Friday, Dec 16th at 7pm

Barnard’s First Universalist Church

Winter Carols
is BarnArts original event and the highlight of our Winter programming.
Winter Carols is free, a gift for the community from BarnArts.  Please join us!

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Our Winter Carols music director, harpist Judi Byron, has put the program together this year under the theme “Wolcome Yole!” which reflects on the tradition of the twelve days of Christmas, a traditional time of celebration and visitation.

“We mark the Winter Solstice, anticipate the New Year and join with family and friends in a time of making merry, feasting and exchanging good cheer.”


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Don’t miss this festive opportunity to join with neighbors and friends and celebrate the season as a community. Winter Carols includes audience sing-alongs as well as instrumental and choral performances.

Admission is free for this 75-minute performance which includes the BarnArts Youth and BarnArts Chorale, Tenor Sam Grandaw of Boston, Kathleen Dolan and Mark van Gulden on vibes and flute, the talented 4 hands of Carol Rousseau and Ellen Satterthwaite on piano, teen trombonist Adam Farinas, and community sing-a-longs.  The program is directed by Judi Byron on harp and guitar.

WINTER CAROLS is BarnArts original event and is provided free to the community as a gift, to encourage all to come together and celebrate the season with song.  The year’s celebration includes selections from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Kirke Mechem’s 7 Joys of Christmas, along with the traditional “wassailing” presented by the BarnArts Chorale and BarnArts Youth.

Music Director Judi Byron is a harpist, teacher, therapeutic harp practitioner, performer, liturgical musician and choir director.  A life-long musician on a multitude of instruments, she began the harp 30 years ago after seeing this enchanting instrument in a small concert. The harp brought her to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe for 17 years, where she entertained guests in the dining room and served as music director for the Lodge’s many musical programs. As a therapeutic harpist, she has worked with the Palliative Care Team at the University of Vermont Medical Center and shares her love for music and the harp in various nursing homes and facilities, and plays for the ill and dying.

Samuel Grandaw is currently studying at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He has participated as a member of the chorus in The Eastman School of Music, as a choral section leader in a number of Anglican and Catholic parishes throughout the country, and now serves as the tenor section leader for the choir at the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Massachusetts.  He toured internationally as part of the Phoenix Boys Choir.  Sam’s true passion is, and always will be, opera.

Accompanist Carol Rousseau, has been accompanying community choruses and shows since 1980. She is the secretary of Sharon Elementary School.

Kathleen Dolan is an amateur freelance musician living in Barnard. She plays alto and concert flute both classically and in a jazz/blues style. She has performed with several musical groups including Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junkateers, The Hartland Flute Chorale and with duets and trios for various occasions. She is the executive director of Artistree Community Arts Center.

Mark van Gulden is a professional freelance musician living in Barnard and working throughout the state and Northeast. His specialties are vibraphone and percussion. He studied at Berklee College of Music and holds a BFA in Music Performance and Composition from Johnson State College. He has worked in Vermont as a freelance musician for several decades and has performed in numerous concerts and club dates and has participated in many and varied recording projects. He is director of music at Artistree Community Arts Center.

Adam Farinas is a senior at Woodstock Union High School. He has studied trombone with Michael Zsoldos, George Voland, David Westfallen and Tim Atherton and performed New Orleans-style brass band music under the guidance of WUHS band leader Jody Henderson, including at the annual BarnArts Masquerade Jazz Funk Winter Music Carnival. He has acted and sang in four BarnArts Summer Youth Theater programs and recently performed with Lebanon based Trumble Hall Troupe in Legally Blonde.

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