A television production of the 2004 Hope College Christmas Vespers has received an Emmy Award from The Michigan Chapter of The National Television Academy.
The program was produced by WGVU-TV in Grand Rapids in cooperation with the Hope College Department of Music. The program was directed and edited by WGVU Producer/Director Rob Byrd. Dr. Brad Richmond, associate professor of music and director of choral music activities at Hope, was director of the 2004 Vespers.
The Emmy was awarded for excellence in Multiple Camera Field Directing. The production also received an honorable mention in the 2005 Videographer Awards.
Vespers has been held at Hope College since 1941. The program of Christmas carols and anthems presented this past year by more than 200 students in historic Dimnent Chapel was first televised by WGVU in 1994. It is televised on a semi-annual basis.
This is WGVU TV's second Emmy Award. In 2000, the documentary "David Plowden: Light, Shadow and Form" received the award for Outstanding Cultural Affairs television program.