Christmas Cheer Rings Clear at Annual Christmas Fantasia

rsz_1202142000With violins strumming, bells ringing and voices rejoicing, the beauty and wonder of Christmas filled the air at Vanguard University’s 2014 Christmas Fantasia concerts, presented by Meguiar’s.

Bringing in the Christmas season, Vanguard’s concert choir, women’s choir, concert orchestra and jazz band performed for the annual holiday celebration. The concert was staged at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on December 2 and at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on December 5. Both venues gleamed with Christmas décor.

As they say in the movie Elf, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” With instruments and voices singing, Vanguard’s choirs, orchestra and jazz band decked the halls of both venues with Christmas cheer. Students, professors, staff, families and people from around the community gathered for the concerts.

At the Segerstrom performance, each note rang through the giant hall as the singers harmonized and the instruments played. After an opening song, the performers and attendees stood and sang traditional carols together. From there, the choirs, orchestra and jazz band took turns performing separately and together.

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Dance Battles, Acoustic Love Songs and Swooning Ladies Mean One Thing at Vanguard University: Woofest

Woofest 2014With a theme resembling The Bachelorette, the men of Huntington Hall battled with dance and song to capture the hearts of the women of Vanguard University on Nov. 20 at the annual Woofest.

Dressed to the nines, as they say these days, Vanguard’s women strutted their heels over to Newport Mesa Church around 9 p.m. for a night of wooing. Greeted by a fountain, photo shoot and red carpet, the night was set for romance. As the men continued to escort ladies to their seats, every chair filled. By 9:30 p.m., the event’s scheduled start time, it was standing room only.

First up, second floor resident assistant (RA) Jonathan Schalembier’s floor took the stage. Dressed in black slacks, button-up shirts and red suspenders, they were ready to woo. In the weeks leading to this moment, the men of second floor put in hours of dance practice and vocals work. “It was pretty intense,” Schalembier said, “You want to put out something you can be proud of and that takes a lot of work.”

Looking back on the show, Schalembier said he was “really happy with the final result.” Most importantly, Schalembier wanted to give credit to the life-saving help he received in choreographing his floor’s dance. He wanted to thank theater students, Austin Nunn and Winter Bassett, for their amazing choreography work. Putting on Woofest is a “really big team effort,” Schalembier said. “It’s way more fun when you have people who are willing to help and support,” he added.

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