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Messiah returns to MVNU Dec. 5

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University will present the 53rd annual performance of G. F. Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium on the MVNU campus. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family and can be purchased at the door or in advance at

This year’s presentation will be performed by the MVNU Choral Union, faculty and guest soloists and a chamber orchestra. The featured soloists are Elizabeth Barrett, MVNU music faculty member; Carolyn Redman, 1989 MVNU music alumna, classical performer, and voice faculty at Denison University; Tyler Skidmore, 2004 MVNU music alumnus, music specialist with the Medina, Ohio, City School District, and frequent area vocalist. Returning for his 23rd year as bass soloist is David Templeton, Associate Professor of Voice and Head of the Voice Area at The College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. John Packard, MVNU Music Department Chair, and Dr. Isaac Winland, MVNU music adjunct, will assist on trumpet. Dr. Timothy Guenther, organist at Ashland University and Grace Episcopal Church in Mansfield, will return as the harpsichordist and Sharon Blaydes is the concertmaster.

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, 1972 alumnus, Professor of Music in the MVNU Music Department.

MVNU has been offering Handel’s “Messiah” to the central Ohio community for over 50 years. The department is seeking sponsors, including alumni and businesses, who desire to invest in the future of the “Messiah” presentation and in the MVNU Music Department. To contribute financially to support this program, please visit and select “Other Areas to Support” and then “Messiah.” For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Dr. Packard at or Dr. Tocheff at

Those attending the performance are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask. 

For more information, visit or contact Tressa Daley at 740-397-9000, ext. 3000.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education both in-seat and online to more than 2,100 students from 42 states and nine foreign countries.