Fresno Pacific University musical ensembles will celebrate Christmas with “A Festival of Lessons & Carols.”

Services will be at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 24 in First Presbyterian Church, 1540 M St., Fresno. Admission is $10 for general audiences and $5 for members of the FPU community. Proceeds will benefit Fresno Pacific music programs. Advance tickets available at More information at, and 559-453-2267.

Through music and readings, “Lessons & Carols” tells the story of the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus in nine lessons beginning with Genesis and including the prophetic books of the Bible and the Gospels. The order is based on a Church of England service first performed in 1918 at King’s College, Cambridge University.

FPU ensembles will be the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Crosswind vocal/instrumental troupe, the San Joaquin Chorale community choir and the Pacific Bronze hand bell choir. The congregation will also sing selections.

Ensembles are directed by Bethany Lynn Alvey, D.M.A., FPU director of choral activities (choirs); Daniel Bishop, M.A., M.M., adjunct instructor (San Joaquin Chorale); Patricia Cota, M.A., adjunct instructor (Pacific Bronze); and Melita Mudri-Zubacz, M.A., M.M., adjunct music faculty (Crosswind). Walter Saul, D.M.A., professor of music, will play organ and Matthew Horton, accompanist, will play piano.

For more information on this and other FPU music events, email or call 559-453-2267.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations