Annual Holiday Sing
The annual Holiday Sing is the oldest cultural tradition at UT Dallas, dating back to 1976. Beginning as a presentation of "Lessons and Carols," a selection of readings, carols and numbers from Handel's "Messiah," and called the Annual Messiah Sing, the event has evolved into a family-friendly Holiday Sing. While retaining the original idea of readings and carols related to the Christmas season, the event now features the UT Dallas Chamber Singers, the UT Dallas Wind Ensemble and readings by Arts and Humanities undergraduate and graduate students. The event always includes the reading of the Christmas story from the St. James Version of the Bible, by the Dean of the School, in English and a chosen foreign language, in reference to the international student population at UT Dallas. Languages have included French, German, Chinese, Spanish, Hebrew, and Latin.
Past Holiday Sings have included "An International Christmas" (2008), "Feliz Navidad: Christmas in the Spanish World" (2007), "Wassail! Christmas in Merrie Olde England" (2006), "Home for the Holidays" (2005), "A Child's Christmas" (2004), "Christmas From Around the World" (2003), "A Medieval to Modern Christmas" (2002), "The 25th Annual Holiday Sing" (2001), "A Renaissance Christmas" (2000) and "A Victorian Christmas" (1999).
The Holiday Sing is directed by Associate Dean for the Arts Kathryn Evans, who also directs the UT Dallas Chamber Singers. The Holiday Sing is usually performed on the last Saturday evening of the fall semester.