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Local firms support Messiah College’s bridge construction work in Latin America

July 27th, 2016

BridgeMECHANICSBURG, Pa. (July 27, 2016) — A donation from NTM Engineering, Inc. of Dillsburg, Pa. enabled the construction of a bridge in Latin America through the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research (the Collaboratory for short) at Messiah College.

In the basement of the engineering building at Messiah College, a group of students labored all year to design a bridge for Panama’s community of Bajo Grande. They partnered with Rio Missions as part of the Collaboratory, a non-profit organization at Messiah. With the guidance of academic advisors and professionals, members of the Collaboratory integrate their passions and abilities into development initiatives. Their projects offer sustainable solutions to problems in nearby neighborhoods and around the world.

During Panama’s rainy season, the river that snakes through Bajo Grande quickly becomes a threat to the town. Torrents create dangerous currents that inhibit access to healthcare and education. The bridge design engineered by members of the Collaboratory – their third bridge in Panama – will link the two sides of the river, uniting the region. This summer, project members worked alongside members of the community and Rio Missions staff to construct the bridge in Bajo Grande. “The community’s role gives them a sense of ownership,” says student project manager Benjamin Holderman. “The most rewarding part is seeing kids run across it, laughing.”

The Collaboratory relies on the support of community partners to fund its work. A donation by NTM Engineering, Inc., a firm based in Dillsburg, Pa., supplied the materials and resources necessary for bridge construction. NTM prioritizes community involvement and has invested in many local organizations. The family-oriented environment it fosters garnered it a spot among the top three “Best Places to Work in PA” twice, in 2014 and 2015. The company was drawn to the Panama Bridge Project because of its focus on helping communities through engineering. The support of partners like NTM enables the Collaboratory to continue working towards its mission, bridging gaps between people in Panama and beyond.

Donations were also provided by Century Engineering, CS Davidson, ABCD (Assoc for Bridge Construction and Design) Susquehanna Chapter, COR Construction Services, Inc., David Miller and Associates, Harrisburg Chapter of PA Society of Professional Engineers, Lane Enterprises, and Larson Design Group.

About Messiah College

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg.

Messiah College receives grant to establish the Theology Institute for High School Youth project

July 8th, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (July 8, 2016) — Messiah College has received a grant of $417,559 to establish the Messiah College Theology Institute for High School Youth project. It is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service. Continue reading…

Messiah College partners with Zipcar to offer car-sharing on campus

March 15th, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (March 15, 2016) — Messiah College today launched a new partnership with Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network. The convenient transportation option is now available at an affordable rate 24 hours-a-day/7 days-a-week for students, faculty and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community over the age of 21. Continue reading…

Grammy-nominated saxophonist joins Messiah College for jazz concert April 30

March 9th, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (March 9, 2016) — On Sat., April 30 from 8-10 p.m., Messiah College will host its Jazz Ensembles in Parmer Hall, in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. The concert will feature special guest Tim Warfield Jr., a Messiah College artist-in-residence and Grammy- nominated saxophonist. He will join JazzONE under the direction of William Stowman and JazzTWO under the direction of Todd Goranson for an evening of big band jazz. The program will feature standard arrangements and new works for jazz ensembles. This event is free and open to the public; no ticket required. For more information, visit messiah.edu/highcenter and click on “concerts.” Additional questions about the concert can be directed to William Stowman at wstowman@messiah.edu. Continue reading…

Messiah College Choral Arts Society to perform selections reflecting Jewish history and worship in April

March 2nd, 2016

Choral artsMECHANICSBURG, Pa. (March 2, 2016)—The Messiah College Choral Arts Society, directed by award-winning conductor Linda L. Tedford, will perform two pieces addressing central themes in Jewish culture and history: “Chichester Psalms” by Leonard Bernstein, with choir, harp, organ and percussion, and “Holocaust Cantata” by Donald McCullough, featuring choir, cello and piano. The concert will be held Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m. in Messiah College’s Parmer Hall in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. Tickets are available through the Messiah College Box Office at 717-691-6036 or messiah.edu/tickets. In its 70th season, Messiah College Choral Arts Society performs choral masterpieces for area audiences. The choir is open to community members and students by audition.

About “Chichester Psalms”

“The program is a study of contrasts,” said Tedford. “In ‘Chichester Psalms’ the Jewish people are praising God with the Psalms of David, set to music that is joyful, tender, uplifting.”  Sung in Hebrew, the “Chichester Psalms” were commissioned for a 1965 music festival at Chichester Cathedral in England, but first performed by the New York Philharmonic, directed by Bernstein, on July 15, 1965.

About the “Holocaust Cantata”

The “Holocaust Cantata,” on the other hand, is a collection of letters and songs, written by Polish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. Haunting melodies express longing, loss and the life-affirming power of music and community. “Donald McCullough features music of ordinary people – music embraced by the whole community and passed secretly through oral singing,” said Tedford. The Cantata has no overall plot or story. Translated from the original Polish to English by lyricist Denny Clark, each piece is a reflection by a different person, each in a different place and time within the holocaust experience. Between music selections, the prisoners’ letters will be read by choir members and theatre students.

About the Messiah College Choral Arts Society

The Messiah College Choral Arts Society enters its 71st season this year, continuing its commitment to fine performances of major choral works with orchestra. The choir is open to community members and Messiah students, faculty and staff by audition.

The Choral Arts Society is under the direction of Linda L. Tedford, Director of Choral Activities at Messiah College. She is also the founder and conductor of the Susquehanna Chorale, Ensemble-in-Residence at Messiah College. She is a recipient of Chorus America’s Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the PA American Choral Directors Association prestigious Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence and Theater Harrisburg’s Award for Distinguished Service in the Capitol Area. Ms. Tedford holds a master of music in conducting from Temple University, where she studied with internationally respected conductor, Robert Page.

About Messiah College

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg.

 

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds to perform April 23

March 1st, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (February 26, 2016) — On April 23, Messiah College Department of Music showcases its Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds at 8 p.m. in Parmer Hall, located in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. This concert features Messiah College’s Wind Ensemble, conducted by Bradley Genevro, Symphonic Winds conducted by William Stowman, and guest soloist Barry Green. The general public is welcome to attend this free performance; no ticket is required. For more information, visit messiah.edu/highcenter and choose “concerts.” Questions about the performance can be directed to Brad Genevro at bgenevro@messiah.edu. Continue reading…

Messiah College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers to present concert on April 3

February 23rd, 2016

cocnertchoir_editMECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Feb. 23, 2016) — The Messiah College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, (Linda L. Tedford, conductor) will present a concert at Messiah College’s Parmer Hall in the High Center for Worship and Performing Arts on April 3, 2016 at 3 p.m. The choir’s 2016 tour, March 9-13, will take the 45-member group to churches and schools in central and eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. CDs will be available for purchase, including the ensemble’s newest release, “Music Down in My Soul.” The tour will officially conclude on April 3, when the choir presents its home campus concert in Parmer Hall. Continue reading…

First place Opera Workshop performs “The Tender Land” April 7-9

February 15th, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Feb. 15, 2016) — Messiah’s Opera Workshop, winner of the 2014 National Opera Association opera production competition, joins the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Messiah College Symphony Orchestra for a fully-mounted production of “The Tender Land.” Performances are in Miller Theatre, located in the Climenhaga Building, at 8 p.m. on April 7-9, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for students (with I.D.). To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or online at messiah.edu/tickets. For questions about “The Tender Land” contact Kevin Hodes at 717-766-2511, ext. 2780.

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International touring group “Azaguno” to perform at Messiah College on March 18

February 11th, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Feb. 10, 2016) — Messiah College School of the Arts will host Azaguno: African Drum and Dance Ensemble on March 18. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Messiah College’s Parmer Hall, located in the High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. This multi-ethnic show will feature traditional African, African-American, Carribean and Latin American music and dance. It is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased via the ticket office at 717-691-6036 or messiah.edu/tickets. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students (with ID). For more information, visit http://www.messiah.edu/info/21433/cultural_series. Messiah will also host a dance clinic on Tuesdsay, March 15 and a Percussion Clinic on March 16. Both events are free and open to the public. No Tickets required. Continue reading…

Mark Samels, executive producer of PBS’s American Experience, to deliver keynote at Messiah College’s Spring Humanities Symposium

February 3rd, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Feb. 3, 2016) — Mark Samels, executive producer of PBS’s American Experience, will deliver the keynote address “To Tell a True Story” Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in Parmer Hall in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. The lecture is sponsored by the Messiah College Center for Public Humanities and is part of the College’s annual Humanities Symposium. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. To obtain a ticket, contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or visit messiah.edu/tickets. For more information, contact Shirley Groff at groff@messiah.edu. Continue reading…

   

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