By Seneca Ransom
As we come to the end of the Fall semester, many Malone students are preparing for Winter break and Christmas. Before we head out after finals, Malone will be having its very own holiday celebration entitled, “Christmas at Malone.” This is an annual event full of festivities, decorations, dinners, and beautiful Christmas concerts put on by our music department. If you are interested in attending Christmas at Malone the dates are December 6th and 7th at 7:30 p.m. The tickets
are on sale online! Many Malone students look forward to not only attending these holiday concerts but also participating in them as well. Hannah Robinson, a junior Music Production and Bible Theology major, is heavily involved in the Music Department. She participates in Chorale and in Malone’s Chamber Choir, Amplified. “We [Chamber Choir] do a lot of Pentatonix, repetiteur,
and like acapella pop styles. So it’s a lot different from what the chorale usually does, they do more classical repertoire. They’ll be performing with the symphonic band so that they’ll be like a full orchestra there,” said Robinson. She also provided some insight into the event itself, stating, “Christmas at Malone is just a gathering of worship music centered on Christmas. So it’s a really cool Christ focused Christmas celebration. There are a ton of Christmas trees and lights. It’s really fun, so if you love the Christmas spirit, you’ll love Christmas at Malone.” As far as making sure the Christmas spirit is seen and felt here on campus Chorale takes a very large role in the
overall decorations. “Chorale is responsible for decorating the Johnson Center a couple weeks before Christmas at Malone. So we put up, I think we have like between twelve and fifteen Christmas trees that we put up. In front of the sanctuary and lights everywhere.” Said Robinson. Another important part of Christmas at Malone is the staff that makes sure these events are able to happen and students are prepared to perform for not only their school but the local Canton community. Dr. Otis French is the Director of the Band and Coordinator of Instrumental Music Studies. He offers some insight about Christmas at Malone. “For Christmas at Malone that is our music department celebration. It involves every ensemble. So for the band portion of it, our symphonic band are the members that came from the marching band. So as soon as the marching band finishes we start transitions into a concert band to get ready for Christmas at Malone. We are going to be doing our concert band and our jazz ensemble as part of the overall music department Christmas at Malone. Which involves everybody.” said Dr. French. He also offers insight into the preparation. “We do a tech rehearsal Tuesday night [December 3rd] with everyone, orchestra rehearsal Wednesday night, Thursday a full dress [rehearsal], Friday and Saturday is the performances,” said Dr. French. Although it is a very busy time for the Music Department, French states, “It’s a good time, it’s a wonderful event, its unique. Schools, especially non-Christian schools, they don’t do a Christmas concert. They may do a fall concert or a holiday convert but they don’t do a Christmas concert. So for us, it’s a good opportunity to celebrate Christmas at Malone.” The Music Department is very intentional about making it a Christ focused experience. “Most of all of the music is based on sacred literature, not all, but almost all of it. It’s almost as if its a church service the audience which will kind of be like the congregation will join in and sing with us. We do have scriptural verses read as well as a welcome from Dr. and Mrs. King. It’s really beautify, the show is a little different every year, but the overall theme is a celebration of Christ and sacred music.” said Dr. French. “If you have any interest at all in being a part of Chorale or band, this is an excellent time to see what we work on and it can be really inspiring I think to hear what you can achieve as an ensemble.” said Robinson. Along with Music Department’s contributions to the Christmas at Malone, Student Senate is also putting forth their efforts to add to the overall campus spirit. “Last year we started doing the Christmas tree lighting, so we are hoping to bring that back again this year. Which last year-we turned it into an SFO. So we were able to have time for worship and a speaker, which is pretty cool. And then we had like refreshments and the tree lighting, with a little countdown. And then every night before Christmas break it was lit up. So we are going to do that again.” said Gina Nagalla, senior Business and Accounting major, Student Body President. Student senate hopes to use this time to also inform students about who they are and what they are doing here on campus. This year-we turned it into an SFO. So we were able to have time for worship and a speaker, which is pretty cool. And then we had like refreshments and the tree lighting, with a little countdown. And then every night before Christmas break it was lit up. So we are going to do that again.” said Gina Nagalla, senior Business and Accounting major, Student Body President. Student senate hopes to use this time to also inform students about who they are and what they are doing here on campus. “A lot of people don’t know about student senate or don’t know that we have a really big voice in helping to get things changed on campus and so I just think the biggest thing is letting students know that if they have any questions or concerns they can come talk to us or come to our meetings Wednesdays at 9, or email us just let us know this is a problem they have or an idea that they want to see come to fruition. Just sometimes they see we are involved in government, but we have the motto that we are the voice of the student body, so whatever things that are going on we want to want to hear about it.” said Nagalla. We can see that many different people here at Malone putting work behind the seasonal celebration through music, traditions, and time with our friends before we say goodbye for Winter break. Many departments and organizations participate in Christmas at Malone and Malone students who are interested should definitely see how they can get involved and contribute to our community here of Campus.
Merry Christmas Malone and Happy Holidays From the Aviso Staff!