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Bethlehem, Pa., November 20, 2007— Three local children have been selected to sing the solo portions of the traditional Moravian hymn, “Morning Star,” at the Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary Christmas Vespers services in December. The Moravian College Choir, conducted by Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle, will be featured in the six services that will be held November 30, December 2, 3, and 7, 8, 9 at Central Moravian Church, at the corner of Main and Church Street.
Members of the Moravian College Music Department chose Julia Lega (age 9), Dorothy Brill (age 8), and Noelle Imani Clark (age 11) to sing “Morning Star” at the annual vespers.
Julia Lega is the daughter of Wendy and Peter Lega 1985 graduates of Moravian College. Julia is a fourth-grader at Saucon Valley ElementarySchool in Hellertown, Pa.
Dorothy Brill is the daughter of Joyce and Bob Brill. Bob is an associate professor of psychology at Moravian College. Dorothy is a 3rd grade student at the St. Anne’s School in Bethlehem, Pa.
Noelle Imani Clark is the daughter of Anita and Steven Clarke. She is the niece of Nancy Clarke, assistant dean of music at Moravian College. Noelle is in the 6th grade at Bank Street School for Children in New York, N.Y.
Moravian Theological Seminary graduate Francis Florentine Hagen composed "Morning Star" in 1836.The Morning Star hymn is traditionally sung by a child soloist each year. Auditions were held in October.
The soloist, choir, and congregation join in singing the hymn as the church lights are dimmed and the beeswax candles are distributed by members of the college and seminary community. Moravian College's tradition of celebrating the Christmas season with special vespers services dates back to 1742. The Christmas Vespers services are held for the immediate college community and invited guests.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.