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Hendrix College Choir Candlelight Carol Services set for Dec. 2-5 in Greene Chapel; Dec. 16-17 in North Little Rock and Little Rock

CONWAY, Ark. (November 12, 2021) – For more than six decades, the Hendrix College Choir’s Candlelight Carol Service has signaled the start of the Christmas season for many throughout Arkansas and the broader Hendrix community. The 2021 Candlelight Carol Services will continue this beloved tradition with some pandemic-related modifications for in-person attendees, plus two nights with a streaming option.

Greene Chapel will once again host the on-campus services Dec. 2-4 at 7:30 p.m., with an invitation-only service Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. Reservations for the Dec. 2-4 services open Monday, Nov. 22 at (The link will not be active until that day.) 

This year, the choir will make tour stops Thursday, Dec. 16 at Lakewood United Methodist Church of North Little Rock (1922 Topf Road) and Friday, Dec. 17 at Trinity United Methodist Church of Little Rock (1101 N. Mississippi Street). Both tour services begin at 7:30 p.m., with no reservations needed. 

All performances are free and open to the public, though reservations are required for the on-campus services because of limited seating. Continued pandemic protocols for the Hendrix campus require an attendance limit of 50% capacity for Greene Chapel and masking for those who attend. The two churches serving as tour stops also will have masking in effect, but no limits on regular seating capacity.

In-person attendance is not the only option for those wishing to experience the Hendrix College Choir Candlelight Carol Service. The service will be streamed live from Greene Chapel on the Hendrix College Facebook page on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4.

After a covid-19 hiatus for in-person services necessitated an online-only, pre-recorded Candlelight Carol Service in 2020, the College is grateful that the 2021 service will return to live performance, with familiar songs of the season and more recent compositions that convey the same message in new ways. 

“We are especially grateful this year for the ability to honor this long-running tradition that connects generations of alumni to Hendrix,” said Dr. Andrew Morgan, conductor of the Hendrix College Choir. “The choir is excited to get back into Greene Chapel and out on tour to share this service that marks the beginning of the holiday season for so many people.”

The Candlelight Carol Service at Hendrix shares many features with the Festival of Lessons and Carols celebrated each Christmas Eve since 1918 at King’s College in Cambridge, England. The nine lessons, taken from Old and New Testaments, weave a narrative from Adam’s fall into sin, through the prophecies of Christ’s coming, and culminating in Christ’s birth. The carols performed between the lessons change yearly, and offer opportunities for reflection, exultation, and celebration. Selections for this year’s service include a new descant and organ harmonization by Sir Stephen Cleobury (1948-2019) for Once in Royal David’s City; I Lift Up My Eyes, a setting of Psalm 121 by Jocelyn Hagen (b. 1980); and A Christmas Lullaby by Edmund Jolliffe (b. 1976), among others.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit