How much do you know about SPU? Winter 2021

Photo courtesy of SPU Photo Archives

Seattle Pacific University’s first Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert was held in 2000 in the Nordstrom Recital Hall, the smaller performance space in downtown Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. The community response to the concert was so great, the event moved to Benaroya Hall’s 2,500-seat main auditorium the next year.

For nearly 20 years, SPU sold out tickets for its annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas concerts until the COVID-19 pandemic halted last year’s event. Instead, the University produced Behold!, a virtual celebration of music and stories from SPU alumni, students, and faculty.

Scheduling conflicts and other challenges necessitated the suspension of this year’s Sacred Sounds concert, but you can watch 2020’s Behold! at

Who was the longest serving director of choral music at SPU from 1992 to 2018, who was instrumental in creating the Sacred Sounds of Christmas concerts?

Email your answer to by Feb. 28, 2022, to be entered into a drawing to win an SPU sweatshirt.

Illustration by Tommy Parker


If you have Seattle Pacific artifacts, keepsakes, photos, or documents that you would like to contribute to the University Archives, or if you have questions about SPU history, contact Adrienne Thun Meier ’04, university archivist, at 206-281-2422 or

Last issue’s answers

In the Spring/Summer issue, we asked readers to identify the oldest club on campus that is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.

Many of you not only provided the correct answer — the Falconettes — but you also shared stories of participating in Falconette service projects for the college and the city; you identified friends, family members, and spouses in the photo we published; and you told us about generations of women who
were club members.

“My great aunt, Pauline Higbee Todd ’38, was in the second group of Falconettes. My mom, NolaWhittaker Higbee ’57, was in the group in 1956-57. I was in the group 1983-85,” Jan Higbee ’85 emailed us. Higbee served as an advisor to the club from 1999 to 2009. “Generations of women have served
alongside one another and formed lasting friendships in the [85-year] history of this organization.”

Congratulations to Ginny Husted ’63 who won an SPU sweatshirt for correctly answering our quiz.

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