Tickets for annual Christmas Vespers performance available on Nov. 7

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 24, 2014 — Fans of Christmas traditions will want to mark two upcoming dates on their calendars. Tickets for Drury’s annual Christmas Vespers choral concert will become available in two weeks, beginning Friday, Nov. 7. Due to high demand in recent years, there will again be two Vespers performances this year at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 in Stone Chapel.

Vespers candles

Tickets will be available via the Drury website at Tickets are free of charge; however, there is a limit of four per order. Tickets must be ordered online and cannot be reserved by phone. Guests will need to print their tickets and bring them to the concert for admission. In-town guests are encouraged to attend the 7 p.m. performance; out-of-town guests, such as parents of Drury students, are encouraged to attend the 3 p.m. performance. Vespers is a celebration of classic carols such as “Silent Night” and “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” and has taken place at Drury for more than 60 years.

“Vespers is a wonderful opportunity for Drury to give something back to the community at this special time of year,” says Dr. Allin Sorenson, music department chair. “We are honored to be part of such a long standing and respected tradition.”

Doors will open 30 minutes before the performances and guests are encouraged to arrive early to get the best seats.

Video highlights from the 2013 Vespers performance can be viewed online. For more information regarding the event, call the Drury Music Department at (417) 873-7296.


Happy Holidays from Drury University

Drury will have two Vespers services in December

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 15, 2013 — Drury’s annual Christmas Vespers will feature two performances this year on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Tickets will be required for the event; however, they are free of charge and can be reserved online by filling out the ticket request form.  Once the request has been processed, tickets will be mailed to the address listed.  Tickets cannot be picked up at the door.

The Vespers Christmas service will feature a candlelight ceremony and music from both the Drury Singers and Concert Choir.  Dr. Allin Sorenson, the director of Drury Singers, said, “I’m excited that this has grown to the point where we require two services to accommodate everyone. We’ve had to turn people away in the past—it’s one of the most popular events in town.”  Sorenson encourages local residents to attend the later concert because many out-of-town guests will need to attend the earlier service.

Video highlights from the 2012 Vespers performance can be viewed here.

For questions regarding the event, email or call Nancy Johnston, (417) 873-7296.


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.


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

Drury’s Christmas Vespers is Sunday, Dec. 4

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 28, 2011 — The annual Drury University Christmas Vespers service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. in Stone Chapel. The service includes both traditional and contemporary Christmas music, punctuated by the reading of The Christmas Story by Drury faculty members Natalie Wlodarczyk, Roger Young and Drury Chaplain Peter Browning.

Music will be performed by:

  • Drury Singers and Chamber Choir, directed by Allin Sorenson
  • Drury Concert Choir, directed by Mark Lawley
  • Drury Brass Quintet, directed by Tijuana Julian
  • Stanton Strings
  • Nancy Dygart on the harp
  • Earline Moulder on the organ

Drury's Christmas Vespers in Stone Chapel

Christmas Vespers is very popular. It is suggested that people arrive early because the chapel tends to fill up quickly. Following the performance there will be a reception, sponsored by the Drury Alumni and Development Office and the Drury Music Department, in the chapel lounge.

Admission is free. For additional information contact the Music Department at (417) 873-7291.

Dr. Allin Sorenson
Music Department Chair
Office: (417) 873-7296