WIU Choirs

Celebrating 23 Years!

The Holiday Festival of Choirs

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Two Performances, 
2 pm and 7:30 pm
St. Paul Catholic Church
309 West Jackson, Macomb

Concert Program in PDF

From the HFC in 2012:

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4

  • Ticket Price: $10.00 (General admission only) WIU Student Free with ID (One ticket per ID only)
  • Tickets may be purchased at the Hainline Theatre Box Office, 309.298.2900.
  • The Hainline Theatre Box Office is open Monday through Friday from Noon to 5p.
  • Remaining tickets will be sold at the door if the performances are not sold out. 
  • Tickets sold at the door are available for purchase by check or cash only!
  • Students must show their ID AND ticket for admittance to the performance.
  • To ensure a quality listening experience for our audience we advise that children 6 and under not attend this concert.

Get your tickets soon as these performances are often sold out!

Featured Choral Ensembles... 

The Western Illinois University Singers 
The Western Illinois University Concert Choir
The Western Illinois University Madrigal Singers

With Special Guests...

The Macomb High School Madrigal Singers
The Macomb High School Concert Choir
The 60 Voice Holiday Festival Children's Choir

and other invited choirs, as well!


We are pleased to bring you the annual Holiday Festival of Choirs, now celebrating 23 years of inspired performances for the Macomb and WIU community.  We will present two performances, each as a seamless presentation of beautiful and inspirational holiday themed choral music.  The concert features our Western Illinois University Singers, Madrigal Singers, and Concert Choir along with several guest choirs via special invitation.  Gayle Cooper will again be the Holiday Festival organist.  Audience members will join the Holiday Festival Choir on the carol sing along including our traditional singing of  "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah.

This year, both performances are on Saturday, December 3 with a matinee concert at 2pm and evening concert at 7:30 p.m. located at St. Paul Catholic Church, 309. West Jackson, Macomb. 

"General admission only" tickets are $10 (free to WIU students with valid ID) and can be purchased through the Hainline Theatre Box Office, 309/298-2900, Monday through Friday, Noon to 5:00 PM.  



Concert Repertoire

American Traditions


Down to the River to Pray - arr. Sheldon Curry

Now Shout - Gerald Kemner

Away in a Manger - Bradley Ellingboe

The Hills Are Bare at Bethlehem - Ralph Johnson

Bright Morning Stars are Shining - Shawn Kirchner

Carol of the Bells - arr. Peter Wilhousky

Home for the Holidays - arr. Mac Huff

The Western Illinois University Singers and Madrigal Singers

O Christmas Tree - Audience Sing Along


Ding Dong Merrily on High - arr. Caroline Jennings

Wassail Song - Ralph Vaughan Williams

Shiloh - William Billings

little tree - Eric Whitacre

The Western Illinois University Concert Choir

Angels We Have Heard on High - Audience Sing Along


Up on the Housetop  - arr. Kirby Shaw

Three Jazzy Bell Carols  - arr. Jay Rouse

The Macomb High School Madrigal Singers and Concert Choir

Deck the Halls - Audience Sing Along


Beautiful December - Amy F. Bernon

Sleigh Ride - arr. Jeff Funk

The Night Before Christmas - Mark Weston

The Holiday Festival Children’s Honor Choir

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer - Audience Sing Along


The Ground - Ola Gjeilo

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Holly Ades

The Holiday Festival Choir


Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah - George Frideric Handel

The Holiday Festival Choir and Audience