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JSU music fraternities coming together to bring Christmas to Mason Hall

11/29/2012

This Saturday, December 1st, three music fraternities at Jacksonville State University will be coming together to give a Christmas concert.

The concert is free to students and members of the surrounding community, and has been organized by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi and Sigma Alpha Iota.

The fraternities began the tradition of a “Christmas at Mason Hall” concert last year.

According to Dr. Legare McIntosh, head of the David L. Walters Department of Music, the concert began as a way for music students to “make their own contribution” to the holiday season.

“This year, they decided to continue the tradition,” said Dr. McIntosh. “The program is planned to be a relaxing and enjoyable one to highlight the family context of the season before exams start next week,” he continued.

Various ensembles from each fraternity will be performing holiday-themed music, as well as soloists and some joint numbers.

“It’s an opportunity for all of us to come together and share what we all have in common—music,” said Christina Booker, who is music director for Sigma Alpha Iota.

“We’ve got some classic carols, like ‘Do You Hear What I Hear,’ and some of our girls will be doing pieces by Amy Grant,” said Booker.

“We will also be doing a joint piece with the ladies of Kappa Kappa Psi called ‘Breath of Heaven,’ she continued. “That’s something we started doing last year, and hope to keep going in the future.”

Ashley Boyd, who is music director for Kappa Kappa Psi, says that the fraternities have been planning this concert since the beginning of the semester.

Not only will the fraternities be coming together to perform, but the audience will be included, too: “There will be a sing-along portion of the program, when the audience can all join in and sing with us,” said Boyd.

“Christmas at Mason Hall promises to be a wonderful concert, and is sure to get everyone in the Christmas mood,” she continued.

The concert will end with a joint performance of “Carol of the Bells” given by members of all three fraternities.

Robbie Rockwell, who is music director for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, was unavailable for comment.

The event begins at 3:00 PM in the Mason Hall Performance Center, and a small reception will follow its conclusion.

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