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Welcome the Holiday Season with Oxford Civic Chorus and “Wintertide Awakes”


The pumpkins have been pied, and The Oxford Square is festooned with lights. Ready or not, the holidays are here, and Oxford Civic Chorus has a few musical events planned to get you in the spirit.

At 3 pm on Sunday, December 4 at David H. Nutt Auditorium, “Wintertide Awakes” conjures the magic of falling snow and the miracles of Christmas. The concert includes traditional carols from Spain, Ireland, Austria, and Wales, with a mix of Mendelssohn, Whitacre, Forrest and others, plus a version of the French “Bring a Torch,” arranged by co-director Creighton Holder.

“It was a joy to arrange ‘Bring a Torch’ for this ensemble,” Holder said. “I wanted to create a lyrical lullaby around the beautiful melody that has traditionally been set as a dance. The work is dedicated to my colleague, Debra Atkinson, with appreciation for her artistry and commitment.”

Oxford Civic Chorus relies on donations to fund its operations. The choir donated 100% of the proceeds from its spring concert to Ukrainian relief, so this concert is an important fundraiser for the organization. 

Choristers also visit the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford in December to spread some Christmas caroling cheer to residents.  

OCC’s spring concert will be a benefit for Memory Makers, a respite day program for people with dementia and their caregivers.

Oxford Civic Chorus welcomes new members. Anyone interested in joining may simply come to the first rehearsal of the spring season, 7 pm Monday January 23 at Oxford-University United Methodist Church

Oxford Civic Chorus, a 501(c)(3), has been inspiring singers, enriching community and expanding musical horizons since 1998. The choir gathers for weekly rehearsals, performs two concerts a year, and is available to sing at local events. Join, donate or learn more at and

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