• Candlelight Carol
  • History of the Candlelight Carol Service 

    In 1964, under the direction of Robert McGill, the Hendrix College Choir began presenting a service of lessons and carols, modeled after the annual Christmas Eve service at King's College in Cambridge, England. The Candlelight Carol Service has since become an important Hendrix tradition. Each year over 1,200 people attend one of the four on-campus performances during the last week of classes. Immediately following final exams, the Choir tours the region, performing the service at United Methodist churches in Arkansas and neighboring states. Repertoire featured in the Candlelight Carol Services changes yearly, and includes works from the 15th century to the present day. 

    Enthusiasts of organ music greatly enjoy the service, which features Hendrix College organist Timothy Allen performing works on our splendid two-manual organ, constructed in 1997 by Little Rock organ builders Nichols & Simpson, Inc. (you can read more about the instrument  here).

    Hendrix College Candlelight Carol Competition

    We are pleased to announce guidelines for the 2017 Hendrix College Candlelight Carol Competition. Now in its third year, the competition welcomes composers of any age or nationality to submit works for consideration. This year, compositions must be a cappella and compatible for programming following the reading of the second lesson in the service (Genesis 22: 1-3, 9-13, 15-18). Texts may be in any language(s), but must reflect upon or relate to these verses in some way; likewise, composers may choose to use the verses themselves as their text. Submissions are due August 1, 2017 via email. A group of finalists will be judged by a review committee including guest judges Dr. Deanna Joseph (Georgia State University) and Dr. Ryan Board (Pepperdine University), Hendrix College music major Noah Adams '19, Dr. Karen Griebling, and Dr. Andrew Morgan. The winner will be announced by October 2, 2017. The winning composer will receive $1,000 plus up to $300 in travel reimbursement to attend a performance. Complete information may be found in the link above. 

    Please send questions to carolcompetition@hendrix.edu.

    Past winners include Gentle Mary Laid Her Child by Alan MacMillan (Connecticut) and A Christmas Lullaby by Edmund Jolliffe. Competition judges in previous years have included Dr. Stephen Caldwell (University of Arkansas), Dr. Dominick DiOrio (Indiana University), and Dr. Matthew Mehaffey (University of Minnesota).