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University Update
As the fall semester ends at the University of Valley Forge (UVF), the institution looks forward to the beginning of a new year and a new semester. Last week, Dr. Byron Klaus, who served as interim president since July of this year, stepped down from his role due to his wife’s health. The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has invited Dr. Ron McManus, to step in as the new interim president beginning in January.
 
Dr. McManus is a respected leader in the Assemblies of God (AG). His background in leadership training will bring strategic knowledge to our university. His experience includes serving as a lead pastor, a district denominational executive, a member of numerous college and seminary boards, and president of a not-for-profit organization. He currently is a member of the AG Coaching Board and is national consultant for the Church Transformation Initiative. As interim president, Dr. McManus will help lead the university through a season of organizational restructuring. 
 
UVF, like most Christian schools, is facing challenging times. In response, administration, faculty, staff and Board of Trustees members have united to build a stronger foundation, and ensure a bright future for our university and its students. A “Task Force for Economic Sustainability,” comprised of finance, business and academic experts has been created and has now begun implementation of a new university strategy and plan. The plan includes organizational restructuring and economic efficiencies. The university is focused on addressing both current needs and preparing for a long and bright future. 
 
UVF is already seeing God’s provision through the support from friends and alumni. Now is the time to help continue this positive momentum, through prayer and/or financial support. 
 
As the UVF Presidential Search Committee makes progress in the selection of the next president, the university remains optimistic about its future. We will continue to focus on our mission to “prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world,” and look forward to a prosperous 2017–2018 academic year. Our UVF Team is “ALL IN” and eager for you to join in continued support of Valley Forge.
 
If you have any questions, please contact UVF’s chief operating officer at COO@valleyforge.edu

University Update
As the fall semester ends at the University of Valley Forge (UVF), the institution looks forward to the beginning of a new year and a new semester. Last week, Dr. Byron Klaus, who served as interim president since July of this year, stepped down from his role due to his wife’s health. The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has invited Dr. Ron McManus, to step in as the new interim president beginning in January.
 
Dr. McManus is a respected leader in the Assemblies of God (AG). His background in leadership training will bring strategic knowledge to our university. His experience includes serving as a lead pastor, a district denominational executive, a member of numerous college and seminary boards, and president of a not-for-profit organization. He currently is a member of the AG Coaching Board and is national consultant for the Church Transformation Initiative. As interim president, Dr. McManus will help lead the university through a season of organizational restructuring. 
 
UVF, like most Christian schools, is facing challenging times. In response, administration, faculty, staff and Board of Trustees members have united to build a stronger foundation, and ensure a bright future for our university and its students. A “Task Force for Economic Sustainability,” comprised of finance, business and academic experts has been created and has now begun implementation of a new university strategy and plan. The plan includes organizational restructuring and economic efficiencies. The university is focused on addressing both current needs and preparing for a long and bright future. 
 
UVF is already seeing God’s provision through the support from friends and alumni. Now is the time to help continue this positive momentum, through prayer and/or financial support. 
 
As the UVF Presidential Search Committee makes progress in the selection of the next president, the university remains optimistic about its future. We will continue to focus on our mission to “prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world,” and look forward to a prosperous 2017–2018 academic year. Our UVF Team is “ALL IN” and eager for you to join in continued support of Valley Forge.
 
If you have any questions, please contact UVF’s chief operating officer at COO@valleyforge.edu

Christmas at Valley Forge 2016

 Christmas at VF 2016
The annual Christmas at Valley Forge concert launched the University of Valley Forge (UVF) campus into the holiday spirit with an astounding show by the Department of Music. Student musicians, in conjunction with local musicians, music department faculty, and the UVF Media Production Team, presented the holiday concert that has become a tradition on campus and in the local community. The concert included performance by the Wind Ensemble, Patriot Bells, Jazz Ensemble and University Choir who performed beloved Christmas classics, including portions of Handel’s Messiah. 
 
The Wind Ensemble began Christmas at Valley Forge with “Sleigh Bells”, a traditional opener for the event, as "snow" fell from the ceiling and a beautiful light show commenced across the walls and ceiling of Flower Chapel. Professor Lee Bilotta, the conductor,  jovially welcomed everyone to the concert, saying, “We hope this will be a great start to your Christmas season.” The Wind Ensemble continued with performances of Emmanuel (Variants arranged by R.E. Foster), Jingle Them Bells, and three Celtic holiday dance tunes. The Wind set list ended with “Holiday Piece,” a favorite Christmas at Valley Forge staple, that gives “Carol of the Bells” a modern twist with a Christmas tree light show, melodic percussion and electric guitar.
 
The Patriot Bells, a Christmas handbell ensemble conducted by Dorothy Brown, performed a beautiful rendition of “Noel, Noel.” They followed with a second song, the more comical “Caroler’s Hoedown,” in which each handbell musician wore a cowboy hat and the bell melody was infused with whistles and claps, to the playful laughter of the audience.
 
The Jazz Ensemble then took the stage with “Winter Wonderland” and "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)." For their performance of “The Christmas Song,” conductor Steve Giunta dedicated the song to the Jazz Ensemble’s pianist Tim Pollick, who is engaged to be married to fellow student Kelly Hartsenveld in mid-December, because it is in Giunta’s opinion “the most romantic Christmas song ever written.” After the song, Giunta spoke briefly to the audience about the structure of jazz concerts, encouraging listeners to interact by clapping in the middle of performances and after solos. When the Jazz Ensemble played their final song “Angels We Have Heard on High”, the audience complied, clapping uproariously after each impressive trumpet and piano solo throughout the performance.
 
William DeSanto, D.M.A., conducted the University Choir next, opening with “Gloria in Excelsis Deo.” The next song, “Ding! Dong! Merrily on High,” was accompanied by a brilliant piano duet performed by Ginger Baker and Derek Wielsma. Desanto said of the performances, “I hope what we have shared has gotten you into the Christmas spirit. … My prayer for you is that Jesus is your hope, joy and peace for the season.” A special men’s quintet made up of Caleb Burke, Nickolas Cummings, Caleb Gudgeon, William Perez and Phillip Warda sang an a cappella rendition of “Goin’ to Bethlehem.” The University Choir then rounded out their first set with performances of “One Child” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful” before beginning the beloved Christmas at Valley Forge Carol Sing. The University Choir led the audience in singing a collection of holiday classics, including “Joy to the World”, “Hark the Herald Angel Sings”, “Silent Night”, and “Away in a Manger”, leading into the intermission.
 
The final portion of Christmas at Valley Forge consisted of the University Choir singing parts of Handel’s celebrated Messiah, including the famous “Hallelujah Chorus” to close out the show. Recitatives and solos were performed by tenor Nickolas Cummings, tenor Phillip Warda, bass Caleb Burke, alto Sarah McAtee, soprano Rachel Guerrieri, soprano Gloria Hrit and soprano Danielle Debley. Choir soprano Victoria Grosvenor noted the worshipful atmosphere of the event’s performances, stating, “What better way to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ than to praise Him with the gift of music He has given us. Every year I look forward to worshiping God during Christmas at Valley Forge.”
 
Throughout the night between orchestral setups, short videos were shown called “What Christmas Means to Me,” featuring UVF students Danielle Debley, Geromie Tidmore, Jessica Bantseev, Brandon Martinelli, Josie Hewlitt, Victoria Grosvenor and Ivana Lash sharing their personal Christmas memories. The overall sentiment behind each testimony was that although the holiday season seems to revolve around gifts, family and food during childhood, a true appreciation of the Christmas season comes when it's acknowledged as a celebration of Jesus Christ incarnate coming to Earth for all humanity. Interim President Byron Klaus, D.Min., followed this motif in his personal take on the Christmas season. After the “Hallelujah Chorus” ended with thunderous applause, he wished everyone a Merry Christmas and shared a brief message about the shepherds who were visited by angels with the news of Jesus’ birth, saying, “A lot of singing tonight came out of Luke’s gospel, chapter two. ... It is the announcement of the angels to the shepherds: I bring you good news, of great joy, which will be to all people.”

View more photos of the event on Facebook »


 Christmas at VF 2016
The annual Christmas at Valley Forge concert launched the University of Valley Forge (UVF) campus into the holiday spirit with an astounding show by the Department of Music. Student musicians, in conjunction with local musicians, music department faculty, and the UVF Media Production Team, presented the holiday concert that has become a tradition on campus and in the local community. The concert included performance by the Wind Ensemble, Patriot Bells, Jazz Ensemble and University Choir who performed beloved Christmas classics, including portions of Handel’s Messiah. 
 
The Wind Ensemble began Christmas at Valley Forge with “Sleigh Bells”, a traditional opener for the event, as "snow" fell from the ceiling and a beautiful light show commenced across the walls and ceiling of Flower Chapel. Professor Lee Bilotta, the conductor,  jovially welcomed everyone to the concert, saying, “We hope this will be a great start to your Christmas season.” The Wind Ensemble continued with performances of Emmanuel (Variants arranged by R.E. Foster), Jingle Them Bells, and three Celtic holiday dance tunes. The Wind set list ended with “Holiday Piece,” a favorite Christmas at Valley Forge staple, that gives “Carol of the Bells” a modern twist with a Christmas tree light show, melodic percussion and electric guitar.
 
The Patriot Bells, a Christmas handbell ensemble conducted by Dorothy Brown, performed a beautiful rendition of “Noel, Noel.” They followed with a second song, the more comical “Caroler’s Hoedown,” in which each handbell musician wore a cowboy hat and the bell melody was infused with whistles and claps, to the playful laughter of the audience.
 
The Jazz Ensemble then took the stage with “Winter Wonderland” and "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)." For their performance of “The Christmas Song,” conductor Steve Giunta dedicated the song to the Jazz Ensemble’s pianist Tim Pollick, who is engaged to be married to fellow student Kelly Hartsenveld in mid-December, because it is in Giunta’s opinion “the most romantic Christmas song ever written.” After the song, Giunta spoke briefly to the audience about the structure of jazz concerts, encouraging listeners to interact by clapping in the middle of performances and after solos. When the Jazz Ensemble played their final song “Angels We Have Heard on High”, the audience complied, clapping uproariously after each impressive trumpet and piano solo throughout the performance.
 
William DeSanto, D.M.A., conducted the University Choir next, opening with “Gloria in Excelsis Deo.” The next song, “Ding! Dong! Merrily on High,” was accompanied by a brilliant piano duet performed by Ginger Baker and Derek Wielsma. Desanto said of the performances, “I hope what we have shared has gotten you into the Christmas spirit. … My prayer for you is that Jesus is your hope, joy and peace for the season.” A special men’s quintet made up of Caleb Burke, Nickolas Cummings, Caleb Gudgeon, William Perez and Phillip Warda sang an a cappella rendition of “Goin’ to Bethlehem.” The University Choir then rounded out their first set with performances of “One Child” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful” before beginning the beloved Christmas at Valley Forge Carol Sing. The University Choir led the audience in singing a collection of holiday classics, including “Joy to the World”, “Hark the Herald Angel Sings”, “Silent Night”, and “Away in a Manger”, leading into the intermission.
 
The final portion of Christmas at Valley Forge consisted of the University Choir singing parts of Handel’s celebrated Messiah, including the famous “Hallelujah Chorus” to close out the show. Recitatives and solos were performed by tenor Nickolas Cummings, tenor Phillip Warda, bass Caleb Burke, alto Sarah McAtee, soprano Rachel Guerrieri, soprano Gloria Hrit and soprano Danielle Debley. Choir soprano Victoria Grosvenor noted the worshipful atmosphere of the event’s performances, stating, “What better way to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ than to praise Him with the gift of music He has given us. Every year I look forward to worshiping God during Christmas at Valley Forge.”
 
Throughout the night between orchestral setups, short videos were shown called “What Christmas Means to Me,” featuring UVF students Danielle Debley, Geromie Tidmore, Jessica Bantseev, Brandon Martinelli, Josie Hewlitt, Victoria Grosvenor and Ivana Lash sharing their personal Christmas memories. The overall sentiment behind each testimony was that although the holiday season seems to revolve around gifts, family and food during childhood, a true appreciation of the Christmas season comes when it's acknowledged as a celebration of Jesus Christ incarnate coming to Earth for all humanity. Interim President Byron Klaus, D.Min., followed this motif in his personal take on the Christmas season. After the “Hallelujah Chorus” ended with thunderous applause, he wished everyone a Merry Christmas and shared a brief message about the shepherds who were visited by angels with the news of Jesus’ birth, saying, “A lot of singing tonight came out of Luke’s gospel, chapter two. ... It is the announcement of the angels to the shepherds: I bring you good news, of great joy, which will be to all people.”

View more photos of the event on Facebook »


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