For more than three decades singers, originally of the Provo Utah Central Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have put on a program of music for the Christmas season.

At the request of the Provo Utah Central Stake presidency (President Ross Denham, Louis Bandley and Harold Laycock), a Stake Concert Series was inaugurated in the Fall of 1979. The Central Stake choir for that occasion numbered about 25 singers. During the intervening years the concert series has continued and the annual Christmas concert has become a significant part of the holiday season, not only for the stake, but for the community as well.

The concert is loosely patterned after the world-famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast evey Christmas Eve from King's College Chapel in Cambridge, England. Minnesota Public Radio—and KBYU-FM (89.1 MHz)—often broadcast this service live on Christmas Eve at 8 am Mountain (3 pm Greenwich Mean Time).

The concert venue has usually been, as it is this year, the stake center on 1200 West 500 North in Provo. In early years, before the installation of the 18-rank, manual tracker organ in that church, the venue was another building on 400 North 700 West. And on one or two occasions in the mid 1990s, it was moved to the Provo Tabernacle.

In other years, it has been augmented by a separate Christmas Eve service with guest conductors such as Mack Wilberg, presently music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

In still other years, the choir has been invited to swell the ranks of the local congregation of St. Mary's Episcopal. For many choir members, a year without singing at St. Mary's on Christmas Eve is almost a year without Christmas.