Mount Marty University to Hold Vespers in November

November 6, 2020

Mount Marty University invites the community to celebrate the sounds of the Christmas season at the 38th annual Vespers Concert to take place on Sunday, November 22, 2020. Two performances will be held, one at 4:00 p.m. and one at 7:00 p.m. This year, Vespers will be held at Saint Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton, SD.

Featuring the talents of the Mount Marty Choir under the direction of Brandon Connell, Vespers includes Scripture reading and prayer in addition to hymns and carols.

“People should go to Vespers to experience the unmatched beauty of the Christian choral tradition and God's infinite love for us poured out in scripture,” says Connell. “Our singers sing beautifully. You won't be disappointed!”

Students participating in this annual program are anxiously anticipating the concert, ready to show off the tremendous work they have done.

“The choir spends countless hours preparing for this night. And, when it is all said and done, it isn’t about us,” said MMU singer Emily Monier. “Vespers is a nightly prayer and it is about praising God. We do all of this in honor of Him and we wouldn’t want it any other way!”

This event will be recorded and televised by South Dakota Public Broadcasting at 10:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

The performance is free and open to the public. No ticket will be required for entry. To encourage the health and safety of our community, masks are recommended. Mount Marty University thanks the Yankton Benedictines of Sacred Heart Monastery for graciously sponsoring this event.

For more information, please contact Brandon Connell, Mount Marty’s Director of Choral Activities, at or (605)-668-1539.