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Hill College Performing Arts Series welcomes in the season with ‘Holly Days’ program


The 40-60 singers of the Central Texas Choral Society will join with the Chancel Choir of Austin Avenue UMC singing  Daniel Pinkham's "Christmas Cantata,” the Randol Bass "Gloria" and other holiday fare on Dec. 1 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in a program titled “Holly Days.” The performance will include an instrumental ensemble featuring Hill College faculty Phillip Lowe and Steve Hart as well as freshman music major Olivia Santos accompanying several of the selections and performing holiday brass arrangements by the popular Canadian Brass ensemble.  

Randall Umstead, Director of Music Ministries at Austin Avenue UMC, Associate Professor of Voice and chair of the Division of Vocal Studies of the Baylor School of Music will also be conducting. This performance is free of charge thanks to the generosity of college and community donors and will take place in the Vara Martin Daniel Performing Arts Center, just behind the Texas Heritage Museum on the Hillsboro Campus. No tickets are required and seating is first come-first served.  A reception will follow the performance hosted by the Hillsboro Garden Club. 

The Central Texas Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. David Guess, consists of stay-at-home moms, business leaders and civil servants, faculty from all levels of education, even high school singers.   A common sight in CTCS performances is an entire family participating together.  Dr. Guess, a former member of the chorus, took over the baton in 2012, following long-time director Dr. Donald Balmos. Former Baylor School of Music Professor Robert Young was the founding director of the chorus, first known as the Waco Civic Chorus, in response to a need he and others perceived for a community choral ensemble.  

If you would like to support the Hill College Performing Arts Series, you are invited to become a Benefactor ($100), a Sustainer ($50), a Patron ($25), or a Supporter ($10) of the Hill College Performing Arts Series. Also, for a donation of $1,000 or more you can become a LIFETIME BENEFACTOR. Names of lifetime benefactors, benefactors, sustainers, patrons and supporters appear in each program. You may send your donation to: Hill College Music Dept., Attention: Phillip Lowe, 112 Lamar Dr., Hillsboro, TX, 76645.

Whether or not you support the series with a monetary gift, we hope you will support the series with your presence, and invite others to these wonderful evenings of entertainment at Hill College.  For more information on the performers and performances and to view promotional videos of each group, visit the Hill College homepage (hillcollege.edu) and click on “Performing Arts Series” found in the drop-down menu under “Quick Links” in the center of the page.