OCU to Host Festival of Carols and Messiah

Saturday, December 3, 2011. 7:00 pm, Ohio Christian University will host its sixth annual “Festival of Carols and Messiah” in the beautifully decorated Maxwell Leadership Center.  Guests will enjoy the artistry of the OCU Chorale, joined by members of the Circleville Community Choir and a live 40-piece orchestra.Once again OCU is pleased to work with local businesses and provide this wonderful gift to the community. It is our privilege to be part of the Circleville community,” OCU President Mark Smith said.”Every year we add more light displays in hopes of making this event better and better.  We thank the Pickaway County Chamber of Commerce for their support and look forward to a great Christmas season. We also appreciate the canned goods that each attendee donates and ask that this year we make this the largest donation year ever." Concert admission is free, but the University requests that each attendee bring a canned food item for donation to needy families in our area. Immediately following the concert, the campus Christmas tree and Christmas displays will be lit.  These displays are sponsored by local businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, and Ohio Christian University.Dr. Rodney Sones will direct the evening’s music, including festive orchestrations of well-loved Christmas music, and Christmas selections from George Frederic Handel’s beloved Messiah.  Soloists for the evening include invited guests Carolyn Redman, Andrew Blosser and Jennifer Whitehead, as well as OCU students Heather Coyan, Meaghan Stuart and Bryan Keaton.   Those who arrive early will enjoy the artistry of the Festival orchestra and other instrumentalists, beginning at 6:30 pm.Sones, an OCU Music Professor, leads the OCU Chorale and the Pickaway County Community Choir.  He holds the Doctor of Music Ministry degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has taught college-level music and worship courses for over fifteen years and has ministered as a soloist and worship leader throughout that time.  This is his third time to lead the Festival of Carols.Sones comments, “Again, this year the Chorale has been an exciting group of students to work with.  We have had tremendous fun preparing the selections for this year’s concert.  Community participation continues to add to the festivities, with the participation of wonderful singers from a number of our local church choirs.  Come enjoy the evening with us.  I am sure the concert will be a blessing to you as you begin your Christmas celebration.”Ohio Christian University’s music department is headed by Dr. John Anthony, a graduate of the University of Georgia.  His teaching experience includes the University of Georgia and Penn State University, and his professional performing experience includes the Columbus Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, University of Georgia Brass Ensemble, and Gwinette Ballet Theater Orchestra.Ohio Christian University is one of the fastest growing universities in Ohio.  Over the past five years enrollment has increased from 400 to 2,400.  With a heritage dating back to 1948, Ohio Christian University offers a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally and spiritually.  OCU offers degree programs designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families and in the world.Students enrolled in OCU’s traditional undergraduate program attend classes at its main campus in Circleville, Ohio.  OCU’s AIM Adult Program offers 16 campus locations in the surrounding region and most recently near Atlanta, Georgia.  Online degree programs are also available.

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Ohio Christian University is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally and spiritually. OCU offers degree programs for residential undergraduate students, graduate students, and adult and online students. Every program is designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families, and the world.