Goshen College presents 20th annual ‘Festival of Carols’ musical celebration

Event: “A Festival of Carols”
Location: Music Center, Sauder Concert Hall
Dates/times: Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. (the Sunday afternoon performance will be live-streamed at goshen.edu/livestream)
Tickets: $16 per person ($5 for GC students); Purchase tickets online at goshen.edu/tickets.

GOSHEN, IND. — Goshen College is pleased to announce the 20th annual musical celebration of Christmas, “A Festival of Carols,” taking place on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. in the Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall. The event promises a cheerful experience for the Goshen College community, bringing together the talents of four choirs and an orchestra in a festive celebration of the holiday season.

“A Festival of Carols” is a heartwarming presentation patterned on a traditional English worship service, featuring Christmas carols, spirituals, scripture readings and sacred musical works. Sauder Concert Hall will be transformed into a winter wonderland, adorned with garlands, lights and trees, creating a magical atmosphere for all attendees.

The stellar lineup of performers includes the Goshen College Chamber Choir, Vox Profundi, Voices of the Earth, Goshen College Symphony Orchestra and Shout For Joy Children’s Choir. Roz Woll, assistant professor of music, and Scott Hochstetler, professor of music, lead the Goshen College choirs, while Richard Brunson, associate professor of music, directs the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra and Sandy Hill guides the Shout For Joy Children’s Choir.

Audience participation is a key feature of the event, with attendees invited to join the choirs in singing familiar carols during the performance. This interactive element adds a communal touch to the festivities, making “A Festival of Carols” an engaging experience for everyone.

For those unable to attend in person, the Sunday afternoon performance will be live-streamed on Goshen College’s website (goshen.edu/livestream), ensuring that the joy and spirit of the event can be shared with a wider audience.

“A Festival of Carols” promises to captivate hearts, uplift spirits and usher in the holiday season with warmth and joy.

Tickets are $16 per person ($5 for GC students) and can be purchased at the college’s box office and online by visiting goshen.edu/tickets.

Goshen College is a nationally-ranked college and Hispanic-Serving Institution in Indiana renowned for its distinctive hands-on, real-world educational opportunities, and its commitment to creating positive change in the community and the world. Located in the vibrant City of Goshen, the college offers over 65 undergraduate areas of study; as well as best-in-class graduate programs in nursing, business administration, social work and environmental education. This caring, safe and diverse campus prides itself on providing excellent academic programs that connect arts with sciences, and theory with practice — exposing students to multiple perspectives and encouraging them to think deeply, live creatively and lead purposefully.