“Songs of the Season” Fill the Air at on Dec. 1, 2016

“Songs of the Season” Fill the Air at on Dec. 1, 2016

Santa Fe Singers, photo by Suzanna Mars
Santa Fe Singers, photo by Suzanna Mars

The Santa Fe Singers will make holiday musical magic in their annual “‘Songs of the Season” concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 in the Fine Arts Hall at the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83 Street, Gainesville.

Tickets are $15 main floor and $12 balcony for adults; $9 for seniors, children and University of Florida students; and free for Santa Fe College faculty, staff and students with college identification cards. For ticket information, call the Box Office at 352-395-4181 or visit the Fine Arts ticket website at:

Directed by Music Professor Lynn Sandefur, the vocalists will perform holiday favorites from different decades and different styles including classical, jazz, pop, rock, and gospel.

The program includes a new and lively version of “Carol of the Bells”; jazz arrangements of “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “Jingle Bells”; heartwarming renditions of “The Christmas Song” and “All is Well”; and the holiday standards “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Silent Night.”

Accompanying the singers will be Music Professor Mitch McKay on piano and the Santa Fe Band, directed by Music Professor Steven Bingham, Ph.D.

Joan Freese, a former SF College student, will be spotlighted on stage as she uses American Sign Language to interpret the concert for people with hearing impairments.

Sandefur teaches voice and piano at SF and has served as musical director for many of the college’s theatre productions. She has performed throughout Florida as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras and choruses. She has served as choral director, instructor and coordinator for Alachua County’s schools and was twice named Alachua County High School Teacher of the Year. The choirs, ensembles and soloists she has directed have received top honors and awards at state and national festivals and competitions. Sandefur holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music education from Stetson University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Florida.

“Songs of the Season” is sponsored in part by SF College and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and Visit Gainesville, a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council.

For more information about “Songs of the Season,” call Music Professor Lynn Sandefur at 352-359-1158.

For more information about Santa Fe College’s Fine Arts Programs, call Fine Arts Department Chairperson Alora Haynes, 352-395-5296.