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Christmas Showcase – a Holiday Gift

Thursday, December 11, 2008

 

Corban’s Music Department recently offered alumni and other guests a cheerful way to open the holiday season with their presentation of  “A Christmas Showcase.”

Approximately 1,300 guests received the gift of music presented over the span of three performances.

The students’ musicianship engaged audiences who were given a pre-concert surround-sound taste of Christmas carols by ensembles that were scattered throughout the building, and in some cases, outside the building. 

The program, featuring full resonating orchestra, band, and choirs, was a gift to the singers and instrumentalists who enjoyed performing as much as the audiences loved listening.  The favorite aspect for bass Josh Brumfield (freshman, Dallas, Ore.) was “everybody performing together!”

Flutist Katherine Dougherty (sophomore, Gresham, Ore.) distinguishes, “The performances are the best--after we work hard all semester, we are told to enjoy ourselves, and so we do!”

Orchestra Director John Bartsch, whose “Silent Night” and “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” arrangements held strong appeal, is grateful for the fine musicians at Corban this year.  He also said concert-goers’ response has been better than ever.  “Not that we didn’t do well in the past—but this is a highlight in people’s minds expressed as ‘pretty nice’.”

Chairman of the Music Department Dan Shuholm expresses, “Feedback continues to reflect appreciation for the growth and quality of our music department.”

The program’s growth is attracting alumni from all over the Willamette Valley, said Deleen Wills, Director of Alumni.  Alumni from as far away as Vancouver, Eugene, and even the Coast came for this year’s festivities.  Before the Saturday concert, President Hoff hosted over 100 alumni at the third Annual Soiree.  They ate hors d’oeuvres, mingled, and then attended the concert together.  Wills is thrilled to see that several have embraced the event as their holiday tradition.

The concerts were free for community enjoyment, but perhaps the best part of this Christmas gift was the development of the young performers. Music Department Administrative Assistant Hilary Brown states, “While they’re developing music skills, they’re also very aware that they are creating something that glorifies God.”