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Illinois College choirs to present Christmas on the Hilltop


The choirs of Illinois College will present the 37th annual “Christmas on the Hilltop” on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm in Rammelkamp Chapel.

The candlelit concert has become a community tradition, drawing standing-room-only audiences from near and far. This year’s performance has the theme of “hope” and will feature music of the season spanning a multitude of musical styles and eras. 

Music has the power to encourage and inspire, to lift people up. As musicians, we wanted to bring some of that hope and joy to the community this holiday season, as a thank you for all the wonderful support they have given us these past few years.
Abby Musgrove, Director of Choirs

The Illinois College Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Blue Tie Affair men’s ensemble will perform, joined by the Illinois College Wind Ensemble. Choirs and instrumentalists will perform traditional carols and seasonal favorites during the inspiring event. Selections include a classical “Gloria” by Franz Joseph Haydn, the well-loved African-American spiritual “Ain-a That Good News,” and an acappella version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Paul Simon. The unique performance will also feature a Haitian Christmas carol, a medieval chant melody paired with a South-African freedom song, and a unique arrangement of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”  

Admission is free, and audiences are encouraged to arrive early to ensure seating.  For more information, email

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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