Stephen F. Austin State University


SFA School of Music to present Bach's 'Magnificat' in annual holiday concert

November 29, 2017
SFA's A Cappella Choir (pictured) and Festival Orchestra, Women's Choir and Choral Union will present "Christmas Celebration" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the university campus.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The choirs at Stephen F. Austin State University, along with the Festival Orchestra, will present SFA's traditional holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the university campus.

The highly anticipated "Christmas Celebration" concert will feature "Magnificat in D" by Johann Sebastian Bach and other seasonal favorites, according to Dr. Michael Murphy, director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music.

SFA's A Cappella Choir, Women's Choir and Choral Union, with Murphy and Dr. Tod Fish conducting, will be accompanied by the Festival Orchestra. Graduate guest conductors will be Emily Bulling and Evelyn Shaffer.

"Magnificat in D" will be performed by the A Cappella Choir and will feature School of Music voice faculty members Debbie Berry, Charlotte Davis, Scott LaGraff and Richard Leonberger, along with Houston graduate student Joshua Chavira.

The program also features Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" and a Christmas carol audience sing-a-long.

The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit

By Robbie Goodrich
University Marketing Communications
(936) 468-2605