Saint Martin’s Christmas Carol Sing-Along and Tree Blessing to celebrate community

November 27, 2012

LACEY, WASHINGTON — The Saint Martin’s University community invites the public to share in the joy of the upcoming holidays with the University Chorale and the American Legion Band in a Christmas concert and carol sing-along on Thursday, Dec. 6. The free event, a collaboration of the Chorale and the Office of Campus Ministry, will launch the Christmas season with a concert of familiar carols, followed by a tree blessing celebration. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Saint Martin’s Marcus Pavilion, at 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

xmascarolsingalongThe Chorale’s director, Associate Professor of Music Darrell Born, says the concert will feature familiar carols from both the University Chorale and the American Legion Band. Each will perform their own sets of lively Christmas songs, then combine forces to perform an Irving Berlin Big Band swing piece and a medley of traditional carols follow by a festive carol sing-along for all.

“I am thrilled to bring in the Christmas season with this fun-filled celebration,” says Born. “By presenting the concert and then participating in the carol sing-along and tree blessing, the chorale is celebrating both the amazing community of which we are a part and the sacred spirit of this time of year.”

Following the concert, the evening will end with the blessing and lighting of the Christmas tree by Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., chancellor of Saint Martin's University in the University’s Norman Worthington Conference Center. Holiday refreshments will add a flourish to the celebration.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 375 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

Sarah Holdener
Director of event services
Saint Martin’s University