University of Mount Olive Concert Choir to Present 
“The Very Best Time of Year” November 20

MOUNT OLIVE – The combined Concert and Chamber Choirs of University of Mount Olive are presenting the annual Fall Choir Concert “The Very Best Time of Year” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, in the Mount Olive Assembly Hall. Admission is free.
The concert will feature music of the Christmas season: a selection of past and present, sacred and secular, classical and popular. There will be both old favorites and little-known but beautiful music celebrating this most special season of the year. “O Holy Night,” “Silent Night,” “Rise Up, Shepherd!”, and John Rutter’s exquisite “Candlelight Carol” are among the selections to be presented by the choirs, conductor Durward McDonell, accompanist Michael Nault, and an instrumental ensemble composed of leading area musicians.
Durward McDonell, conductor of the Concert and Chamber Choirs, is excited about the abilities and potential represented by the students in both choirs.
“Since arriving on campus last January, I’ve been impressed by the talent level and work ethic of most of the students in the groups, as well as by the depth of support for our program by the administration. There is a proud tradition here, and it’s an honor to be entrusted with maintaining and enhancing that tradition with this current group of singers. The music presented on this concert represents a blend of the old and the new, beloved familiar music of Christmas with beautiful, but not-so-well known songs of the season, and one or two surprises along the way. We hope the Mount Olive community will come out and support this great group of kids who, by the way, are a really fine chorus!”
Please contact Charles McDonnell at for more information.
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit