The college’s annual Service of Lessons and Carols, a Christmas service of readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols that culminates in a candle lighting ceremony, will be held in the campus Vassar Chapel on Sunday, December 2, beginning at 7:00pm. This popular event is free and open to the public. The doors will open at 6:30pm, with seating on a first-come first-served basis. A free will offering will also be taken to support two local non-profit agencies, Dutchess Outreach and the Rural and Migrant Ministry, through the college's annual Community Works fundraising campaign (see communityworks.vassar.edu/).
Rev. Samuel Speers, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and Associate Dean of Campus Life, said, “We encourage people to arrive early to this very popular event, which usually fills our almost 1000-seat chapel to capacity.”
The program, co-sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Department of Music, will feature an ensemble of 170 singers, including members of the Vassar College Choir, Vassar College Women’s Chorus, the Madrigal Singers, and the Cappella Festiva Treble and Chamber Choir. In addition to performing carols by Bob Chilcott, Eleanor Daley, Anna Laura Page, Thomas Ravenscroft, John Rutter, Timothy Takach, the choir will premier "Four Fibs," a work combining poetry by A.E. Stallings and music by professor Jonathan Chenette, the college’s Dean of the Faculty.
The Lessons and Carol Choir is jointly led by Christine Howlett, director of choral activities at Vassar College, Drew Minter, a Vassar faculty member who conducts the Vassar College Madrigal Singers, and Susan Bialek, conductor of the Cappella Festiva Treble Choir and a Vassar alumna. Vassar organist and faculty member Gail Archer will play the chapel’s Gress-Miles organ at the service. In addition, Vassar students and members of the broader Vassar and Poughkeepsie communities will present Advent and Christmas scriptural readings.
Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.
Vassar College is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and directions to the campus can be found at www.vassar.edu/directions.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.