Christmas at the Valley to be held virtually

Aly Richards ’22 Staff Writer

This year’s Christmas at the Valley event will be livestreamed via the LVC website.

Every year, the music department holds an event with performances by all LVC choirs, the handbell choir and various singers and instrumentalists to celebrate Christmas. Various lessons from the Bible are recited by students as well. Each member involved filmed a video of their performance or lesson to be compiled into one video that will be streamed.

 Dr. Kyle Zeuch, director of the LVC choirs, explains that time and extensive preparation were needed to make this year’s Christmas at the Valley happen.

“There are so many people that have gone above and beyond to make this happen,” he said. “The music department faculty, marketing and communications, alumni relations, student video editors, and all of the students have been enthusiastic and grateful to be a part of this event.”

In order to comply with the COVID-19 restrictions, the choirs could not rehearse as a group; only about half of the choir could rehearse at a time. Students were required to wear masks at all times, and the groups rehearsed in Chapel where they could be a minimum of 12 feet apart. Zeuch expresses the difficulty in rehearsing the choir this way.

“At times, it hasn’t felt like a choir at all,” he said. “The thing that we rely on is that while things can’t be ‘normal’ right now, there are things that can feel “familiar.” We are relying on the familiar which brings us comfort and hope.”

Zeuch states that he never thought Christmas at the Valley would not happen, and believes it was important for everyone involved that it did happen. He encourages everyone to view the performance when it airs.

Christmas at the Valley is on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. The event will be livestreamed at www.lvc.edu/catv.