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Over 950 Christmas celebrants attended Ohio Christian University’s 2017 Festival of Carols performed for the first time on December 2nd and 3rd in the University’s new Ministry and Performing Arts Center!  In the future, the Center will be used for the community as well as OCU events.

Produced as a gift to the community, the University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Circleville Community Choral Society, and Festival Orchestra beautifully realized this year’s What Can I Give? theme. Instead of focusing on what we receive in this Christmas season, Dr. Bennett focused on paying forward with the blessings of Christ. A participant explained, “Every year, the festival brings a new message, and this year’s was especially moving. It doesn’t matter what you have to give, it matters that you simply give Jesus your heart.”

A creative rendering of A Christmas Carol, the multi-media drama explored what it means to transcend being Scrooge, selfish, stingy with time, energy, possessions, and love, to become like Christ—the greatest example of giving and unselfish love. With singing, instrumentals, dramatic performance, and a narration throughout, the festival elevated the message of giving what you can.

OCU Chamber Winds’ prelude featured favorites "Sleigh Ride" and "All Is Calm".  The Festival programme opened with "Fanfare–Realms of Glory" and a welcome and prayer by Dr. Jon Kulaga, OCU President. The University was excited to welcome in the Advent season with such a celebration.

Highlights were inspired renderings of "E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come", "Let Us Be", "In the Bleak Midwinter", and "I’ll Give Him My Heart" followed by the beloved "O Come All Ye Faithful", "Little Drummer Boy", "Bugler’s Holiday", "Glorious Sounds of Christmas", "12 Days After Christmas", "Silent Night, O Holy Night", "Joy to the World", and "What Can I Give Him", concluding with a unique arrangement of the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel’s Messiah.

Dr. Dione Bennett directed the University Chorale with Cherié Knapp, on piano, and Dr. David Bennett, as guest conductor.  Dr. Jon Kulaga closed this memorable event with a heart-felt benediction.

Featured participants were Cody McClurg, Timothy Carpenter, Gary Dean, Mary Jane Dean, Ian Monaghan, Savanna Harlow, George Edge, Walker Flowers, Dr. Valerie Jones, Bruce Morrison, Dr. John Anthony, Pat Beathard, Donald Glenn, Marty Hayes, Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Dr. Adrienne Lape, Jonathon Satterfield, Dr. Rodney Sones, Linda and Roger Stieg, and Teresa Woerner. 

Merry Christmas and blessings in the New Year to all!

Festival of Carols 2017 Recap Video

 

 

Articles of Interest

Festival of Carols Shares Message of Christ image

Festival of Carols Shares Message of Christ

Festival of Carols Shares Message of Christ image

Published: December 10, 2019

The Ohio Christian University Music Department shared an impactful message of Christ’s birth in its annual Christmas concert, Festival of Carols. The concert presented this story of glory to audiences of almost 500 on both Dec. 7 and 8 in the Ministry
The Ohio Christian University Music Department shared an impactful message of Christ’s birth in its annual Christmas concert, Festival of Carols. The concert presented this story of glory to audiences of almost 500 on both Dec. 7 and 8 in the Ministry
The Ohio Christian University Music Department shared an impactful message of Christ’s birth in its annual Christmas concert, Festival of Carols. The concert presented this story of glory to
Band and Vocal Students Among the 'Stars and the Moon' image

Band and Vocal Students Among the 'Stars and the Moon'

Band and Vocal Students Among the 'Stars and the Moon' image

Published: November 8, 2019

In 1969, Apollo 11 launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying what would soon be the first men to ever set foot on the Moon. Ohio Christian University will celebrate this historic event with a concert titled Stars and the Moon, featuring Ohio Christian’s band and vocal students. The show will lift off on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Ministry
In 1969, Apollo 11 launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying what would soon be the first men to ever set foot on the Moon. Ohio Christian University will celebrate this historic event with a concert titled Stars and the Moon, featuring Ohio Christian’s band and vocal students. The show will lift off on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Ministry
In 1969, Apollo 11 launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying what would soon be the first men to ever set foot on the Moon. Ohio Christian University will celebrate this
Orchestra Shares Gospel Through Music in Japan image

Orchestra Shares Gospel Through Music in Japan

Orchestra Shares Gospel Through Music in Japan image

Published: November 8, 2019

This summer, Ohio Christian University’s orchestra went on its third mission trip to Japan. From Jul. 29 to Aug. 17, students had the opportunity to share not only their musical talents but their passion for spreading the gospel. The orchestra directors, Roger and Linda Stieg, completed their graduate work at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. After graduation, the Steigs were asked to come back to play some concerts. They agreed to return, hoping to be an example of how God can use even musical talent to help fulfill the Great Commission. Found in Matthew 28, the
This summer, Ohio Christian University’s orchestra went on its third mission trip to Japan. From Jul. 29 to Aug. 17, students had the opportunity to share not only their musical talents but their passion for spreading the gospel. The orchestra directors, Roger and Linda Stieg, completed their graduate work at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. After graduation, the Steigs
This summer, Ohio Christian University’s orchestra went on its third mission trip to Japan. From Jul. 29 to Aug. 17, students had the opportunity to share not only their musical talents but their
Homecoming Celebration Hosts Warm Reception Despite Cold Day image

Homecoming Celebration Hosts Warm Reception Despite Cold Day

Homecoming Celebration Hosts Warm Reception Despite Cold Day image

Published: October 16, 2019

Ohio Christian University’s Homecoming and Family Day 2019 welcomed over 400 alumni and their family members home on Oct. 12. The atmosphere was warm and lively despite the chilly fall weather that forced many of the events inside. The day started early with 74 participants shrugging off temperatures in the mid-40’s as they ran or walked in the 7th annual Josias Rodriguez 5k Run/Walk. The event is held in memory of a much-loved ministry student who tragically lost his life in a hiking accident. Josias Rodriguez’s mom spoke briefly at the start of the race with his dad firing the
Ohio Christian University’s Homecoming and Family Day 2019 welcomed over 400 alumni and their family members home on Oct. 12. The atmosphere was warm and lively despite the chilly fall weather that forced many of the events inside. The day started early with 74 participants shrugging off temperatures in the mid-40’s as they ran or walked in the 7th annual Josias Rodriguez 5k Run/Walk. The
Ohio Christian University’s Homecoming and Family Day 2019 welcomed over 400 alumni and their family members home on Oct. 12. The atmosphere was warm and lively despite the chilly fall weather that
Mark Lee Performs on Campus image

Mark Lee Performs on Campus

Mark Lee Performs on Campus image

Published: October 16, 2019

Mark Lee caught the attention of Ohio Christian University and the surrounding community with his witty sense of humor and passion for sharing Christ with others. Lee is a founding member and guitarist for popular Christian band Third Day. During his “An Evening with Mark Lee” concert on Sept. 16, Lee shared his music as well as stories from his own life. During the concert, Lee shared a part of his testimony from his recent book “Hurt Road.” Lee told the audience how his leg was badly injured as a result of an accident with a truck. It was during this down time as his leg was healing
Mark Lee caught the attention of Ohio Christian University and the surrounding community with his witty sense of humor and passion for sharing Christ with others. Lee is a founding member and guitarist for popular Christian band Third Day. During his “An Evening with Mark Lee” concert on Sept. 16, Lee shared his music as well as stories from his own life. During the concert, Lee shared a
Mark Lee caught the attention of Ohio Christian University and the surrounding community with his witty sense of humor and passion for sharing Christ with others. Lee is a founding member and

Archived Articles of Interest

Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certification image

Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certification

Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certification image

Published: October 31, 2018

Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certificate Program Ohio Christian University has added a Suzuki Method Teaching Certification program to its Music Department’s offerings.  The Suzuki Method Certification is a four-year program that prepares violin teachers to use this proven learning method. Professors Linda and Roger Stieg earned their Suzuki Teacher Training certification after studying for two years with Dr. Suzuki in Japan. Both have enjoyed music teaching careers and are Suzuki Association of Americas (SAA)-accredited teacher trainers. “Suzuki said his method is a
Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certificate Program Ohio Christian University has added a Suzuki Method Teaching Certification program to its Music Department’s offerings.  The Suzuki Method Certification is a four-year program that prepares violin teachers to use this proven learning method. Professors Linda and Roger Stieg earned their Suzuki Teacher Training certification after
Music Department Offers New Suzuki Method Certificate Program Ohio Christian University has added a Suzuki Method Teaching Certification program to its Music Department’s offerings.  The Suzuki
Great New Vibes from the Music Department image

Great New Vibes from the Music Department

Great New Vibes from the Music Department image

Published: October 31, 2018

Since arriving, Dr. Brent Nolte has begun creative collaboration with Music Department colleagues to gain approval for two new certificate programs for Suzuki String Pedagogy and Piano Pedagogy. Moreover, the Music Department is partnering with the Psychology Department to meet the needs of students interested in music therapy. These students are being encouraged to earn their Bachelor of Arts in Music with a minor in Psychology, preparing them well for a master’s degree in Music Therapy. Collaborating with Worship Leadership Professor Dr. Rodney Sones, the department is planning a
Since arriving, Dr. Brent Nolte has begun creative collaboration with Music Department colleagues to gain approval for two new certificate programs for Suzuki String Pedagogy and Piano Pedagogy. Moreover, the Music Department is partnering with the Psychology Department to meet the needs of students interested in music therapy. These students are being encouraged to earn their Bachelor of
Since arriving, Dr. Brent Nolte has begun creative collaboration with Music Department colleagues to gain approval for two new certificate programs for Suzuki String Pedagogy and Piano Pedagogy.
27th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Extends Fine Tradition image

27th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Extends Fine Tradition

27th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Extends Fine Tradition image

Published: October 7, 2018

The Ohio Christian University (OCU) 2018 Scholarship Golf Tournament occurred on Oct. 5 at Cooks Creek Golf Course continuing a decades-long tradition of the scholarship endowment fund for worthy students. A cool breeze braced 25 foursomes who—in high spirits—tackled the intriguing Huzdan
The Ohio Christian University (OCU) 2018 Scholarship Golf Tournament occurred on Oct. 5 at Cooks Creek Golf Course continuing a decades-long tradition of the scholarship endowment fund for worthy students. A cool breeze braced 25 foursomes who—in high spirits—tackled the intriguing Huzdan
The Ohio Christian University (OCU) 2018 Scholarship Golf Tournament occurred on Oct. 5 at Cooks Creek Golf Course continuing a decades-long tradition of the scholarship endowment fund for worthy
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Church Service Day 2018 – Goodwill Trumps Rain!

Church Service Day 2018 – Goodwill Trumps Rain! image

Published: September 26, 2018

Church Service Day is an annual opportunity for Ohio Christian University (OCU) students to practice giving back to area churches and charities through hands-on work projects completed all on a single day! Church Services Day 2018, undertaken on September 26, proved a worthy addition to this traditional service-above-self event!  About 400 students lent their energies to 31 work projects in local churches, residences, and charity organizations. After an early breakfast, students formed into teams and received directions to and instructions for their projects. Eager teams headed out to
Church Service Day is an annual opportunity for Ohio Christian University (OCU) students to practice giving back to area churches and charities through hands-on work projects completed all on a single day! Church Services Day 2018, undertaken on September 26, proved a worthy addition to this traditional service-above-self event!  About 400 students lent their energies to 31 work projects in
Church Service Day is an annual opportunity for Ohio Christian University (OCU) students to practice giving back to area churches and charities through hands-on work projects completed all on a
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A Future with a History

A Future with a History image

Published: September 17, 2018

The 2018 Homecoming Weekend celebrates the 70th anniversary of the school with alumni of Ohio Christian University (Mount of Praise Bible College 1948-1954, Circleville Bible College 1954-2006). Our “A Future with a History” theme highlights the importance of recognizing who we are and acknowledging from where we come. The gathering, supported by the Alumni Association and Student Government Association, builds on our evolving traditions.  Highlights include: Follow runners, leading the Torch Run and Parade, carrying a trailblazing torch that represents the Light that God through
The 2018 Homecoming Weekend celebrates the 70th anniversary of the school with alumni of Ohio Christian University (Mount of Praise Bible College 1948-1954, Circleville Bible College 1954-2006). Our “A Future with a History” theme highlights the importance of recognizing who we are and acknowledging from where we come. The gathering, supported by the Alumni Association and Student Government
The 2018 Homecoming Weekend celebrates the 70th anniversary of the school with alumni of Ohio Christian University (Mount of Praise Bible College 1948-1954, Circleville Bible College 1954-2006).