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A song in celebration of the season

December 22, 2015

For the 18th year, the Annual Northern Illinois University Holiday Choral Concert filled Boutell Memorial Concert Hall at the campus’ music building with the gorgeous, seasonal music.

NIU’s Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and University Chorus performed along with the DeKalb Community School of the Arts Children’s Choir and the DeKalb Festival Chorus at the Ensemble Recital Series Dec. 6.

More than 150 singers and musicians performed songs selected to highlight celebration, praise and joyfulness, said Eric A. Johnson, director of choral activities at NIU’s school of music.

“Through music, we are finding ways to call out for peace and unity,” he added.

Featured in this video is Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Cantata 191: Gloria in Excelsis” performed by Chamber Choir and instrumentalists from NIU.

Chamber Choir members:
Soprano: Deanna Frances, Jeanne Mingus, Brittani Moore, Xitlaly Serrato; alto: Elaine Bennington, Alex Dawe, Nicole Tolentino, Bailey Wulf; tenor: Ryan Fry, Christopher Jackson, Evan Suitts, Gavin Tidaback; bass: Joseph Domino, Mick Gehr, Christopher Hagendorn and Jordan Pedigo.

Ensemble players: Hanna Bingham, Joanna Nerius, violin; Carolyn Snyder, viola; Kayla Steger, cello; Joe LaRocca, Jian-An Kuo, flute; Vicki Long, bassoon; Marianne Kim, harpsichord; Brady Gaskin, Taylor Beekman, Sam Oliveri, trumpet; Kyle Flens, timpani

The Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and University Chorus will perform 3 p.m., March 6, at Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU’s music building. Visit the school of music calendar for more information.