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WIU Holiday Festival of Choirs December 2-3

November 29, 2011

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MACOMB, IL – The holiday season would not be complete in Macomb without Western Illinois University's Holiday Festival of Choirs. This year's performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 309 W. Jackson Street, Macomb. Pre-concert music will start at 7:10 p.m.

Seven local ensembles will perform at the festival. They include the Western Illinois University Singers and Madrigal Singers, directed by School of Music Professor and Director of Choral Activities James Stegall; WIU's Concert Choir, conducted by Choral Music Education Assistant Professor Kelly Miller; and the Macomb High School Madrigal Singers, directed by Choral Instructor Melanie Butcher.

The WIU Brass Ensemble, under Music Professor Randall Faust, and the WIU International String Quartet, conducted by Richard Hughey, Western's director of orchestral activities, are new additions to the program this year. Stegall will also conduct the Holiday Festival Children's Honor Ensemble, an auditioned group of treble voices in grades six through eight.

The festival program can be viewed at

Tickets ($15 general admission; free for WIU students with a valid ID) are available at the Hainline box office, (309) 298-2900, from noon -5 p.m. weekdays, or at, click on "Get Tickets."

For more information, contact Stegall at (309) 298-1378 or e-mail

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