June 18, 2024

Gordon College Hosts 33rd Annual Christmas Gala

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Bringing together the community surrounding Gordon, the Annual Christmas Gala features the entire Department of Music’s choral and instrumental ensembles. The Gala launched the Christmas season at Gordon on December 1st and 2nd along with a campus tree lighting on the 2nd. For the 33rd time, Gordon featured their students’ talent to create a beautiful campus event full of music, scripture readings, and the love of Christ reflecting the birth of Jesus. 

 Choir Director Dr. Minji Kim said that the most rewarding element of the Gala is being able to “share the truth through music.” As director, she recognizes that within the countless hours of rehearsal, the performance itself results in “a blessing to be able to share.” Dr. Kim went on to note that she is “sure there will be some nonbelievers who know about the wonderfulness of Christmas, but not actually believing in what we are singing about.” Gordon’s Department of Music shares the same goal in delivering the greatest gift of truth through song. 

“The most special part about singing around this time of year is just bringing joy to everyone and being able to sing to people around the community and spreading the joy of Christmas and the joy of the Lord’s birth,” Alivia Geraghty ‘27 of Women’s Choir shared. “It’s really special to just be able to do that with everyone here.” Daniel Baer ‘27 on percussion added that playing is “a great way to convey the joy and even just the reverence for the birth of Christ and this wonderful miracle.” 

Behind the scenes, Debrah Hernandez ‘27 of College Choir noted that the group “had a lot of pieces [they’ve] been working on,” with which they “all want to make Dr. Kim proud, and Gordon proud.” Geraghty added that, “there are definitely a lot of words in these songs and [it’s difficult] memorizing all of the lyrics.” This makes her most nervous about performing; and it is certainly a shared anxiety between the ensembles. Baer shared his acknowledgement on “how important [the Gala] is to the community and how important it is to the college in general”.  

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