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Interior of Duke University Chapel

Come and enjoy our annual holiday concert!

O Holy Night

Friday, December 8, 7:30 pm, at First Presbyterian Church in Durham
Free Admission

Al Sturgis – Sing Noel!
Edwin Fissinger – O shepherds, leave your flocks
Cecilia McDowall – Annunciation
Anton Bruckner – Virga Jesse floruit
Jonathan Willcocks – Wassail Song
John Rutter – Blow, blow, thou winter wind
William Averitt – A boy is born in Bethlehem
Steven Sametz – There is no rose of such virtue
Sametz – Thou Whose Birth
Abbie Betinis – Dormi, Jesu
Carolyn Jennings – I wonder as I wander
Daniel Pinkham – Glory be to God
Jocelyn Hagen – Mother’s Song
Gabriel Jackson – The Christ-Child
Bob Chilcott – My dancing day
Eleanor Daley – The Huron Carol
Vasyl Barvinskïy – Shcho to za predïvo (Oh, What a Wonder)
John Joubert – Hymn to the Virgin


Some rare and intensely beautiful fare that was almost without exception profoundly inspiring and moving, particularly given the magnificence of the singing… We may never take this art for granted, so it’s worthwhile reflecting on how much work goes into it… so what one remembers is the sheer beauty as each of the individual pieces unfold… so pure, so refined was the singing

John Lambert


About VAE

The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham was founded in 1996 by Rodney Wynkoop to provide superior choral performance opportunities for outstanding singers in North Carolina’s Triangle region (Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh). Its 32 members are selected mainly from among musicians who have sung in other choral groups under Dr. Wynkoop’s direction. VAE’s mostly a cappella repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present.

YouTube Channel

Visit the VAE’s YouTube channel to see professionally recorded past live performances, including the 25th Anniversary Concert in Duke Chapel and the 2021 Holiday Concert at First Presbyterian Church.