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Christmas Festival Broadcast Information

Wheaton College IL Christmas Festival

We hope you enjoyed the Wheaton College Christmas Festival!

Every year, the Wheaton College Concert Choir, Women's Chorale, Men's Glee Club, and Symphony Orchestra or Symphonic Band present this grand celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

These ensembles are part of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, one of the premier music programs in the country. 

Watch Christmas Festival on Public Television

Watch Messiah, Prince of Peace, the 2017 Christmas Festival, on WTTW:
  • 12/20/2018, 9:00 pm
  • 12/24/2018, 10:00 pm
Watch Love Divine, the 2016 Christmas Festival, on WTTW Prime:
  • 12/24/18, 4:00 pm

This winter local public television stations around the country will air "Love Divine," the 2016 Wheaton College Christmas Festival. Check the listings below for your local station! 

Enjoy this sample of what you'll hear in the full "Love Divine" program. 

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Love Divine celebrates the advent of Christ with a collection of carols, hymns, and instrumental pieces. With the special guest artist, Claire Holley singing and playing guitar, and the Wheaton College Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Men's Glee Club, Percussion Ensemble, and Women's Chorale performing in tandem, this concert has something to delight everyone in your family!

You will recognize songs like How Deep the Father's Love for Us, played by the Symphonic Band, and Christmas favorites like Angels We Have Heard on High, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and Silent Night.

We hope this Christmas Festival concert will fill you with the joy of the Lord and remind you of his divine love for you.

Messiah, Prince of Peace

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This Christmas Festival concert, Messiah, Prince of Peace tells the incredible Nativity story beginning with the prophecy of his birth and ending with the rejoicing of angels and shepherds. Special guest Stephen Morscheck, Bass-baritone, sings alongside the Wheaton College Concert Choir, Men's Glee Club, Symphony Orchestra, and Women's Chorale.

You are sure to be delighted by the Carol of the Bells played by the Harp Ensemble, O Little Town of Bethlehem by the combined women of the choirs, and O Come All Ye Faithful with all the choirs, the Orchestra, and the organ. Along with these and other Christmas favorites are carols from around the world including a Spanish carol and a Nigerian Christmas song.

We hope you will enjoy this wonderful program and that you will be led to worship our Messiah, the Prince of Peace.

Our Ensembles

Accordion Variant Try 1Led 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.

Accordion VariantKnown 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".

Accordion VariantThe 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.

Accordion VariantComprised 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.

Accordion VariantThe 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.

Accordion VariantFounded 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.