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Area students perform in St. Olaf

NORTHFIELD -- Performers in the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival in Northfield included the following local students:

Claire Bents from Rushmore is a member of the Manitou Singers. Bents is an undeclared major. She is the daughter of Colleen Bents.

Brandon Berger from Worthington is a member of the Chapel Choir. Berger is a Music major. He is the son of Jeffrey and Janice Berger.

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States.

Started in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf College Music Department, the festival features more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

The festival, which is regularly broadcast nationwide on public television and radio, has been featured in hundreds of publications, including TV Guide, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.