Messiah returning to Hastings College; community members invited to join the choir

Hastings College Music, as well as high school choirs, alumni, the Hastings Symphony Orchestra and guest musicians and soloists, will present Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 3, at 3:00 p.m. in Lynn Farrell Arena.

Community members are invited to join the choir, with five rehearsals being held over several Sundays leading up to the performance. Regular rehearsals begin this Sunday, October 29, at 4:30 p.m., in the Fuhr Hall of Music (927 N. Ash Avenue). Dress rehearsals will be Saturday, December 2.

To sign up for the choir, community members can complete a form at The rehearsal schedule and additional information is available at the same link.

Community members are encouraged to make as many rehearsals as possible. Dress rehearsals, however, are required. Members of the choir should use the edition of Messiah published by NOVELLO (orange and white cover). Choral scores can be purchased at Bryant Books & Music in downtown Hastings.

Participating high school choirs include:

  • Scottsbluff High School (Brad Ronne ‘93, director),
  • Adams-Central High School (Hugo Madera ‘19, director),
  • Minden High School (Ivey Zimmerman ‘23, director) and
  • Grand Island Senior High (Jesse LaBrie ‘99/MAT ‘02, director).

Directors of all participating high school choirs are Hastings College alumni.

Guest soloists include Jamie Reimer ’00, soprano; Hannah Benson, mezzo-soprano; Graham Brooks, tenor; and Jared Hiscock, bass.

The production will also be livestreamed on the College’s YouTube channel by the Hastings College student media team.

Messiah was last performed on campus in 2016.

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