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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

 

 

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Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference

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Published: April 5, 2019

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Published: March 28, 2019

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OCU To Hold Nashville Styled Songwriting Boot Camp

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Published: March 25, 2019

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OCU's Ablaze to open for Tenth Avenue North on August 11th

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On August 11th, Ohio Christian University's traveling music ministry group Ablaze will open for Tenth Avenue North at the Ross County Fair in Chillicothe, Ohio.The student group travels the region bringing its distinctive sound to churches, schools, youth events and more. Their masterful vocals and instrumental arrangements blend the foundations of contemporary worship with genuine, timeless
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Published: April 18, 2016

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OCU's Music Program Scales Up with New Performing Arts Center image

Published: April 12, 2016

CIRCLEVILLE — From classical and sacred music to gospel and contemporary Christian, Ohio Christian University is home to a thriving music department that promises to grow thanks to a new, state-of-the art performing arts center. The University recently broke ground on the center that will take the place of the chapel as the school’s performance venue. “There’s a lot of excitement with this building,” said Vice President of Operations Mike Fracassa. “We’ve had experts in to make it as acoustically as perfect as possible.” The building was designed by the McKnight Group of Grove City
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Annual Dinner Concert Features The Guardians and Booth Brothers

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Published: March 19, 2016

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OCU Welcomed Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield to Campus

OCU Welcomed Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield to Campus image

Published: March 18, 2016

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Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome both Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield as guest speakers on Thursday, March 17, 2016. They agreed to answer questions facilitated by Dr. Garrison, and later responded to questions from the audience. The speakers tackled a relevant question: Is Islam a religion of peace Robert Spencer spoke first, citing the main issue with Western culture
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