A brief history of some famous and favorite Christmas carols, this class will traces the compositional history of a number of carols, including the texts and melodies. Their usage in both sacred and secular contexts will be noted. The class will also introduce some carols from different parts of the world that are not usually familiar in the USA.

Dr. Karl Hinterbichler holds degrees from the Universities of Michigan and North Texas. He has performed as a trombonist with the NM Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Southwest, Santa Fe Symphony, Florida Symphony, and Dallas Symphony. He has concertized, given master classes, and lectured worldwide. His articles, reviews, arrangements, and original compositions have been published in Europe, the US, and Canada. At UNM he is a professor of music and teaches applied music, chamber music, and music history.