Sioux City, Iowa – The Morningside University School of Visual and Performing Arts will present Christmas at Morningside on Thursday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium on Morningside’s campus. Tickets for the general public will be available online beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, on Morningside’s website.

“The Christmas at Morningside experience has elevated to a new level over the last few years while continuing to be a beloved tradition at Morningside and beyond,” said Heath Weber, dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Morningside University. “Under the direction of Dr. Ryan Person, our students build a truly spectacular performance that offers a little bit of the holiday magic we all hope to capture during such a special time of the year.”

This year’s program entitled “Full of Grace and Truth” will feature an eclectic blend of Christmas and holiday music performed by the Morningside choirs under the direction of Dr. Josh Nannestad and Person, the Morningside University wind ensemble under the direction of Dr. Martin Gaines, and M Avenue Jazz led by Dr. Erik Mahon.

“With a wide array of musical genres, this year’s Christmas at Morningside performances are sure to uplift the spirits and warm the hearts of those in attendance. Our University is fortunate to possess such a strong commitment to the arts and I trust our audiences will be impressed with the high level of performance from our excellent student musicians,” said Dr. Ryan Person, director of choral activities and Christmas at Morningside artistic director who is now in his fifth year with the University.

Like last year, Christmas at Morningside will be a ticketed event with reserved seats. The seats will remain free of charge. Those interested in reserving tickets can select assigned seats and will receive a confirmation email with their seat location and downloadable ticket for the performance. Tickets will be scanned at the door on the night of the concert.

Individuals who are part of the President’s Society or W.S. Lewis Society will be contacted by the Morningside University Advancement team to secure tickets in a pre-reserved section and do not need to reserve seats through the link. President’s Society and W.S. Lewis Society members who have questions regarding their tickets should contact Beth Schlitter at 712-274-5409.

Limited ADA seating with raisable seat arms, as well as wheelchair-accessible spaces, will be available. Those who are unable to reserve tickets online may contact Kristal Grigsby, administrative assistant for the School of Visual and Performing Arts, at or 712-274-5210 to reserve tickets on or after Oct. 17.

Prospective students and families are encouraged to attend the Senior Visit Day taking place prior to Christmas at Morningside on Friday, Dec. 2. Students will have the opportunity to take part in visit day activities, meet with faculty, and explore campus, then will be invited to a special dinner and VIP seating during the Christmas at Morningside performance. As a thank you for attending, all students will receive an exclusive Morningside holiday sweater and Yeti mug. Sign up for Senior Visit
can be found on the Morningside website.

The Morningside University School of Visual and Performing Arts provides immersive opportunities for Morningside students and the Siouxland community to experience the power of music and the fine arts. All Morningside students, regardless of major, can audition and perform in ensembles and productions. Learn more here.