For the 23rd year, the South Mountain Community College Music Department is inviting singers from the community to be part of the SMCC holiday tradition of performing excerpts from Handel's Messiah.

Each year, the choir attracts 65 to 75 to voices, accompanied by a professional orchestra. Dr. Jerome K. Garrison Sr., SMCC Fine Arts Faculty Chair and Ahwatukee Foothills resident, will direct the concert. In the past, choir members have included area high school students, college students, church choir members and other amateur and professional singers.

Choir members who have performed Messiah must attend at least three rehearsals. First-time performers must audition and are required to attend all rehearsals.

To schedule an audition, contact Desiree Armijo at (602) 243-8382 or Dr. Garrison at (602) 243-8055.

The 23rd Annual Holiday Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in the SMCC Performance Hall, 7050 S. 24th St.



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