Christmas

Happy Holidays from Drury University

Two Drury traditions: Christmas Vespers and Allin Sorenson

Drury University will celebrate its annual Christmas Vespers series on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. in Stone Chapel. The service features both traditional and contemporary Christmas music with readings and music illuminating the texts from Nine Lessons and Carols.

Dr. Sorenson conducting a past Vespers concert

Not only is this holiday tradition a delight for the audience, but this year also marks Music Department Chair and Conductor Allin Sorenson’s 25th anniversary with Drury. Since being hired in1988, Sorenson has conducted over 100 concerts and taught well over a thousand students. “I don’t know where the time went,” said Sorenson. “It’s been a wonderful place to work, primarily because of the great students and faculty. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.”

Sorenson came to Drury in 1988 as the Director of Choral Activities. He still holds that title as well as department chair. For a quarter century, Vespers has been a part of Sorenson’s life and that reality may not sink in until Sunday’s performance.

“I suspect it will hit me during Silent Night. It’s always an emotional moment for me when I’m conducting and the choir surrounds the audience with candles. It’s my favorite moment,” Sorenson said.

Vespers will be performed by:

  • Drury Singers and Chamber Choir, directed by Allin Sorenson
  • Drury Concert Choir, directed by Mark Lawley
  • Stanton Strings
  • Earline Moulder on the organ
  • Brass Quintet, directed by Tijuana Julian
  • Sungsil Kim, piano
  • Angel McGlasson, oboe

The Christmas Vespers concert is a very popular attraction, and audiences are advised to arrive early for a seat. Admission is free and the performance is open to the public. For additional information contact the Drury Music Department at 417-873-7291.

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Story by Amber Perdue, a senior advertising and public relations major at Drury.