Wheaton College Christmas Festival 2023: Let the Stable Still Astonish
Celebrate the glory of Jesus’s birth with the annual Wheaton College Christmas Festival, “Let the Stable Still Astonish,” hosted by the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music .
Inspired by Leslie Leyland Field’s poem, Let the Stable Still Astonish, the concert features performances by the Wheaton College Concert Choir, Gospel Choir, Men’s Glee Club, Women’s Chorale, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and Zoe’s Feet! The program will include audience sing-alongs, a cappella carols, extravagant instrumental music, and more. Start your holiday season with this extraordinary Christmas concert!
Dates and Times
- Friday, December 1, 2023 at 7:30
- Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 4:00
- Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 7:30
The concerts will run approximately 75 minutes long with no intermission.
All concerts will be held in Edman Memorial Chapel, located on the northeast corner of Washington and Franklin streets in Wheaton.
- Tickets will be available to the public on October 19 at 10:00 a.m.
- Prices range from $15-$25 per ticket.
Led by Dr. John William Trotter Wheaton College Concert Choir is made up of approximately fifty young women and men with a passion for choral music.
This ensemble performs complex choral pieces with original arrangements to provide an ideal performance venue for experienced and motivated choral singers whose goal is to make music at a high level.
Known for its tradition, The Men’s Glee Club (MGC) continues to involve men in life-changing experiences. Founded in 1907, the group is comprised of around 60 men who hail from many different areas of study and many different parts of the world. Over the past 100+ years, this brotherhood has developed a rich cultural heritage including a custom of members referring to each other as "Old Man".
The Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra is comprised of 75+ students. This group of dedicated musicians seeks to learn and perform excellent orchestral repertoire from the 18th century to the present, with the ultimate aim of glorifying God and ministering to others.
Comprised of over sixty students representing many states and a variety of academic majors, the Chorale's central goal is to worship God with its musical offerings, to uplift audiences through shared ministry, and to enrich the college experience for ensemble members.
The Wheaton College Symphonic Band is an all-campus ensemble of 45-60 musicians performing traditional and contemporary wind band music. The band has maintained a tradition of music excellence at Wheaton College for over 125 years. It is a remarkable mix of music and liberal arts majors who enjoy close community and sharing their musical gifts with others.
Founded in the fall of 1972 by Kathleen Kastner, the first concert of the Percussion Ensemble was presented in May of 1973 in Pierce Chapel, as part of the Creative Arts Festival. Since that time, more than 200 students have participated in the ensemble, including music majors, as well as many liberal arts students.
The Wheaton College Gospel Choir was formed in 1986 by students who shared a desire to worship God through black Gospel music. Ranging from various backgrounds and cultures, these students, under the direction of Tanya Egler, director, have expanded their campus ministry to include churches, homeless shelters, schools, and prisons in the Chicagoland area. From its inception, the Gospel Choir has always been an intentionally diverse choir of women and men praising God.
Zoe’s Feet was started in 1998 as a club but has since grown to become a Ministry Team within Ministry & Evangelism. Our vision is to invite Wheaton College students and the broader community into embodied worship through shows, workshops, and service. Ultimately, Zoe’s Feet is a ministry that seeks to share the good news of Jesus Christ through dance.