If you enjoy music, there is an upcoming Christmas-season event that encourages people of all musical skill levels to participate.

The Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus and Hanover College Concert Choir are beginning rehearsals Sunday for this year's performance of Handel's "Messiah."

The annual holiday performance will be at 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 at Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts on the Hanover College campus.

The Messiah is a community event. People of all ages and skill levels help make the performance a highlight of the holiday season.

There still is time for individuals to join. Children as young as 10 have participated. Many senior citizens have enjoyed the experience for years.

Think you're not good enough? Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome. Auditions aren't required for chorus members.

Madlen Batchvarova, Hanover College associate professor of music and director of choral programs, will again direct the production.

Batchvarova is an accomplished teacher and provides outstanding direction for participants. High school performers and church choir participants are encouraged to attend.

Few communities are as fortunate as ours to have talented people willing to give their time to such an effort.

The first rehearsal is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall. Rehearsals are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 and 6 p.m. on Nov. 25.

If you're looking for another way to enhance your holiday season, join in the performance. At the very least, circle Dec. 2 on your calendar to attend the "Messiah."