Candlelight Carol

Candlelight Live

A Festival of Lessons and Carols 

The Hendrix College Choir
Andrew Morgan, Director
Timothy Allen, College Organist


Since its inception in 1963, the Candlelight Carol Service has come to hold a special place in the hearts of many throughout the Hendrix community. For its student participants, the service is a seminal experience in their Hendrix education, while for visitors and guests it is a central tradition of the Christmas season. The service shares many features with the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, celebrated each Christmas Eve since 1918 at King’s College in Cambridge, England, and heard globally through television and radio broadcasts. 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 each lesson change yearly, with the exception of the processional hymn, Once in Royal David’s City.

This year we welcome a guest reader each evening to present the Ninth Lesson. These individuals are prominent in the Hendrix community, and include our President, Provost, and Associate Provost for Engaged Learning, as well as two alumni of the College, one of whom serves on the Board of Trustees, the other asPastor Emeritus at Asbury United Methodist Church. Their presence helps remind us of the history and significance of Candlelight throughout the Hendrix community.

Another prominent addition to the service in 2015 is the world premiere of Edmund Jolliffe’s A Christmas Lullaby, winner of the inaugural Candlelight Carol Competition. Mr. Jolliffe’s work was chosen from over 85 submissions by composers worldwide. The composition is a tender setting of text by John Addington Symonds, a British poet who died in 1893. The selection committee included Hendrix faculty, a student representative, and choral conducting professionals from across the nation. We look forward to continuing the tradition, which is made possible in large part by your generous contributions to support the ongoing work of the Hendrix College Choir.

We hope that the Candlelight Carol Services help bring joy, peace, love, and good tidings to you and your family. In recent years this has never been more true, as we live in a world that sadly endures far too many instances of violence, extremism, and the tragic results of war and conflict. Please keep the families and victims of the attacks in Paris, Beirut, Nigeria, and Kenya, and the tide of refugees displaced by the war in Syria in your thoughts and prayers this season, along with anyone in the world who suffers under oppression, illness, poverty, or injustice. With that in mind, a portion of your donations this year will go to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which supports people in places of crisis worldwide.


The Jonathan and Donna Wolfe Hendrix Choir Endowment Fund was established in 2005 with a generous gift from the Wolfes, both members of the Class of 1966. They encourage supporters of the choir to join them in making gifts to enhance the ongoing work of the Hendrix Choir in perpetuity. Contributions may be sent to the Office of Institutional Advancement (1600 Washington Avenue, Conway, AR 72032) at any time. We thank you for your continued support.


Special thanks to our guest readers, Rev. J.J. Whitney, Gina Goad, Karen Griebling, John Krebs, Norman Boehm, Gretchen Renshaw, the student ushers and technicians, the Office of Institutional Advancement, the Office of Communications, the Alumni Office, the staffs of Information Technology, Media Services, Facilities Management, Public Safety, Dining Services, and everyone else whose time and talents contributed to the success of this year’sCandlelight Carol Service.