By Jordan Aker
The concert began with an interactive entrance where Director and Assistant Professor of the School of Worship Arts Vinnie Zarletti led the audience in song as the choir took their places. The Festival Chorus sang three songs, including two solos by Senior Music Pastor major Elijah Land and Sophomore Music Pastor major Aaron Houston.
In between choirs, the audience came together and sang classic Christmas carols as performers on stage transitioned. Following Festival Chorus was Women’s Chorus. Although it was a smaller ensemble, it kept the audience captivated with slower, more melodic songs. As the Chorale closed the first half of the concert singing a rendition of “Silent Night,” the silent auction took place in the lobby during the 15-minute intermission.
The silent auction raised money for the Fine Arts Endowment Fund, which currently holds half of the anticipated goal of $500,000. Part of the funds will be allocated to building a new music facility on campus. The Endowment Fund also supports With One Voice Energizing Neighborhoods, through which North Central students provide free music lessons to children of the community. Not only does WOVEN empower students to serve the community, but according to Academic Administrative Assistant Laurie Tanner, it functions as a class for them as well.
As the audience sang once again, the Festival Chorus came up for their final set. The second half of the concert brought a twist to the classic Christmas carols everyone knows and loves. Associate Professor of Fine Arts Ellington Porter was featured in the piece “Rise Up.” Along with Porter’s solo, Senior Worship Leading major Lily Sombke, Senior Music Business major Jessica Ballew, and Senior Theater major Lydia Nynas were also featured.
The silent auction raised $2,500 which was matched dollar to dollar, bringing the fundraiser to a grand total of $5,000. The items on the auction were donated by different businesses around the community. The product with the most bids was a 25 pound salted nut roll. There were also a variety of sports items such as an autographed helmet signed by Dan Bailey, current kicker of the Minnesota Vikings. Due to its prosperity, the Fine Arts Department anticipates continuing the fundraiser for years to come.