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. YouTube links for each part for all choruses can be found at the bottom of this email.

Rehearsal Schedule

Weekly Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings, beginning October 3, from 7:30-9:00pm (Dates Included: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28)
One Saturday: Saturday, November 18, 10:00am-12:00pm – complete run-through with musicians
One Mandatory: Friday, December 1, 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 Day – Saturday, December 2, 2017

1:15pm: Arrival time
1:30pm: All choir called and seated
2:00pm: Add soloists and orchestra
2:45pm: Group photo
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.

YouTube Links for Chorus Voice Parts

And the Glory of the Lord

And He Shall Purify

Oh Thou That Tellest

For Unto Us a Child is Born

Glory to God

His Yoke Is Easy