Calvary's Messiah Choir Is Hitting The Road

Singing on the Stage at Carnegie Hall
You can make a dream come true!

Calvary United Methodist Church's Messiah Festival Choir has been invited to perform in a major production of Handel's Messiah on November 25, 2018, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Rated the "#1 Live Holiday Event in all of North America" by the BBC, this annual tradition sells out every year.

It's a great honor to be invited to sing. It's well-deserved recognition for our choir members' accomplishments in the last eight years. And it is a dream come true - something many of us never thought possible.

We're ready to go, but we need your help to get there!

The total cost to send our thirty-one singers is $31,700. We have raised $ so far - can you help us get the rest of the way?

Eight years ago, a choir of 27 passionate singers —amateur and professional— and a four-piece chamber orchestra performed the first Handel's Messiah sing-along concert at Calvary United Methodist Church. Since then our choir has swelled to over 65 members and a 13-piece chamber orchestra. Over 550 people attend our performances and our concert is now a North Side and Pittsburgh holiday tradition. This December, we will perform two concerts for the first time to accommodate the growing audience.

Our sing-along was founded on a principle of openness - everyone is welcome to sing in the choir and everyone is welcome to participate in the performance. Our concert provides family-friendly holiday fun in our breathtaking, historic church. We provide free tickets to neighborhood schools, smaller churches and groups such as "Tickets for Kids." Concert-goers bring non-perishable food items so we can support the "Northside Common Ministries Food Pantry," one of Calvary's community partners.

Our Messiah Festival Choir has helped revitalize Calvary's music and other ministries.

Our choir and our sing-along concert have done amazing things for Calvary and our community. None of it would have been possible without the in kind and financial support of many community members, volunteers, donors and sponsors.

Now we have the opportunity to represent Calvary, the North Side and Pittsburgh on stage at Carnegie Hall - to share our voices and our story of helping others in our community through our Messiah Concert.

The total cost for registration and travel are $31,700. Registration per person is $790.

Would you consider sponsoring one of our thirty-one singers for $790 or a "Hallelujah Chorus" for $100? Or choose a gift amount you would be proud of to send us on our way!

You can make your gift below with a credit card or PayPal account. Please Share this with your family and friends by email or on Facebook so they have the chance to support us.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity of a lifetime and inspiring us to sing like we never have before!

Help us reach our goal!

We have been working hard to create several great fundraising events so far and have additional upcoming events detailed below!

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The cost for each performer to sing in this event is $790.

  • We know that money can be tight, so please know that even $5 helps us get closer to our goal!

Fundraising Events


Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

There will be a free-will offering at intermission to help support the Calvary Choir on their journey to perform the Messiah at Carnegie Hall in New York City this November.

Ellwood City Area Civic Chorale

1954-2017 A Brief History

This Chorale was formed in 1954 by former students of the E.C. Lincoln High School graduates who wanted to continue singing together (a few are still with the chorale!). Over thirty singers from the tri-state area comprise the Chorale.

In addition to performing annually for the Ellwood City's 4th of July and Memorial Day Celebrations, the Chorale has, through the years, sung for - Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh; Brodhead Cultural Center, Penn State Campus, Monaca; The Freedom Train, Pittsburgh; District Rotary Convention, Ellwood City; Bi-Centennial Special Series, Spring and Summer of 1976; Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY; and Penn State University, University Park to name a few.

As 1994 was the 40th Anniversary of the group's founding, it was honored to sing under the Pennsylvania Capitol Dome for Governor Robert P. Casey. In 2004, our 50th Anniversary, we were privileged to perform for the world at Disney World, Orlando, Florida. June 2009 found the Chorale represented at the Shawnee Press's 70th Anniversary Celebration at Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Sit back, relax, and let us entertain you - through our love of song!


Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

There will be a free-will offering at intermission to help support the Calvary Choir on their journey to perform the Messiah at Carnegie Hall in New York City this November.

More details to follow.

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