Music students to perform in concert for scholarship funds

Special to the Parade

Students and faculty of musical ensembles from the University of Texas at Brownsville’s Department of Music have come together to herald the start of the holidays with a special seasonal concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at the Arts Center.

The concert, entitled “Heralding in the Holidays,” is a joint production from all the major ensembles in the music department coordinated by the concert’s artistic director, Dianne Brumley. The proceeds from the holiday concert will go to benefit the Department of Music Student Scholarships.

“I am very pleased and excited to start this new tradition,” said Brumley, who is also the director of the Master Chorale, one of the groups who will perform. “Our students have expressed excitement about getting to perform in this concert. We like very much that it displays the talents of students from the entire department.”

The Master Chorale will do many combined holiday-themed selections with other ensembles that will perform, including the Symphony Orchestra, the Rio Bravo Wind Symphony, the Guitar Ensemble and the One O’clock Jazz Band.

These selections include classics ranging from “O Come, All Ye Faithful” to songs such as “Sleigh Ride,” as well as other more familiar Christmas carols and holiday songs including a set of songs from “The Nutcracker.”

“In keeping with heralding in the holidays, the concert’s opening with a trumpet fanfare; then we’re doing a processional using ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful,’ and many traditional and familiar holiday songs,” said Brumley.

At the end of the first half of the concert, Brumley said there will be a combined effort by the ensembles on a section called “Russian Christmas Music.”

Prior to the concert there will be pre-concert music provided by chamber ensembles at 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Arts Center and a tree lighting ceremony at 7:15 p.m.

“This is the first annual Heralding in the Holidays concert,” said Brumley. “We would like this to be an annual event for many years to come.”

For more information, contact Dianne Brumley at (956) 882-8244 or visit

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