KISSIMMEE – On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Johnson University Florida choir and choral society held the Night of Noel in the Chapman Center Gym, hosting a performance at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The event was divided into two parts, centered around a skit. Within the performance, a love offering was taken for the school. Last year, approximately $11,000 was taken up, $5,000 of which was matched by a patron. This year, a donor agreed to match donations of up to $22,000.
The 68 choir members performed 12 different pieces. Several members also participated in a skit. The night’s showcase was accompanied by a student quartet from Osceola County School of the Arts.
192 people were registered for the dinner on campus. Prior to the night’s event, 300 to 500 people were expected to be in attendance at the free performance.
Local churches traveled in groups of 20 to 50 people to attend. Johnson University’s President, Dr. Tommy Smith, was also in attendance at one of the showings.
Night of Noel is a JUFL event that has occurred every Fall Semester since 2003.
The event began in 2003, when Professor of Music and Assistant Dean of the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Dr. Ruth Reyes, worked with Director of Advancement, Alan Tison, to make a choir event for the community, as well as for donors, the constituency, as well as other friends of the college.