Messiah "Festival Choir" Resources

Concert Information

We will be performing the “Christmas” portion of Messiah. This is a sing-along concert – the audience will be invited to sing-along on all 7 choruses. Four soloists will be performing along with the Festival Choir, and we will be accompanied by a Chamber Orchestra.

The Festival Choir

A score will be provided for you if you do not already have one. We use the Watkins/Novello score. If you would like to keep your score at the commencement of the concert, choir members may purchase their score for $10. Links for each part for all choruses can be found at Please see Karen Ferguson if you need assistance

Feel free to Contact us with any questions or comments. Please find attached the complete information sheet.

Messiah Concert Information Sheet

Rehearsal Schedule

Weekly Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings, beginning October 2, from 7:30-9:00pm (Dates Included: 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27)
One Saturday: Saturday, November 17, 10:00am-12:00pm – complete run-through with musicians
One Mandatory: Friday, November 30, 6:30-8:30pm – complete run-through with musicians, seating assigned
Location: Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 (Northside on the Corner of Beech Ave & Allegheny Ave)
Parking: Street parking and parking lot off Allegheny Ave across from the Presbytery.

Key Contacts

Conductor/Music Director

Brian Burns



Karen Ferguson


Calvary UMC Church Office

Jaime Hartz


Parking - Day of Performance

We ask that all performers park in the Behan Street lot. Learn More

Concert Days – Saturday, December 1, 2018 and Sunday, December 9, 2018

1:15pm: Arrival time
1:30pm: All choir called and seated
2:00pm: Add soloists and orchestra
2:45pm: Group photo (Saturday Only)
3:15pm: Doors open
4:00-5:15pm: Performance
5:15pm: Cookie reception follows performance in the Victorian Chapel onsite

Concert Attire

Women: All black concert wear. Nothing too sparkly, please.
Men: Black pants, long-sleeve white or black dress shirt and dark color tie.
Soloists: Concert attire as per past concerts.
Musicians: Concert attire as per past concerts.