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Musical Christmas Greetings from Acclamation

Published: November 25, 2008 | Category: Arts

Acclamation offers a heartwarming musical Christmas card that celebrates the holidays with the most treasured songs of the season, including “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bells.”

Acclamation will perform An Acclamation Christmas: Holiday Snapshots through History in the Auditorium Theatre at Southern Utah University, December 8, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $7, SUU students, faculty and staff tickets are $5. Special family discount of $20 for a family of five.

“White Christmas” and “Jingle Bells” are only two of the selections of this ageless Acclamation Holiday Greeting. The compilation of songs and dances performed in An Acclamation Christmas: Holiday Shapshots through History celebrates the Christmas Seasons of the past.

Throughout the year, this touring group will perform at senior organizations, fundraising events, local schools and on campus. As the newest addition to the College of Performing and Visual Arts, the Acclamation song and dance troupe is the entertainment ambassador of the College. Founded over a decade ago, as SUU Show Choir, these Acclamation students enrich the lives of the SUU student body, the communities of Southern Utah and beyond through their musical performance.

Payden Adams (’11), Emilie Anderson (’10), Cesar Bojorquez (‘11), Kayla Card (’10), Jessica Dansie (’11), Rhett Guter (’09), Trevor Hunt (’11), Matthew Marberry (’12), Jenny Smith (’12) and Katie Wackowski (’09) make up this touring company. This touring troupe consists of students from the Theatre Arts and Dance Department, including the new Musical Theatre degree.

Director, Melinda Pfundstein-Vaughn is a graduate from SUU, member of the Actors Equity Association and an actor at the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of the departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, and a graduate program in Arts Administration. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespearean Festival, the performance group Acclamation, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. Over 550 students are majoring in 16 different degree areas in the arts. Both liberal arts B.A. and B.S. degrees are offered, as well four professional degrees: Bachelor of Music (B.M.); Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Arts Education; and the B.F.A. in Theatre. The College’s Art and Design, Music, and Dance programs are nationally accredited. More than 60 full and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring students in their pursuit of a degree in the arts. The College regularly enrolls 1100 students each semester in over 195 classes on the SUU campus. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean 435-865-8561 or by e-mail at

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