Workshops & Festivals

Chorister’s Workshop

Friday, October 29, 2021

Messiah’s fall 2021 Chorister’s Workshop will allow high school choristers the opportunity to work with Messiah University choral/vocal faculty on exciting choral repertoire with singers from other schools. Special guest Dr. Jeffery Ames will join Drs. Rachel Cornacchio and Joy Meade for the day-long event which will include working as a group on repertoire by Ames, performances by Messiah University ensembles and professional development for teachers in the state-of-the-art High Center.

The day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. in the High Center, Messiah University. Rehearsals and workshops will take place throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a final concert showcase at 5 p.m. 

Registration for the event begins on September 1, 2021, with final payment due October 15, 2021. 

The cost is $30 per chorister and includes a festival T-shirt, lunch, music, rehearsals and workshops. There is no cost for teachers bringing choristers. Teachers not bringing students interested in auditing the day’s events are welcome to attend. The cost for participation in workshops is $10. ACT 48 credit is available.

Contact Dr. Rachel Cornacchio with questions about the event.

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Church Choir Festival

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Dear Church Musician Colleagues,                                                                     

I’m writing to share an exciting new choral offering for church choir singers and directors hosted by Messiah University’s Department of Music.  Our Church Choir Festival 2023 will take place on February 5th, 2023 in beautiful Parmer Hall at the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and the Performing Arts.  This one-afternoon festival will provide area church choirs with the chance to fellowship together by learning and performing diverse anthems of the Christian faith in a large festival choir conducted by Messiah University music professors and alongside Messiah University’s 45-voice Concert Choir.  In addition to choral clinics and performance, the afternoon will also include lifelong-learning classes for singers and directors by professors of theology, hymnology, Christian ministries and music.  The cost for participation is $25 per singer which includes all music and an afternoon snack, and all proceeds support Messiah University’s choir outreach tours.

Festival Repertoire:

If Ye Love Me – Philip Wilby

Let Everything That Hath Breath – Jeffrey Ames

All Things New – Elaine Hagenberg

How Great Thou Art – arr. Eric Nelson

Festival Schedule:

12:30pm: Registration Begins

1:00-3:00pm:  Rehearsal

3:00-3:45pm: Lifelong-Learning Classes

Healthy Vocal Habits for Aging Voices – Joy Meade

Theology of Great Hymns of the Faith – Doug Curry

                             Organ Repertoire for Worship – Mina Choi

                             Singing the Psalms – Richard Roberson

3:45-4:15pm: Meet & Greet Snack Break

4:15-5:15pm: Rehearsal

5:30-6:30pm: Festival Performance and Hymn Sing

(Audience welcome, no tickets required)

Singers can register individually by email, mail or by calling the music office.  Directors can register singers as a group by email or mail via the Church Choir Festival Registration Form.  Registration is open until February 3rd, 2023.

Please feel free to reach out with questions to Dr. Joy Meade –, 610-513-1909.


Joy Meade, D.M.A.

Director of Choral Activities


Doug Curry, D. Min.

Worship Pastor

Summer Vocal Academy - Senior High Vocalists - Not Taking Place in 2023

Wednesday, June 15, 2022– Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Summer Vocal Academy, sponsored by the Messiah University Department of Music, offers an exciting opportunity for students entering grades 9 through graduated high school seniors from June 15-18, 2022. This is a summer performance program with a commuter option only held on the scenic, suburban campus of Messiah University, located just 12 miles from Harrisburg, PA.

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A female jazz saxophonist.

CPFJ Jazz Camp

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 – Saturday, June 17, 2023

The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz (CPFJ) Jazz Camp serves music students ages 12-18, of all instruments and voice and is conducted by professional jazz musician-educators. Students who seriously desire to further their musical education and, in particular, to learn about jazz improvisation, are welcome.

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A female violinist in an orchestra.

Orchestra Camp

Sunday, July 16, 2023 – Saturday, July 21, 2023

The Summer Orchestra Camp, offers an exciting opportunity for approximately 100 students entering grades 7 through 12 to play in chamber ensembles, two large orchestras, master classes and take courses in musicianship, all taught by an expert faculty of artist-teachers comprised of Messiah University faculty and orchestral educators of Central Pennsylvania. Additionally, students attend outstanding performances of guest artists and performances as part of the Market Square Concert Series.

Faculty members include: Dr. Timothy Dixon, Kerry Harker-Roth, Ai-Lin Hsieh, Krista Kriel, Brian Krauss, and Adam Cordle

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A male conductor surrounded by string instrument players.

Orchestral Conductors Symposium

The Messiah University Orchestral Conductors Symposium serves as both a forum and a classroom for music educators in the orchestral arena.  Conductors work with authorities in the field, including Dr. Timothy Dixon, Director of Orchestral Studies, to develop and refine technique both on the podium and in score study.

A conductor passionately conducting his orchestra.

Wind Conductors Symposium

The Messiah University Wind Conductors Symposium was developed to create an opportunity for music educators to work with noted authorities in the field of rehearsal techniques and conducting.  The 2019 Symposium will feature Paul Popiel, Director of Bands at the University of Kansas, Dr. James Colonna, Director of Bands, Messiah University.

A female conductor and her choir, accompanied by a pianist.

Choral Conductors Symposium

The Messiah University Choral Conductors Symposium allows music educators to further their experience in the field of choral conducting. Dr. Rachel Cornacchio will lead this year's annual symposium.