Stephen F. Austin State University


Community sing-along of Handel's 'Messiah' to benefit choir's European tour

November 15, 2018
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - A community sing-along of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" will raise funds for the A Cappella Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University to travel to Europe in 2020.

The community event, with guest conductors, organist, pianist and soloists, and featuring the audience and SFA A Cappella Choir as the chorus, is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The fundraiser is designed to help defray the costs of the choir's 2020 Italy tour, according to Dr. Michael Murphy, director of choral activities in the SFA School of Music.

"Ring in the holiday season with the perennial favorite, Handel's 'Messiah,'" Murphy said. "The SFA choral area is hosting a community sing-along for Nacogdoches and surrounding communities. Bring your 'Messiah' score or rent one for $2 from the SFA choral area and sing or listen to Handel's glorious masterpiece."

The program will feature guest artists Dr. Ron Anderson, Tommy Butler, Dr. Debbie Dalton, Dr. Tod Fish, Jacob Rivas, André Simon, Mary Turner and Murphy as conductors; Dr. Thomas Nixon, pianist; Greg Simmons, organist; and Megan Bucher, E.J. Grayson, Michael Nanney, Grant Peterson, Nathan Ponder, Summer Price and Viveca Richards, soloists.

Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

Tickets are $15 adults, $10 senior citizens, $5 students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit

By Robbie Goodrich
University Marketing Communications
(936) 468-2605