December 04, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
There wasn’t an empty seat to be found at the packed annual Vespers Service at Mount Saint Mary College on December 3.
The highly-anticipated annual service, which kicks off the season for the college community, features lessons and carols like “Ave Maria,” “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” and “Silent Night.” The Mount Saint Mary College Choir, which consists of students, faculty, and staff, were joined by the St. Philip’s Church Choir of Garrison to present the performance.
Mount Professor of Music Durward Entrekin has been conducting and organizing the Vespers Service for the past 24 years.
Aside from the choral pieces, the program for the service remains the same from year to year, including the readings, prayers, and even some of the song selections.
“So few things remain the same in our world, but Vespers is one of them,” Entrekin noted. “It has an emotional high that never gets old.”
The first Vespers at the Mount took place in 1974. Nicholas Valentine, former mayor of Newburgh, was in the audience, and observed that the choir could benefit from classic tuxedos. He has been providing tuxedo rentals for the service from his business, Broadway Tailors of Newburgh, since 1975.