ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir and Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church will share the Christmas message with the annual presentation of Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 6 at DMPC. This year’s program, “Canticles in Candlelight” by Joseph M. Martin, conveys the story of Jesus’s birth through music, scripture, narration and flickering candles.
The choir, under the direction of Liz Marshall-MacVean and accompanied by Donna Baroudi-Huffman, will participate in the lighting of Advent candles and present “Prepare and Celebrate,” “Advent Longing,” “Awake! Arise! Rejoice!,” “Carols of Joy and Hope,” “A Christmas Madrigal,” “Turn your Heart to Christmas” and “Beautiful Name.” Senior Jamey Perrine of Rock Cave will perform a solo and sophomore Robert Fields of Pecks Mill and senior Matthew Weintraub of Lewisburg will perform a duet. Elkins residents Deborah Super, Rose Harvey, Joyce Hutton and Belinda Coberly will accompany the choir on handbells.
Highlighting the program will be a Christmas message presented by Benfield-Vick Chaplain the Rev. Laura Brekke Wagoner, a welcome by DMPC Pastor the Rev. Dr. Peter Vial and benediction by Davis & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood.
Members of the Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir are: junior Megan Augustine of Slidell, Louisiana; freshman Vanessa Collette of Beverly; sophomore Ashley Delich of Johnstown, Pennsylvania; sophomore Jennifer Digman of Elkins; sophomore Cassidy Eash Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Fields; freshman Nathaniel Fornash of Huntington; freshman Trevor Gauckler of Charles Town; junior Megan Huffnagel of Elkins; freshman Emilie Johns of Philippi; junior Lauren Lunemann of New Milton; senior Shannen McClure of Marlinton; senior Stewart Alan McGraw of Hinton; Perrine; freshman Sierra Petry of Charleston; freshman Hope Roy of Parsons; freshman Andrew Shand of Napier, New Zealand; junior Hannah Shiflett of Beverly; senior MacKinzie Smith of Renick; senior Joshua Thompson of Parsons; and Weintraub.
A reception will follow in the DMPC Fellowship Hall. The evening’s offering will go toward local food pantries.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.
Photo Caption: The alto section, part of the 21-member Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir, rehearse for the annual presentation of Lessons and Carols. Titled “Canticles in Candlelight” by Joseph M. Martin, the program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, December 6 at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church.