, many juniors and seniors in Symphonic Choir were not able to participate in Readings and Carols as performers this year and were very sad to miss singing the collective carols. (Imagine for a moment the entirety of Princeton Chapel, three Westminster Choirs, and the Princeton Girlchoir all singing together with brass and organ and you can understand their disappointment.) A few sought out the conducting faculty to get permission to join the choir in the lofts during the carol-singing. These students donned full performance attire and were invisible in the performance but lifted their voices in song nonetheless. I couldn’t help but grin when I saw them in the back of the loft; they were such a great example of the Westminster student body. They are busy individuals with demanding academic and performance schedules who took what should have been a night free of obligation, dressed completely in performance attire – including the obligatory black folders full of music – and ‘sneaked in’ to sing. Love it.