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Published: November 19, 2021

UT Presents 10th Annual Holiday Concert

On Sunday, Dec. 5, The University of Tampa’s Department of Music will host its annual holiday concert, Let Heaven and Nature Sing: A Holiday Celebration, for the 10th year. There will be two performances, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., in the  Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Doors open 30 minutes before the concert. Masks are required indoors.

Sykes Chapel
The University of Tampa’s Department of Music’s annual holiday concert, Let Heaven and Nature Sing: A Holiday Celebration, includes seasonal music and readings, and the audience will have the opportunity to sing along with several selections.

The program includes seasonal music and readings, and the audience will have the opportunity to sing along with several selections, including “O Come All Ye Faithful,”  “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Joy to the World.”

“As always, the concert promotes unity and peace, and ushers in the holiday season. It’s become a tradition at UT and one that has developed a great following,” said Ryan Hebert, chair and associate professor of music and director of choral studies. “Everyone always comments on how much they enjoy it, and how they look forward to it year after year. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a worthwhile effort that brings the community together in ways that are very satisfying.”

Performing at the concert will be UT’s Chamber Singers and Camerata Singers, conducted by Hebert. The concert will also include a brass ensemble comprised of Griffin Weber, part-time music faculty, and Dylan Clark ’22 on trumpets; Brandon McDannald, assistant professor of music, on horn; and Stan Wilkerson, part-time music faculty, on trombone. The guest pianist will be Joshua Cessna, part-time music faculty, and the organist will be Dwight Thomas, director of music ministries and organist at the Cathedral of St. Peter in St. Petersburg, FL.

The holiday concert will kick off the 2021-2022 Damron Concert Artist Series. The next concert of the series will be Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel featuring Christopher Houlihan, a world-renowned organist from Connecticut.

For more information, contact the music department at or (813) 253-6212.

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