School of music
with Peter Van de Graaff
Upcoming Specials
byu celebration of christmas
Four broadcasts
12/21 at 4pm; 12/22 at noon; 12/23 at 6pm; 12/24 at 11am. This concert always sells out, so if you don't have the good fortune to attend in person, here's the next best thing. Performances by the BYU Philharmonic, Singers, Concert Choir, Women's Chorus, and Men's Chorus.

all is bright
Three broadcasts
12/20 at 5pm; 12/22 at 10am; 12/25 at 9am. Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music that tells the traditional Christmas story with songs about angels, the star and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs. For program listings, and to hear the program again visit

an anonymous 4 christmas
Two broadcasts
12/2 at 4pm; 12/21 at 8pm. For Christmas, the legendary Anonymous 4 sings medieval music from England, France and Spain that praises the Virgin Mary. The devotional songs come from the Codex Las Huelgas, Montpellier Codex, and Cantigas de Santa Maria. Anglo-American ballads such as the Cherry Tree Carol and A Virgin Unspotted add a homespun seasonal touch.

a chanticleer christmas
Three broadcasts
12/19 at 8pm; 12/23 at 5pm; 12/24 at 8pm. A one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices." Listen again, and view the playlist at

christmas story in words and music
12/23 8pm
Scriptures from the New Testament, combined with Christmas music

christmas with the king's singers
Three broadcasts
12/2 at 5pm; 12/17 at 8pm; 12/22 at 4pm. It’s an a cappella Christmas from England with the King’s Singers, one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles. In an exclusive New York appearance recorded at The Greene Space, this male sextet — consummate entertainers with a delightfully British wit — perform timeless carols, Christmas classics and new arrangements in their impeccable vocal blend.

christmas with the tabernacle choir
Four broadcasts
12/19 at 5pm; 12/22 at 3pm; 12/24 at 10am; 12/25 at 1pm. The world-renowned Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite. For program listings, and to hear the program again visit

a festival of 9 lessons and carols
12/24 8am; 12/25 4pm
The legendary music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England. Since 1928, this service of Biblical readings with choral and organ selections has been broadcast live by the BBC. It is now a treasured worldwide Christmas Eve tradition. To view the printed program for the service visit

first presidency christmas devotional
12/2 6pm; 12/18 11am
Christmas messages from General Authorities and Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

hollywood holiday
12/18 5pm; 12/24 1pm
An hour of holiday movie music that ranges from the sentimental to the completely cranky. From “White Christmas” and cozy homes for the holidays, to Grinches and Scrooges, Hollywood Holiday takes in your favorite holiday movies from a musical point of view.

tchaikovsky's nutcracker
12/2 1pm
The complete ballet about Clara's magical journey to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. We'll enjoy a recording by the Berlin Philharmonic, led by Simon Rattle.

st. olaf christmas festival
12/16 4pm; 12/22 9pm
A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity. Listen again, and view the playlist at

welcome christmas
Three broadcasts
12/20 at 8pm; 12/23 at 4pm; 12/25 at 10am. A perennial broadcast favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEssence, recognized internationally as one of America’s premier choral groups. Listen to program again, and view the playlist at

winter holidays around the world
Three broadcasts
12/17 at 5pm; 12/24 at 5pm; 12/25 at 8pm. Winter holidays are celebrated around the world, and their music is wonderful to hear, regardless of which tradition you observe. Bill’s spirited selection starts in the 12th century with Nova Stella, medieval Italian Christmas music from Saint Francis of Assisi’s staging of the nativity; jazz pianist Dave Brubeck’s classical composition La Fiesta de la Posada, evoking a Mexican Christmas celebration; and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. We will enjoy this time of year in Paris with music from Debussy, and then travel to Polynesia for a traditional hymn, Anau Oia Ea. And then ending with an excerpt from Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors from the original television production. Turn on your radio, pour a cup of hot chocolate, cozy up to a warm fire, and enjoy the music!