Arts & Culture

UK Choirs to celebrate 25 years of singing in the holiday season at 'Collage'

photo of Jefferson Johnson conducting UK Women's Choir, UK Men's Chorus and Lexington Singers Children's Choir at "Collage"
This will be UK Choirs 25th anniversary production of the beloved holiday concert "Collage."

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2022) — The University of Kentucky Choirs celebrates the 25th anniversary of everyone’s favorite holiday concert, “Collage: A Holiday Spectacular,” Dec. 3-4, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.   

"Collage" is a time-honored holiday tradition for Central Kentucky audiences. "Since the first 'Collage' concert in 1998, nearly 5,000 students have participated,” says director of UK Choral Activities, Jefferson Johnson, D.M.A.. “Over the past 25 years 'Collage' has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families throughout the Bluegrass. Many people tell us that 'Collage' kicks off their holiday season each year." This fast-paced and visually exciting concert features more than 500 celebrated vocalists and musicians from the UK School of Music and the Lexington Singers Children’s Choir.  

"Collage" is presented by the UK Choirs under the direction of Johnson and Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK Choral Activities. The concerts showcase the department's highly praised student groups: UK Chorale; UK Choristers, conducted by Elizabeth Wilson; UK Women's Choir; and UK Men's Chorus, as well as the UK Choirs' a cappella groups, the acoUstiKats, Paws and Listen and Blue Note.  

Along with the UK Choirs, this season’s concerts will feature performances by Professor Dieter Hennings Yeomans on guitar; the UK Trombone Quartet led by Associate Professor Bradley Kerns; UK Tuba-Euphonium Quartet directed by Assistant Professor Matthew Hightower; SaxCats led by Director of UK Jazz Studies Miles Osland;UK Blue Steel, a steel drum band led by lecturer Josh Smith; UK Holiday Clarinets led by Associate Professor Scott Wright; and crowd favorite, the Grasscats, a bluegrass band led by Johnson.  

In addition to showcasing the UK Choirs and musicians at the UK School of Music, each year "Collage" features the rich talents of the Lexington arts community. UK will welcome back to the stage the Lexington Singers Children's Choir, conducted by Hetzel and UK Choirs alumnus Daniel Wesley, for several songs. The programs will also include appearances by Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Chamber Choir, conducted by Tiffany Marsh; Lexington Christian Academy Chamber Choir, led by Wesley; and the Woodford County High School Choir under the direction of UK alumnus Taylor Strickland.   

“Collage” will help the Bluegrass rejoice in the holiday spirit beginning 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall. Tickets for "Collage" are $34 for adults and $17 for students, plus processing fees. Tickets are available through the Singletary Center ticket office by phone at 869-257-4929, online at, or in person at the box office.   

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.