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Grammy Award winning jazz group Snarky Puppy to perform at Messiah College

September 26th, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Sept. 26, 2016) — Messiah College Department of Music presents the world-renowned jazz group, Snarky Puppy, as part of its Performing Art Series. The performance will be held on Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. in Parmer Hall, located in The Calvin and Janet High Center. Snarky Puppy specializes in sophisticated composition, harmonies and improvisation. Their unique talent led them to win both a Grammy and a Reader’s Poll. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children/students. Tickets can be purchased online at Continue reading…

World-renowned chemist presents “The Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God” at Messiah College

September 19th, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Sept. 19, 2016) — On Friday, Oct. 7, Dr. Henry “Fritz” Schaefer, known globally for his scientific contributions to molecular quantum mechanics, will present a lecture titled, “The Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God,” discussing the relationship between science and religion. The event will take place in Messiah College’s Hostetter Chapel Sanctuary at 7 p.m. This is a free lecture sponsored by The Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science, and is open to the public. For more information, visit, or email Dr. Ted Davis at Continue reading…

Messiah College theatre department presents “Eurydice”

September 16th, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Sept. 16, 2016) — The Messiah College Department of Theatre and Dance presents Sarah Ruhl’s production “Eurydice,” directed by Messiah’s Associate Professor of Theatre Daniel Inouye. Show times are Oct. 6-8 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Climenhaga Building, Poorman Blackbox Theatre. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. To purchase a ticket, contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or email For more information, visit, and for additional questions, contact Kevin Hodes at Continue reading…

Messiah College presents the Oakes Museum of Natural History’s Curator Club and Curator Club 2

September 12th, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Sept. 9, 2015) — The Oakes Museum of Natural History will hold a multifaceted science program for children grades 3-8 on Saturdays. On Sept. 10, 24, Oct. 1, 29, Nov. 5, and 19, children grades 3-5 can attend Curator Club from 9:15-11:30; Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 29, and Nov. 5, children grades 6-8 can attend Curator Club 2 from 12:15-2:30. Some of the program’s topics include: Archaeology, Animals of the Arctic, Leopard Spots, Zebra Stripes and Other Mysteries. The cost is $15 per activity. Continue reading…

Influential New York Times Columnist to Speak at Messiah College

September 9th, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Sept. 9, 2016) — On Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., Messiah College will host Ross Douthat, a New York Times columnist and author, in Parmer Hall, located in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. The title of Douthat’s presentation is “Christian Citizens in a Post-Christian Republic.” His presentation is free and open to the public. For questions about the evening, e-mail Dr. Dean Curry at Continue reading…

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. Continue reading…

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 and click on “concerts.” Additional questions about the concert can be directed to William Stowman at 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 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.



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