Nov. 15, 2006


DALLAS, TX (SMU) – The annual Christmas Worship Service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be held at 4 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, in Perkins Chapel on the campus of Southern Methodist University. 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. Admission is free. Parking will be available on Bishop Boulevard or in the parking garage beneath the Meadows Museum. For more information contact C. Michael Hawn, professor of Church Music at Perkins and director of the Master of Sacred Music Program, at 214-768-2502 or

This service will feature the 30-voice Concert Choir, from the Meadows School of the Arts, under the direction of Alfred Calabrese, director of Choral Activities at SMU. The Seminary Singers, a 25-voice ensemble from Perkins School of Theology, under the direction of Hawn, will also sing. Dean William B. Lawrence will preside.

This event marks the debut of Dr. Christopher Anderson, associate professor of Sacred Music, as organist. Anderson assumed this role at the beginning of the 2006 fall semester. A graduate of SMU with the Master of Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology and the Master of Music in organ performance (Class of ’91) from Meadows School of the Arts, Anderson continued his studies in Germany and received a Ph.D. from Duke University. His teacher and mentor, Dr. Robert Anderson, professor of Organ Emeritus at SMU, served as the organist for this service for 35 years.

The service will include traditional music for Advent and Christmas such as recent compositions by Joel Martinson and Stephen Caracciolo, earlier settings by Gustav Holst and Michael Praetorius, as well as music from around the world, including Argentina, Taiwan and Russia. The Seminary Singers will premiere a new composition written for the group by local composer, Michael E. Ekbladh, on the carol “People, Look East.”

Perkins School of Theology is one of five University-related official schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. The school was founded in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church South, now The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Church Ministries, Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry degree, as well as the Ph.D. in cooperation with SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

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Roberta Cox
Tele. 214-768-2335