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MVNU Choral Union’s 56th annual Handel’s Messiah Performance scheduled for Nov. 24

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University will present Handel’s Messiah earlier than usual, on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2024, in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium.

Traditionally performed in early December, the annual performance is considered a kickoff to the Christmas season attracting local guests, alumni, and visitors to glorify our Savoir through music. Year after year, attendees experience the incredible sound of the University’s combined choirs, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, soloists, and chamber orchestra.

“One of the many highlights is when, mid-way through the Hallelujah Chorus, I turn to conduct the audience, and experience this unforgettable expression of worship of our King of Kings and Lord of Lords,” reflects Dr. Robert Tocheff, who will be conducting the time-honored tradition for the 34th year.

Rehearsals will take place on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 25, from 4:40 to 5:40 p.m., in Nease Rehearsal Hall in the R.R. Hodges Chapel and Fine Arts Building. New singers should contact Dr. Tocheff about an audition or a recommendation at

Tickets, $10 each, will go on sale in August.


MVNU is celebrating its 56th offering of Handel’s Messiah to the central Ohio community in 2024. 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 For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Dr. John Packard at or Dr. Tocheff at

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