Lake Erie College presents annual Christmas Vespers: Pre-concert reception to take place at the Steele Mansion


Lake Erie College will present its annual Christmas Vespers on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Paul S. Weaver Memorial Auditorium of the Helen Rockwell Morley Memorial Music Building on campus.

The concert will begin with Flor Peeters’ exciting Entrata Festiva, with Dr. Mark Bell, College Organist Emeritus, and a brass quartet with Dr. Bryan DePoy, vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer, performing on trumpet. The Lake Erie College Student and Community Chorus, under the direction of Mary Crow, will perform Christmas carols from Poland, Germany, England and the United States by Michael Praetorius, Johann Kuhnau, Bernard de la Monnoye and arranger Mack Wilberg.

Two LEC voice students of Robert Godfrey will be performing in the concert as well: Kailey Blasius ’16 will be singing "Cantique de Nöel" and Taylor Miller ’19 will present "The Birthday of a King.” Piano faculty instructor Sandi Kearns and her son, Ryan Kearns ’12, violinist, will perform together on Romance by Amy Beach, and they will join forces with Robert Godfrey, baritone, to perform Pietro A. Yon’s Gesù Bambino. Taylor Miller will also provide a holiday reading.

The Lake Erie College Flute Choir, under the direction of Judith Elias, will perform the Advent carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” arranged by Ricky Lombaro, “Pat-a-Pan,” arranged by Sondra Tucker and “Sugarplums and Mistletoe” by Michael Isaacson. The flute choir will collaborate with Dr. Bell on the old French carol “What Is This Lovely Fragrance?” arranged by Healy Willan, and arranged for flute choir by Judith Elias. Dr. Bell and Ms. Elias will perform the Irish carol “Wexford Carol” arranged for flute and organ by David Evan Thomas. The chorus will invite the audience to join them on traditional Christmas carols with Dr. Bell as organist. Dr. Bell will also perform “Carillon on a Ukrainian Bell Carol” by Gerald Near as the Postlude. 

The Christmas Vespers concert is free and open to the public. Preceding the event, the Alumni Association of Lake Erie College invites all to attend a pre-concert reception at the Steele Mansion, located at 348 Mentor Ave., across the street from campus. For $10 per person, guests can enjoy a self-guided tour through the newly renovated home as well as hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Please contact the Steele Mansion Inn and Gathering Hub at 440-639-7948 to make reservations to attend the pre-concert reception.

For more information on Christmas Vespers at Lake Erie College, contact Judith Elias, director of the LEC Flute Choir, at

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