Area students are slated to perform with in the 2010 St. Olaf College Christmas Festival.

Zachary and Sarah Gingerich, children of James and Janet Gingerich of Conway, will participate in the 2010 St. Olaf College Christmas Festival, one of the nation’s longest-running celebrations of the season. Gingerich, a member of the St. Olaf Orchestra, will appear in four performances Dec. 2–5. More than 12,000 people attend the annual performances. 

Andrew Bourgoin, son of Michael and Donna Bourgoin of Conway will also perform in the festival.

The festival, which first took place in 1912, is a two-hour program of hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections that celebrate the birth of Christ. This year’s concert, A Child, a Son, the Prince of Peace, includes more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra under the leadership of Artistic Director Anton Armstrong. 

Minnesota Public Radio will present a live broadcast of the 2010 St. Olaf Christmas Festival on Dec. 5, at 3:30 p.m. The broadcast can be heard on most regional classical music stations and will be streamed live online at minnesota.publicradio.org (where previous festival streams also are archived). You can also hear an encore broadcast of the concert on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.

PBS will air Christmas at St. Olaf: Where Peace and Love and Hope Abide, a one-hour presentation of the 2007 St. Olaf Christmas Festival produced by Twin Cities Public Television, as part of its national holiday programming. Check your local PBS listings for telecast dates and times.

Zachary, who will graduate in 2013, plays the trombone. He is a student at Conway Senior High School. Sarah, who will graduate in 2011, plays the cello. She is a student at Conway Senior High School. 

Bourgoin, who will be a 2012 graduate, plays the bass II. He is a student at Conway Senior High School.