MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University will present the 51st annual performance of G. F. Handel’s Messiah Sunday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium on the MVNU campus.

In order to continue the high quality of presentation as over the last 50 years, beginning this year, an admission fee will be charged. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance via

As a celebrated event in Knox County and the surrounding region, it is a privilege for the Department of Music to continue the tradition with this 51st annual performance.

This year’s presentation will be performed by the MVNU Choral Union, faculty and guest soloists and chamber orchestra. The featured soloists are Elizabeth Barrett, MVNU music faculty member; Carolyn Redman, 1989 MVNU music alumna, classical performer and adjunct voice professor at Kenyon College and Otterbein University; and Tyler Skidmore, 2004 MVNU music alumnus, music specialist with the Medina City School District and frequent area vocalist. Returning for his 21st year as bass soloist is David Templeton, Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at The College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina. John Packard, MVNU Music Department Chair, and guest musician Michael Eaton will assist on trumpet. Timothy Guenther will premiere as the harpsichordist and Sharon Blaydes is the concert master.

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

A cookie and cider reception will be available at intermission. Donations for music scholarships 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.


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