Nov. 13, 2019
The choral department in the Northern Arizona University School of Music is celebrating its 45th Annual Holiday Dinner Dec. 5-8 in the duBois Center ballroom.
This festive four-night event is a sit-down dinner by candlelight featuring music performed by all the NAU choirs, the handbell choir, featured soloists, brass and percussion ensemble and organ.
The first Holiday Dinner was held in 1974. Through the years, many aspects of the dinner have remained the same. Guests arrive and are escorted by the men of the choirs up the stairs to the duBois ballroom, where each choir sings a set of holiday music and choir members serve dinner to those in attendance.
“A number of changes have happened over the 45 years, but there has always been one constant—dedicated students who give their time and talent to share their love of singing and the meaningful music of the season,” said Edith Copley, director of choral studies at NAU. Copley has been at NAU for 30 years, and has been involved in the coordination of the Holiday Dinner for many years. This year’s celebration will be Copley’s last—she will retire from NAU at the end of this school year.
Tickets are $80 per person and may be purchased online through the NAU Central Ticketing Office. All proceeds from the holiday dinners support students in the form of student scholarships and travel funds.
For more information, contact the School of Music at (928)-523-3731.