For Laura Vogler, Friday is going to be a full day.
Not only is the Anderson University music education major set to perform on the euphonium with the AU wind ensemble during the 46th annual “Candles and Carols” Christmas program, but she will also help move the group on and off the stage in her role as an assistant.
At the concert’s midpoint, she will shift focus as a performer with the AU dance ensemble.
“It makes for an interesting evening,” she said, laughing.
Vogler, a junior from Portland, Ind., said she had always had a dueling interest in the two distinct disciplines.
“I’m actually a dance minor, so I try to get involved with as much of the dance stuff as I can,” she explained. “I’ve always played in wind ensemble, because euphonium is my primary instrument.”
Vogler said she also has experience singing in choirs, another component of the “Candles and Carols” program, but she won’t be showing up later in the show to join the singers.
“I figured that would be way too much to be involved in,” Vogler said, laughing.
Interest in music and education comes to Vogler naturally; her father is Pete Vogler, longtime band director at Jay County High School.
“My dad was part of the reason I went to school for music education,” she said. “I’m out to be a band director, just like him.”
Her interest comes with disappointment, though, at the way music and other arts have been dropped from public schools.
“So many schools are shooting themselves in the foot, as far as I’m concerned,” Vogler said. “Along with being a creative outlet for students, (music) can unite everything in the public schools: science, English, math, pretty much everything. It’s just a shame that they’re cutting out something that can make everything so integral.”
If you go What: 46th annual Candles and Carols Christmas Program Where: Reardon Auditorium, Anderson University When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Admission: free For information: AU School of Music, 641-4450, or visit the Candles and Carols website. To be videotaped and broadcast nationally on PBS and regional networks.
- Welcome, Jeffrey E. Wright, dean, AU College of the Arts
- “Rejoice,” Wind Ensemble
- “Joy to the World”
- Lesson: The Angel Gabriel Visits Mary, Luke 1:26-35
- “Beatus auctor sæculi” (sung in Latin), Chorale
- “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus"
- “Advent,” (sung in Latin), Men’s Choir; Gert Kumi, violin; Randall Frieling, piano
- “O Magnum Mysterium,” (sung in Latin), Women’s Chorus
- Lesson: The Birth of Jesus, Luke 2:1-7
- “Children’s Song,” Wind Ensemble
- “Make We Joy,” (sung in Latin and English), Chorale and Percussion
- “He Is Born,” Chorus
- “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day,” Women’s Chorus
- “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentleman,” Wind Ensemble
- “The First Noel”
- “Hope for Resolution,” (sung in English and Zulu), Combined Choirs, Percussion, Dance Ensemble
- “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”
- “Greensleeves,” Chamber Orchestra
- Lesson: The Angels and Shepherds, Luke 2:8-16
- “Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella,” Men’s Choir
- “I Saw Three Ships: A Celtic Christmas Celebration,” Women’s Chorus and Instrumental Ensemble
- Manger Medley, Gert Kumi, violin; Randall Frieling, piano
- “In the Bleak Midwinter,” Chorale
- Lesson: The Word Became Flesh, John 1:1-5; 10-14
- “Winter,” from “The Four Seasons,” Chamber Orchestra, Gert Kumi, violin
- “We Three Kings,” Combined Choirs, Orchestra and audience
- Christmas Greeting, Dr. James L. Edwards, president, Anderson University
- “Silent Night”
- Benediction, Dr. James L. Edwards
- “Joy to the World,” Randall Frieling
—Rodney Richey is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Story republished with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.