Holiday Vespers is a long-standing popular tradition of the College, during which the community comes together to celebrate light and togetherness on a dark and cold December night. The production was envisioned by Professor Emeritus Catharine Melhorn in 1971 and includes performances by the choral ensembles, jazz ensembles, and the English Handbell Ensemble. Cherished aspects of the event include a chant processional sung by candlelight as well as ample opportunities for community singing. The performances are free and open to the public (members of the community line up 1-2 hours beforehand to ensure seating!), and are also performed alternately each year in Boston and New York. Check the local alumnae associations for information about location and ticketing.