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Jeff Diesburg Holiday Concert Art
Manchester Symphony Orchestra whips up Holiday Concert

MSO 83’Tis the season for a holiday concert, and the Manchester Symphony Orchestra has a festive lineup on Sunday, Dec. 12.

The Holiday Concert is 3 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus of Manchester University.

General admission is $15. Tickets can be ordered at or purchased at the door. Admission is free for those 18 and younger, and for Manchester University students, staff and faculty.

Masks and social distancing are required.

Debra Lynn MSO conductorOfferings are:
“Sleigh Ride” (Winter Night) by Frederick Delius
“Marche Militaire Nos. 1 and 2” by Franz Schubert
“The Skaters Waltz” (“Les Patineurs”) by Émile Waldteufel
“A Carol Symphony” by Victor Hely-Hutchinson.

Symphony conductor is Debra Lynn, and she selected Manchester University junior Mason Kniola to conduct “Marche Militaire.” He is the first student to conduct the symphony in its 83-year history.

McKee Mortuary in North Manchester is the concert sponsor.

Other holiday happenings at Manchester.

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If you have questions, please contact Debra Lynn at

Dr. Lynn is director of choral organizations and vocal studies at Manchester University. A composer who will be conducting for the third time this spring at Carnegie Hall, she is a collaborative musical storyteller. Learn more about Dr. Lynn:

  • MasonKniola-Conducting portraitThe original art by Jeff Diesburg may be used only in connection with this concert, and it requires a credit line.
  • We also include portraits of Debra Lynn and Mason Kniola supplied by Manchester University.
  • With about 6,000 residents, North Manchester is one the smallest communities in the nation with its own symphony orchestra. Residents of Wabash County and what was then Manchester College founded the symphony in 1939. That partnership continues today with a carefully crafted collaboration of northern Indiana professional and community musicians, as well as selected faculty, staff and student musicians.
  • Activities are made possible in part by the Indiana Arts Commission and Arts Midwest through American Rescue Plan Act funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
    November 2021