Handel’s Messiah

An annual tradition makes its return to the Hilliard area as the Hilliard Community Chorus presents Handel’s Messiah for its 48th year! As a musical setting of the Christmas story, we find ourselves centering on the new life and unconditional love this season brings. Please join us in celebrating the holiday season!

The concert will be performed 3:30pm on December 17 at Hilliard Bradley Performing Arts Center, 2800 Walker Rd, Hilliard, OH and will feature the Christmas Section of The Messiah, the most famous work by George Frederick Handel, a German-British Baroque composer who worked in the 1700s and is well known for his operas, oratorios, and concertos.

The work will be performed by the Hilliard Community Chorus, a volunteer choir made up of over 80 community members united in their joy of singing and accompanied by the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra.  The Chorus currently performs three times a year and is conducted by Logan W. Fletcher, a trained choral conductor and Hilliard music teacher. The Greater Columbus Community Orchestra is dedicated to the enhanced appreciation and understanding of orchestral music in Central Ohio and the surrounding communities.   The orchestra performs several concerts throughout the year which are all free to attend. The concert will open witha short program of holiday music by the Hilliard Youth Chorus, directed by Meredith Kennedy.

Admission is  complimentary  but a free will offering benefitting the Hilliard Arts Council will be received

Our Soloists

​​Soprano – Erin Angel

Erin Angel’s vocal repertoire spans from a love of musical theatre to all the great masterworks. Her favorite solo performances include Schubert’s Mass in G, Rutter’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Salve Regina, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. She received her BM in Vocal Performance from Capital University. She has been teaching music for 10 years in various settings including university, classroom, and several local studios. When not making music, or working with her students, she is singing the wheels on the bus and chasing her kiddos with her loving husband



Faith Fullen is a graduate from Capital University. Her most recent role was in a production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Show Me Opera in Columbia, Missouri, where she portrayed the role of Tom Snout. Faith has also been a part of many Hilliard Arts Council productions and concerts in the past and is delighted to be singing Handel’s Messiah again this year! She wants to thank her friends and family for always encouraging her to share her passion for singing with the world. 

Tenor – Tim Byrer

Tim Byrer grew up in Hilliard and graduated from Hilliard Davidson High School in 2012. He also received a degree in Music Education from Capital University in 2016. Since graduating, he has taught various age levels across Central Ohio. He serves as a Tenor Soloist/Section Leader at Worthington United Methodist Church as well as the Director of Children’s Music Ministries. With the Hilliard Arts Council, Tim has performed as the Tenor Soloist for the annual performance of the Messiah as well as the Assistant Music Director for the 2022 For Kids by Kids Production of Seussical Jr. and Annie Jr. 

Bass – Jackson Cleland

Jackson Cleland is a 2022 graduate of Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio, earning his Bachelor of Music in Music Education. During his time at Capital, Jackson studied voice under Dr. Chad Payton, served as baritone section leader in the Capital University Chapel Choir under the direction of Dr. Lynda Hasseler, and participated in shows directed by Joshua Borths and Andrew Ryker. Jackson’s professional roles have included Chorus in The Barber of Seville (Opera Columbus), Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro (Otterbein University), Chorus in Don Pasquale (Opera Project Columbus), and Il Conte di Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (FIO – Italia). Jackson is currently on staff as choir director at Wilson Middle School and itinerate music teacher at McGuffey Elementary School in Newark City Schools. When not on stage or in the classroom, Jackson frequents Danja Yoga in Olde Towne East.

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