NWF State College's Schola Cantorum & Youth Symphony Present Free Holiday Programs


Christmas Old and New

The Northwest Florida State College Schola Cantorum, translated School of Singing, will present a series of free concerts titled "Christmas Old and New" in several locations in December. On Wednesday, December 3 at 7:00 pm, the group will perform at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar; on Sunday, December 7 at 6:30 pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Walton Beach; on Monday, December 15 at 7:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Crestview; and a final performance on Wednesday, December 17 at 7:00 pm at St. Simon's-on-the Sound Episcopal Church in Fort Walton Beach. The program consists of music from across the ages and is mostly unaccompanied by instruments.

The NWF State College Schola Cantorum is a 12 member select chorus comprised of a diverse group of singers from over the two county area and has performing throughout the region since 2000. The group is directed by John Leatherwood, an emeritus music professor at the college. For more information call 830-2062.

Youth Orchestra & Junior Orchestra Perform Free Concert December 7

The Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and the newly-formed Junior Orchestra of Northwest Florida State College will perform a free concert on Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. on the main stage of the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center at NWF State College in Niceville. The performance will include music by Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Copland along with some favorite Holiday selections.

Prior to the concert, the Northwest Florida Symphony Guild's Student Enrichment Committee will host a Silent Auction and Raffle from 1:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. There is no cost to enjoy this fun event, but please bring your checkbook and bid generously to support these wonderful young musicians!

The Junior Orchestra is a string ensemble comprised of young string students with at least 2 years of experience in grades 4 to 8 from Okaloosa and Walton Counties. The group is a stepping stone to the more advanced Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and is the only program of its kind in the area. The Youth Orchestra is comprised of 50 talented students in grades 5-12 from Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties. Both ensembles are conducted by Liz Aylor, who is also the director of the Symphonic String's program in Okaloosa County.

The groups are sponsored in part by Northwest Florida State College and the Northwest Florida Symphony Guild. For more information on the performance or either of the performing groups please contact the NWF State College Fine Arts Office at 729-5382 or Liz Aylor at 651-4308. For more information concerning the Silent Auction please contact Theresa Dennis at 621-4093.

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