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MVNU invites community to be involved in Messiah

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (September 18, 2023) — Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Choral Union is beginning preparation for the 55th annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023, at 7 p.m.  MVNU is pleased to invite community members to sing with the students in this traditional performance.  

Unless you are a returning participant, interested singers should contact Dr. Robert Tocheff by email at or by phone at (740) 397-9000, ext. 3005 to schedule an audition. 

The first practice will be Wednesday, Sept. 27, and regular rehearsal attendance will be expected to prepare a quality performance. Rehearsal times are Wednesdays 4:40-5:40 p.m., and include Thursday, Nov. 30, in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Fine Arts Center on the MVNU campus.   

Singers will need to provide a score — preferably the G. Schirmer edition. Please join the MVNU and Knox County community for this significant event of the Christmas season. 

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 nearly 2,000 students from 25 states and 11 foreign countries. 

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