December 3, 2014: Dana School of Music to present ‘Carols & Cocoa’ at Stambaugh

The Dana School of Music will present its annual holiday music extravaganza, Carols & Cocoa and the Dana Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

Carols & Cocoa will be performed in Stambaugh’s Ballroom and will feature seasonal favorites, culminating in a holiday sing-along. Dana students bring cookies to share, and complimentary cocoa will be available.

Featured groups are: Trombone Ensemble, directed by Michael Crist; Dana Clarinet Ensemble, directed by Alice Wang; Dana Early Music Ensemble, directed by Randy Goldberg; Dana Flute Ensemble, directed by Kathryn Umble; University Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Dana Chorale and the Stambaugh Chorus, directed by Hae-Jong Lee.

After a brief intermission, guests are invited upstairs to the Concert Hall where the Dana Holiday Concert will be presented featuring selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and “Three Holiday Songs” from “Home Alone” by John Williams, plus other holiday standards performed by Dana ensembles and soloists.

“Messiah” selections will be performed by the Dana Symphonic Choir, Stambaugh Chorus and Dana Symphony Orchestra with guest soloists Misook Yun, soprano and Jason Budd, bass.

The high school guest ensemble is the Boardman High School Chorale, directed by Linda Smrek.

Additionally, the Dana Brass Quintet, directed by Stacie Mickens; YSU Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Alton Merrell; and the Dana Symphony Orchestra, directed by Stephen Gage will perform. Soloists include Joseph Kromholz, violin and Cicilia Yudha, piano. Organist Kathy Davison Miller will provide an organ postlude on Stambaugh’s E. M. Skinner pipe organ.

This annual event has been presented for over 30 years and first began in the lobby of YSU’s Bliss Hall. “Carols and Cocoa started as a modest sing-along in the Bliss hall lobby and has progressed to an outstanding musical evening consisting of the informal Carols and Cocoa segment, and the more formal Holiday Concert. Stambaugh Auditorium is a beautiful venue for these performances. We are humbled that the community supports the Dana School of Music in such a public way,” said Dr. Michael Crist, director of the Dana School of Music. He added that the two performances are an enjoyable way to begin the holiday festivities.

Tickets, which are all general admission, may be purchased in advance at the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office in person or by phone at 330-259-0555; or online at Tickets will also be available that evening. Ticket prices are $10 for adults; $5 for students from other schools and senior citizens; and free for children under 12 and YSU faculty, staff and students with a valid YSU ID.

For the second year, patrons may view the Holiday Concert as a live streaming event at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 by going to and clicking on the link.

YSU’s student Internet radio station, Rookery Radio, will rebroadcast the concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17 and again at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Christmas day. To hear this concert rebroadcast, patrons should go to and click on the link under “Listen Now.”

More information may be obtained by calling the Dana School of Music at 330-941-3636.

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