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!
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 at Calvary United Methodist Church. Since then our choir has swelled to over 65 members and a 13-piece chamber orchestra. Over 600 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. Pleasethis 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!
We know that money can be tight, so please know that even $5 helps us get closer to our goal!
We have been working hard to create several great fundraising events so far and have additional upcoming events detailed below!
Join us as Brian Burns and David Bridge present masterful performances, drawing out the majesty of the Calvary's historic 1895 "Farrand & Votey" pipe organ.
The concert will begin at 4:00 pm and will run approximately one hour with an intermission.
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.
Painting and fundraiser benefiting the Calvary UMC Choir's trip to NYC to perform the Messiah at Carnegie Hall, NYC this November.
Refreshments begin at 10:30am and painting begins at 11:00am.
Local artist and Calvary member, Holly Pultz, will guide you step-by-step to create your own custom work of art.
We will be painting something fall or winter themed.
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned artist, come have fun and leave with a painting of your own, and help support the Calvary Choir on their journey to perform the Messiah at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Karen Ferguson.
Thank you!! We look forward to seeing all of you there!
Suggested Donation — $25 per person
Donation includes all painting supplies and refreshments.
If you would like to register for the event, please do one of the following so that we have a proper count.
Directly above this Fundraising Events section there is a "Help Us Reach Our Goal!" section. Click on "Donate - Any Amount". Once you have made your donation, please contact Karen Ferguson with the names of the attendees.
If you would prefer not to use PayPal for your registration, please contact Karen Ferguson with your payment information or let her know if you are planning on mailing a check to the church or will be dropping the payment off at the church itself during business hours (M-F, 9am-3pm).