The St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Good News of Great Joy

November 29 — December 2, 2018

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Steven Amundson leads the Massed Choirs and St. Olaf Orchestra.

2018 Christmas Festival Concert Program

Light surrounds the choirs, it surrounds the orchestra,
and it surrounds each of us joined together.
As light shines through stained glass, glowing in reds and greens and golds;

we experience the light of life.

From candles casting their soft glow, flickering gently but filling the room;

we are met with the light of life

Through our neighbor and through the stranger,
through those who let their lights shine in the glory of God;

we are filled with the light of life.

“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

This is good news of great joy!

— Pastor Matthew Marohl

For many people, over several generations, the celebration of the Advent – Christmas – Epiphany season begins with the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival, a century-old tradition of the college.


begun as a musical program for the college community, planned and directed by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf Music Department.


guests will attend the Festival concerts and special events.


student musicians will participate as members of the five Choirs and Orchestra.

Massed Choirs of St. Olaf College

Each group participates individually and as part of a Massed Ensemble.  Anton Armstrong ’78 is Artistic Director of the Festival and Conductor of the St. Olaf Choir. Tesfa Wondemagegnehu is conductor of the Chapel Choir and Viking Chorus. Therees Tkach Hibbard conducts the Manitou Singers. Guest conductor leads the St. Olaf Cantorei for this year’s performance.

The St. Olaf Orchestra, regarded as one of the finest collegiate orchestras in the United States, is conducted by Steven Amundson.

Visual Designer of the Festival is Christie Hawkins. Matthew Marohl is College Pastor and also serves on the artistic team.