Eastern Oklahoma State College

Eastern Music Department to present 96th annual Candlelighting Dec. 4

November 28, 2022

Eastern Oklahoma State College’s Music Department will present its 96th annual Candlelighting program Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program provides an opportunity for the Eastern community and area community to convene and welcome the holiday season. The event is one of the oldest traditions at Eastern and will feature performances by the Eastern Concert Band, Concert Choir and Chamber Ensemble.

Brian T. Harris, Eastern’s director of instrumental and choral ensembles, will lead the Chamber Ensemble, Concert Band and Concert Choir in this display of talent. Amy Swain will accompany the performances. The groups will perform a selection of numbers including “A Candle’s Light,” “Let the Light of Christmas Shine,” and “Arise, Arise and Shine.”

"The Candlelighting Concert is a wonderful opportunity for the EOSC Music Department and community to come together and enjoy the beginning of the Holiday Season,” said Harris. “I hope this year’s concert will provide those in attendance with the spirit of the season and maybe the inspiration to join one of our ensembles."

Students and community members performing this year include Riley Garrison of Ardmore; Doug Voller of Clayton; Easton “Rocky” Hass and Murphy Peterson of Hartshorne; Julia Coats of Konawa; Timothy O’Neal of McAlester; Lane Willbanks of Quinton; Destinymarie Thigpen of Savanna; Melanie Harris of Davidsville, PA; Memphis Anderson, Janice Edwards-Forwoodson, Maurice Hawthorne, Philip Hawthorne, Jeremiah Lively, Owen Lively, Jessica Mitchell, Kassandra Rector and Wayne Vogt of Wilburton.

Members of the Chamber Ensemble include Villette Stamper, Band Director at Stigler High School; Doug Voller, of Clayton, OK; Mark Price, Band Director at McAlester High School; Paul Crowl and Frank Zugelder, Saied Music Company; Francisco Lopez, Band Director at McAlester High School; Ryan Stamper, Choir Director at Stigler High School; Kyle Littlejohn, Band Director at Wilburton High School