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Evangel University to host 15th annual Heritage of Hymns Concert

Published on Oct 6, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University will again host the Heritage of Hymns Concert, presented by the Messiah Project, on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in Spence Chapel.

The public is invited to attend, and admission is free.

The concert will feature a community choir, orchestra, Children’s Chorus of Springfield, a bell choir, and Ballet Excelsior of Houston, Texas.

This year’s concert theme is “A Harvest Celebration” and will feature an organ prelude at 6 p.m. The event will feature vocal and orchestral arrangements of familiar hymns and choral works, along with choreography.

The Messiah Project is a Christian fine arts organization headquartered in Springfield, Missouri whose visual, dramatic, and musical productions celebrate the Jewish and Christian heritage at the core of artistic culture. The organization was founded in 1992, and the Heritage of Hymns concert series began in 2008.

The concert brings together choir members from several churches across the local community. Heritage of Hymns provides an opportunity for Christians from different congregations to come together to celebrate faith through music.

Dr. Nathan Cornelius, an accomplished educator and conductor, will serve as artistic director with Dr. Heather Nelson, local vocologist, as co-director. Dr. Larry Dissmore, Evangel’s director of orchestral activities and professor of violin and viola, will serve as orchestra director.


About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • #1 Best College in Springfield & #2 Best Christian College in Missouri by Niche
  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at