MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University will present the 49th annual performance of G.F. Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. This free event will take place in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium on the MVNU campus.

The presentation will be performed by the MVNU Choral Union, faculty, guest soloists, and chamber orchestra. The featured soloists are Elizabeth Barrett, MVNU music faculty member; Carolyn Redman (’89), classical performer and adjunct voice professor at Kenyon College and Otterbein University; Tyler Skidmore (’04), music specialist with the Medina City School District and frequent area vocalist. And returning for his 19th year as bass soloist is David Templeton, Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at The College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C. John Packard, MVNU Music Department Chair, and guest musician Michael Eaton will assist on trumpet. David Robinson will return as the harpsichordist, and Sharon Blaydes is the concert master.

The 160-voice Choral Union includes the combined choirs of MVNU and community singers. Conducting the performance will be Dr. Robert Tocheff, Professor of Music in the MVNU Music Department.

The program is open to the public without admission charge. Donations will be accepted. Parking is available from Martinsburg Road and Campus Drive. For more information, visit or contact Tressa Daley at 740-397-9000, ext. 3000.

The performance will also be recorded and available for purchase through the Cougar Corner.


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