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The show will run approximately 90 minutes
with no intermission.

Any video and/or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

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From the President
Rick Trietley

Dear Arts Patrons,

Welcome to the Viterbo University 2022–23 performing arts season. Whether it be for a Bright Star, Conservatory for the Performing Arts, or Weber Center series event, we are very pleased to have you join us for what surely will be an outstanding production.

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have always cherished the arts, and we are proud to continue the legacy of our founders. Viterbo is truly blessed to have incredibly talented Conservatory students, faculty, and Fine Arts Center staff. Every show is painstakingly crafted and selected to offer the highest quality and culturally enriching entertainment possible to our community.

To all Viterbo arts patrons, benefactors, sponsors, volunteers, and artists, allow me to express my sincere gratitude for your support. Enjoy the show!

“Pace e Bene”
Peace and all good
Rick Trietley Signature
Rick Trietley
Viterbo University President

Director's Note

To our audience:

The world needs togetherness and unity as much now as ever before, and what better way to honor our coming together as a community than through choral singing. As we rehearsed the music for this year’s A Viterbo Christmas, we pondered the meaning of these words and explored the mystery, peace, and joy that is so beautifully embedded in the music we present today. We hope these efforts are made evident through our expressive and heartfelt singing.

It is my distinct pleasure to introduce Viterbo University’s newest choral ensemble, Choral Arts! Consisting of members of our student body, staff, and the greater community, Choral Arts embodies the essence of our mission in choral singing, that of coming together in one voice through song.

On behalf of all of us on the faculty of the Conservatory for the Performing Arts, we wish you all the goodness, peace, and hope that may ring in the new year. May it Ring throughout the Earth!

James Wilson, DMA
Director of Choral Studies

Song List
Concert Choir

George Frideric Handel (1685—1759)


Comfort Ye My People
Soloist: David Caliri

Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted
Soloist: Nathan Janzen

And the Glory of the Lord
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it 
For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 40:5) 

O Magnum Mysterium
Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)

O Come All Ye Faithful

Arr. Sir David Willcocks (1919—2015)

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O Come ye, O come ye,
to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation;
Sing, all ye citizens
of heaven above!
Glory to God, In the highest;


Yea, Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing.


Personent Hodie
Will Todd (b. 1970)
Drums: Tanner Groshek

The Snow
Edward Elgar (1857—1934)
Violin: Kristina Guillion, Michelle Elliot

White Christmas
Arr. Roy Ringwald (1910—1955)

The First Nowell
Arr. Sir David Willcocks (1919—2015)

The First Noel
the Angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds
in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay
keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night
that was so deep
Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night
Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made Heaven
and earth of nought
And with his blood
mankind hath bought
Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Hymn to the Virgin
Benjamin Britten (1913—1976)
Soloists: Kieran Sween, AJ Philips,
Briar Haring, Sam Larson

Love Came Down at Christmas
Christina Rossetti (1830—1894)

Rhiannon Baasch

Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978)
Soloist: Makayla Taylor

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Arr. Sir David Willcocks (1919—2015)

Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King:
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
with th'angelic hosts proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"

Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King"

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come,
offspring of the Virgin's womb:
veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail th'incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel.


Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth.


Shepherd’s Pipe Carol
John Rutter (b. 1945)

O Holy Night
Arr. Rene Clausen (b. 1953)

I Saw Three Ships
Arr. Mack Wilberg (b. 1955)

Narration (John 1:1—5 and 9—18)
Levi Magnuson

My Lord Has Come
Will Todd (b. 1970)

Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
George Frideric Handel (1685—1759)

Gundersen Hotel and Suites
FOX 25/48
Mid-West Family
Concert Choir

Conductor: James Wilson
Pianist: Judy Stafslien

Maddie Gartrell, Rae Hurlock
Maura Koth, Gabby Kuehn
Miranda Lee, Sophia Niblock
Mackenzie O'Neill, Greta Schwandt
Kieran Sween, Makayla Taylor
Emma Tolzmann, Ellyn Werner

Rhiannon Baasch, Yassia Felts
Malivanh Fleckenstein, Bernadette Frisch
Grace Jacobson, Katie Kostner
Kylie Krahn, Ellery Larson
Marah Mathison, Gabby Moten
Anika Philips, Katherine Preusser
Kendell Sheldon, Kiki Skemp

David Caliri, Briar Haring
Tom Hartl, Nathan Janzen
Tucker Mensen, Lukas Nederloe
Kylie Olesevich, Gabriel Rombalski

Carson Carter, Tanner Groshek
Samuel Larson, Matthew Lind
Levi Magnuson, Matthew Olsen
Josh Sobotta, Dylan Woodman

9th Street Singers

Conductor: James Wilson
Pianist: David Richardson

Sophia Niblock, Emma Tolzmann
Greta Schwandt, Kieran Sween

Rhiannon Baasch, Maddie Gartrell
Grace Jacobson, Ellery Larson
Anika Philips

Tom Hartl, Nathan Janzen
Deacon Leer, Kylie Olsevich

Briar Haring, Samuel Larson
Matthew Olson, Dylan Woodman

Viterbo Choral Arts

Conductor: James Wilson
Pianist: Mary Ellen Haupert

Alyssa Balboa, Linda Bechly
Pat Berendes, Ann Boland
Michelle Edge, Margo Erickson
Rachel Handrick, Maura Koth
Marilyn Lee, Nancy Misch
Jackie Morris, Elaine Remus
Jean Saladino, Greta Schwandt
Michelle Skemp, Kristine Starkey-Gasch
Sue Strehl, Joan Waniger

Barb Anderson-Smith, Amanda Blue
Susan Browning, Jennifer Burch
Katie Furlan, Zanza Haemer
Sharon Hampson, Ann Hanson
Deborah Hanson, Grace Jacobson
Mary Jaeger, Kazu Kitano
Lindsay Koza, Margy Krogman
Rosalind Laraway, Kathleen Lemere
Brittany Massengale, Sheila Momont
Kylie Olesevich, Bethany Pertzsch
Elizabeth Scharon, Carol Smith
Nancy Zadow

Alexander Chrisan, Bill Flaherty
Jim Gallagher, Clayton Hanson
Carol Hines, Ben Iuro
Dennis Pedrick, Kevin Timmerman
Bradley Weber, Christopher Winegarden

Scott Bradford, Cameron Houin
Joe Theisen, Ezra Wall,
Rick Waniger, Dylan Woodman


Concert Master: Kristina Guillion

Violin I
Kristina Guillion, Michelle Elliot
Brad Lebakken, Marianne Buchanan

Violin II
Francis de la Rosa, Linda Lebakken
Margit Speckeen, Cassie Davis

Busya Lugovier, Melissa Roby

Derek Clark, Monika Sutherland

Troy Birdsong

Jonathan Borja, Mackenzie Taylor

Mary Beth Hensel, Allie Schlicht

Mike Chesher, Josh Baker

Jeff Copp

French Horn
Justin Davis, Tammy Bartz

Jeff Krauklis, Joshua Beron

Mark Pomplun, Marshall Dvorak

Tammy Fisher

Auxiliary Percussion
Jim Knutson

Judy Stafslien

Production Team

Lighting Designer: Jason Underferth
Sound Designer: Dillon McArdle

Special Thanks:
Greta Schwandt, choir assistant
Sophia Niblock, social media assistant
Ellery Larson, attendance assistant
AJ Philips, communications assistant
Viterbo Fine Arts Center staff

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