Marshall University Choral Union rehearsals begin Sept. 8

For anyone interested in being a part of a unique choral ensemble that combines talented students with enthusiastic, choral music-loving members of the greater Huntington community, Marshall University Choral Union Conductor Robert Wray knows the place for you.

Open to any interested community members, the Choral Union will hold its first rehearsal of Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in room 150 of Smith Music Hall.

Following about a dozen Monday rehearsals, the group will perform with Marshall University’s orchestra at 7:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 7, respectively, at the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church in downtown Huntington.

“ ‘Messiah’ is arguably the most well-known large work for a chorus and orchestra,” Wray said. “It’s a great opportunity as a conductor to be able to perform these types of works.”

Wray said this work of Handel tells the story of Jesus Christ, from Isaiah’s prophecy of salvation to the acclamation of the Messiah. It was first performed in London in the eighteenth century.

There are no membership fees to be a part of the group, but members are responsible for the purchase of their own music. For more information about joining the Choral Union, contact Wray by phone at ext.6-2399 or by e-mail at To stay up to date on rehearsals, visit the group’s Facebook page at