NORTHFIELD, MINN. — Johanna Hilfiker of Holtville will participate in the 2010 St. Olaf College Christmas Festival, one of the nation’s longest-running celebrations of the season. Hilfiker , a member of the St. Olaf Choir , will appear in four performances December 2–5. More than 12,000 people attend the annual performances.

The festival, which first took place in 1912, is a two-hour program of hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections that celebrate the birth of Christ. This year’s concert, A Child, a Son, the Prince of Peace, includes more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra under the leadership of Artistic Director Anton Armstrong ’78.

Minnesota Public Radio will present a live broadcast of the 2010 St. Olaf Christmas Festival on Sunday, December 5, at 3:30 p.m. The broadcast can be heard on most regional classical music stations and will be streamed live online at http://minnesota.publicradio.org/ (where previous festival streams also are archived). You can also hear an encore broadcast of the concert on December 23 at 7 p.m.

PBS will air Christmas at St. Olaf: Where Peace and Love and Hope Abide, a one-hour presentation of the 2007 St. Olaf Christmas Festival produced by Twin Cities Public Television, as part of its national holiday programming. Check your local PBS listings for telecast dates and times.

Student name: Johanna Hilfiker
Student year: 2013
Major(s): ,
Instrument/voice: Alto I
Parent name(s): Richard and Deann Hilfiker
Hometown: Holtville
High school attended: Holtville High School
Newspaper: Holtville Tribune

St. Olaf College
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf College offers an academically rigorous education with a vibrant faith tradition as a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. St. Olaf prepares students to become responsible citizens of the world by fostering the development of mind, body, and spirit. Widely known for its programs in mathematics, the natural sciences, and music, St. Olaf also provides dynamic opportunities for interdisciplinary study. Committed to global education, more than three-quarters of St. Olaf students participate in off-campus study programs. Over the years, St. Olaf College has been a national leader among liberal arts colleges in producing Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright Fellows, and Peace Corps volunteers.

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