Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650

Nov. 14, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Perkins School of Theology and Meadows School of the Arts at SMU will present their annual Christmas Worship Service of Nine Lessons and Carols on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 4 and 8 p.m.

The services, which are free and open to the public, will be held in Perkins Chapel, 6001 Bishop Blvd. Parking will be available on Bishop Boulevard.

"This service has a tradition going back more than four decades and signals the beginning of the Christmas season for many in the SMU community as well as for friends of SMU throughout the Dallas area," said C. Michael Hawn, associate professor of church music at Perkins.

Originating in a cathedral in Cornwall, England, in 1888, the service is the retelling of the story of redemption through Jesus Christ with scripture and song.

The 4 p.m. service will feature the Meadows Women's Chorus, under the direction of Timothy Seelig, and the 8 p.m. service will feature The Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas, directed by Cynthia Nott. The Seminary Singers, a 25-voice ensemble from Perkins School of Theology under the direction of Hawn, will sing at both services and Perkins Dean William B. Lawrence will preside.

The Women's Chorus and the Children's Chorus will sing selections from Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols, and the Seminary Singers will sing several traditional selections from Africa, Asia and Europe. Dr. George Baker, assistant university organist for Southern Methodist University, will be the service organist.

For more information contact Michael Hawn at 214/768-2348 or