Winter holidays are around the corner, and as it gets steadily colder outside, it’s only getting cozier inside at MTSU thanks to the hard work of the MTSU School of Music. Music students are wrapping up their long semesters by performing some of their finest work — and thankfully for all of us, that includes some Christmas music!
There are multiple performances lined up for us to enjoy in the coming days. With a mixture of both classical and holiday themes, you are sure to get your fill of gorgeous songs of the season. So without further ado, here is your performance playlist for a cozy MTSU holiday!
“Sounds of Christmas” Choral Concert
Nov. 27, 7:30-10:30 pm, First Methodist Church of Murfreesboro
The MTSU Schola Cantorum, Middle Tennessee Choral Society, MTSU Meistersingers, and the First Methodist Adult Choir are pleased to present “O Come, O Come Emmanuel: Music from Handel’s Messiah and Music of Bach and Mendelssohn” at First Methodist Church of Murfreesboro Nov. 27. This event, which marks their 34th annual performance, is a staple of MTSU holiday traditions and a student favorite. The event will also feature guest soloists like tenor H. Stephen Smith, an MTSU vocal music professor and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and baritone John Kramar, a voice professor at East Carolina University .
Tickets are available on the Choral Society website, but students, faculty, and staff will be admitted free with MTSU IDs.
The MTSU Steel Drum Ensemble
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 8-9 p.m., Hinton Music Hall, Wright Music Building
An energetic and rousing take on classical music, the MTSU Steel Drum band is sure to get anyone in the holiday spirit. These bands are smaller and usually only consist of eight to 10 members, but don’t let their small size fool you — their sound is huge. The Ensemble performs on- and off-campus frequently and has even had the honor of performing twice with the Nashville Symphony. With their mix of classical, modern and holiday music, this performance is not one you should miss.
Students, faculty, and staff will be admitted free with MTSU IDs.
MTSU Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m., Hinton Music Hall, Wright Music Building
The MTSU Chamber Orchestra is made up of the best performing members of the MTSU Symphony Orchestra, and the level of expertise is something to be witnessed. With pieces being chosen from all periods of chamber orchestra literature, the music is guaranteed to inspire you, whether it be classical, holiday or contemporary.
The event is free to all MTSU students, staff and faculty, as well as the public!
MTSU Arts presents ‘Joys of the Season’
Saturday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m., Tucker Theatre, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Auditorium
Last, but certainly not least, is the most popular holiday event at MTSU — the annual “Joys of the Season” arts celebration and concert! Featuring stunning works and seasonal classics from the School of Music, Department of Theatre and Dance and Department of Art and Design, as well as a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” by MTSU’s new men’s basketball coach Nick McDevitt, this event is the highlight of a cozy MTSU holiday.