The Holiday Concert - A Musical Tradition at Middlesex

Articulating the significance of music at Middlesex is a difficult task.  Music is everywhere on our campus; some would argue that it's hard to avoid.  Whether it's by playing an instrument, singing in small chorus, or simply belting out the words to Jersusalem every Wednesday at chapel, everyone in the community is exposed to the music of Middlesex at one point or another.  One event that truly encapsulates the longstanding musical traditions here is the annual Holiday Concert. 

Pierson Wetzel leads the 2013 Holiday Concert

Pierson Wetzel leads the 2013 Holiday Concert

In many ways, it would not be the Holiday season on campus without the Holiday Concert. For decades, the concert has offered the Middlesex community an opportunity to join together to celebrate and reflect on the meaning of the Holiday season through music.  In the 1930s and 40s, the Head of the Music Department, Arthur Motter Lamb, orchestrated a beautiful arrangement of classic Holiday music for the entire community to enjoy.  

The 1947 Holiday Concert Program cover

The 1947 Holiday Concert Program cover

The 2014 Holiday Concert Cover

The 2014 Holiday Concert Cover

Over time, the musical program has also come to include some of the most magical and powerful music that our community gets to create together.  In 2004, beloved faculty member, Sarah Megan, emphasized this idea by encouraging the performers to sing a difficult but otherwise beautiful piece of music, "Though it was a stretch for us, I decided to undertake Magnificat to expose our community to one of the greatest choral masterpieces of all time." 

The Holiday Concert led by former Music Department Head, Sarah Megan.

The Holiday Concert led by former Music Department Head, Sarah Megan.

In recent years, the tradition and appreciation of the concert is stronger than ever, as many look forward to the peaceful and inclusive atmosphere of the evening.

While the concert has evolved and grown over the years, the connection that it creates across generations of alumni, faculty, and parents is inspiring. As we head into this holiday season, we hope that the memories of this concert act as a vivid reminder of the beauty and significance of music at Middlesex.