Christmas at Valley Forge 2014

by Office of Marketing | Dec 12, 2014
Christmas at Valley Forge 2014
The University of Valley Forge (UVF) celebrated the Christmas season with an annual concert performed by its Department of Music. And as tradition holds, the campus sidewalks were lined with luminary candles and trees displayed white lights. In addition, Christmas music echoed over the entire campus from the cupola tower that sits above the Harrup Administration building. Family members and guests from the surrounding communities were welcomed into the Flower Chapel to enjoy the festive performances. 
The opening began with a creative and pleasing performance from UVF’s Wind Ensemble, conducted by Department of Digital Media chair Leone Bilotta. The ensemble’s special rendition of Jay Dawson’s arrangement, “Holiday Piece,” was accompanied by a light show with the assistance of UVF’s digital media students. The crowd was especially thrilled to watch this performance as it brought to life the familiar Christmas medley and precisely matched the syncopation of sound to light. 
As the evening merrily unfolded, guests were enlightened by students’ views about Christmas through a series of original short videos directed by UVF assistant professor Dominick Garcia. The videos were displayed on the chapel screens between each set. Various students from the Department of Music spoke about their special Christmas traditions at home as well as their overall views of what Christmas means to them.
The hand bell ensemble, The Patriot Bells, enchanted the audience with two Christmas arrangements conducted by adjunct faculty member Dorothy Brown.  Following their performance with a few feel-good holiday tunes was UVF’s Jazz Ensemble. The audience enjoyed a seasonal mix of jazz Christmas arrangements, and a memorable jingle from the award winning movie, "The Polar Express", titled “Hot Chocolate.” 

Taking the stage next with a graceful portrayal of holiday cheer was UVF’s revered University Choir. Music majors junior Jaron Beadle, junior David Cooper, senior Gavin Harper and senior Nick LaMendola performed an uptempo a capella quartet arrangement of “Silent Night” followed by a stylish performance of Amy Grant’s “Breath of Heaven” by sophomore Limaris Mendoza. Before exiting to the Anvil for a time of fellowship and refreshments during intermission, the audience was led by the University Choir in a few well known Christmas carols.
Following intermission, the University Choir continued to move its audience into the Christmas spirit by performing several excerpts from the classic Oratorio, Handel’s “Messiah.” Harper and Beadle joined talented vocalists senior Kayleigh Smith, senior Megan Murphy, senior Elizabeth Harbison and sophomore Zoe Tanner as featured soloists within the recital. Also included in several of the involved ensembles throughout the night were several of UVF’s faculty members and guest musicians: Malcolm Brubaker, Ph.D., Kathy Terragnoli, Bryan Edgett, Ph.D., Steve Giunta, Tony Bilotta, Kevin Beery, Ph.D., Tara Harvey, Kent Smith, Jennifer DeSanto, Ron Lipscomb and Barbara Jaffe. 
President Don Meyer, Ph.D., expressed sincere appreciation to the Department of Music chair, William DeSanto, Ph.D., as well as the department's other faculty members — Lee Bilotta, Floyd Richmond, Ph.D., and Kent Smith — who gave so generously of their time and talent. Before wishing all a merry Christmas, he spoke hopefully about this Christmas season by saying, “We live in a world that lacks peace. As we move into the Christmas season, let's pray that the peace of God found in the Prince of Peace would transcend through our lives to bring hope to this world.”
All who attended were reminded of the true meaning of Christmas as they treasured the company of family and friends and celebrated the birth of Christ. Congratulations to all who contributed in making this UVF tradition a memorable part of this year's holiday season!

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