Augustana Christmas Vespers 2020

Event Details

Date: December 21 - December 31, 2020

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: YouTube | Broadcasting | Radio

Augustana Christmas Vespers 2020

You can watch the entire Vespers performance on the Augustana University YouTube channel until December 31, 2020
Here’s how you can make sure you don’t miss this special event:
  • Use this link to go directly to our Youtube Premiere Watch page:
  • If you haven't already, now is a great time to click on the subscribe button to stay current with everything happening at Augustana

Enjoy this gift from Augustana to you, and invite your family and friends to watch, too!

The Augustana School of Music presents Christmas Vespers 2020, a celebration of the birth of Christ featuring Augustana’s four choirs, orchestra and band. The School of Music has embraced the power of technology to bring this beloved tradition to you virtually through online streaming and television broadcasts. Read more about the making of Vespers and find out how you can support this incredible initiative by clicking here.

We hope you will join us for an online watch party on Saturday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m. CST.  After that, you will be able to access segments of Augustana's Christmas Vespers via Augustana's YouTube Channel.

Beginning on Friday, December 18, Vespers will be available via television broadcast as listed below. We hope you enjoy this treasured family tradition of worshipping and experiencing the magic of the season from the comfort of your own home this year.

*Disclaimer: The Augustana School of Music followed strict COVID-19 protocols throughout the rehearsal and performance process, as recommended by the International Performing Arts Aerosol Study.  Vespers 2020 was produced in two portions, a series of multi-tracked audio recordings and a separate video recording session.  The final video product is overdubbed with the pre-recorded audio.  Students, faculty and staff were socially distanced, masked and limited music performance to no more than 30 minutes followed by a 20-minute break to allow for a full outdoor air exchange. 


December 18-25 Broadcast Dates and Times

Station Broadcast Date Airtime
South Dakota Public Broadcasting 12/18 8 p.m.
South Dakota Public Broadcasting 12/24 7 p.m.
Prairie Public Broadcasting 12/24 Noon
Ozark Public Television 12/17 8 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting 12/23 3 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting 12/25 2:30 a.m.


We are pleased and grateful the following stations will broadcast the 2020 Christmas Vespers program as well, times are still TBD:

Dr. Paul Nesheim directs The Augustana Choir and Chamber Choir. The orchestra is led by Dr. Peter Folliard, and Drs. Lisa Grevlos and Russell Svenningsen direct Angelus and the University Chorale. Dr. Christopher Unger directs the band.


As one of Augustana’s oldest and most beloved traditions Vespers made its debut on December 18, 1938, when the Augustana Choir presented a service of Yuletide music to a full house in the gymnasium. Follow the link to read more about the History of Augustana Christmas Vespers written by Dr. Lisa Grevlos.