Holiday Vespers

Vespers

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.

Students sing in a Vespers concert at Mount Holyoke

Holiday Vespers 2016

Before there was speech, was there song? Be illuminated by the College’s annual Vespers concert—a holiday treat for the soul and the senses.
Students sing in a Vespers concert at Mount Holyoke College.

Holiday Vespers 2015

The Mount Holyoke College musical ensembles will join forces in two performances of Vespers, a beloved College tradition.
Image of candlelight choir.

Holiday Vespers 2014

The annual Mount Holyoke College holiday tradition will include an eclectic program, a candlelight procession, and a Christmas carol sing-along.

Holiday Vespers 2013

Start your holiday season on a high note at this cherished campus tradition, a musical celebration of Christmas and winter’s beauty.
Holiday Vespers 2012

Holiday Vespers 2012

Mount Holyoke's annual Christmas Vespers, one of the College's most cherished traditions, will be presented.
Holiday Vespers 2011

Holiday Vespers 2011

Mount Holyoke's annual Christmas Vespers, one of the College's most cherished traditions, will be presented.