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Long tradition of Christmas Vespers continues at Lake Erie College


The pageantry and festive spirit of Christmas Vespers have sustained it for nearly a century as an annual tradition at Lake Erie College, and the program returns on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. to the Morley Music Building. The concert will feature the Lake Erie College Community Chorus, the Flute Choir, the Skinner organ and members of Lake Erie faculty, students and alumni.


Christmas Vespers is one of the oldest traditions of the College, dating back to the early 1900s. The pageantry of Vespers is still presented in its original format and spirit dating back to the programs that use to occur every Sunday on campus.


The program will present seasonal concert works by such composers as Bach, Corelli, Daquin, Leontovich, Mathias, Persichetti, Rutter and Yon – as well as a number of more traditional sing-along carols. The concert will include faculty solo performances by organist, Dr. Mark Bell; flautist/arranger, Judith Elias; mezzo-soprano, Jean Priddy; composer/pianist, Paul Gothard and a seasonal “fireside” reading by Dr. Jerry Jaffe, professor of theatre. Lake Erie senior, Sarah Uveges, will appear as student vocal soloist.


In the spirit of the season, the concert is presented free, as the College’s gift to the community. No reservations are required. For more information, please contact Paul Gothard, at 440.375.7030 at


Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,300 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 33 undergraduate majors and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.





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