The weather outside was frightful, but Cairn University’s 3rd annual Starry Night celebration was still delightful.
Despite the rain, the Christmas spirit was alive and well inside the Mason Activity Center on Friday, December 6th. The annual event, sponsored by Student Life, welcomed students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local community for festivities and fun. The evening kicked off with a special Christmas dinner, the mood set with musical performances by students and staff. After dinner, the MAC was packed with activity—ranging from a hot chocolate station, to gingerbread house and cookie decorating, to ornament-making, Christmas card writing, and a photo booth. Outside, folks braved the drizzle for cozy fires, cookies fresh from an outdoor oven, and apple cider ladled from huge kettles.
After some enthusiastic Christmas-themed games in the gym, Starry Night festivities in the MAC concluded with a Christmas Sing-Off, where students, faculty, and staff competed for prizes based on the “best musical performance.”
As the evening wound down, many headed to the Chatlos Chapel to enjoy “Christmas Kaleidoscope,” a festive collaboration of Cairn musical ensembles featuring handbells, choirs, an orchestra, and more. In the spirit of the evening, orchestra conductor Joseph Caminiti invited the audience to join all the performers in a final round of Christmas carols. (This concert was the 3rd in the School of Music’s 2013-14 Concert Series.)
May your holidays be merry and bright, and God bless you in 2014!
In August of 2022, Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, chair of Music Education in the School of Music, was one of 40 music researchers selected to present papers for the Research