Coker Music to Present ‘Coker Christmas Festival’

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Nov. 26, 2011 – The Coker College Music program will present two performances of the “Coker Christmas Festival” this holiday season.

Dedicated to the memory of long-time cultural arts supporter, W. Reaves McCall, who passed away in January, the first performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Bishopville Opera House. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling 803-484-5090 or sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The second performance is free and will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the First Baptist Church in Hartsville.  Seating for this concert will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Our hope is that the ‘Coker Christmas Festival’ will become the annual celebration that officially begins the Christmas season for the Coker campus and the city of Hartsville – an event not to be missed,” Associate Professor of Music William Carswell said.

“Music was such an important part of Reaves’ life.  What could be more appropriate than the town and college communities coming together to honor the memory of such a wonderful community leader as Reaves McCall by enjoying music for the holidays and singing cherished Christmas carols,” Carswell added.

Highlighting music for the season, the concert program will include lesser-known holiday selections and such familiar carols as “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” Go, Tell it on the Mountain” and “Silent Night.”

Participating ensembles include the college’s premier choral ensemble, the Coker Singers, Coker Chamber Singers, Coker Gospel Choir, Coker Brass Quartet and piano majors from the Music program.  Individual performers include Assistant Professor of Music Serena Hill, soprano; Music Instructor Eric Kesler, baritone; Assistant Professor of Music Jun Matsuo, piano; Associate Professor of Music Graham Wood, French horn.

For more information about the Coker Christmas Festival or music programs at Coker College, contact Carswell at 843-383-8063.


PHOTO:  Long-time cultural arts supporter, W. Reaves McCall, who passed away in January.



Established in 1908, Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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