Frequently Asked Questions

  • A selections of pieces from Handel’s Messiah will be played by members of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra.
  • Professional vocalists will perform the solo parts of the performance for your enjoyment.
  • The audience will be invited to join the chorus portions of the Messiah. All experience  levels are welcome to participate. For those who are too shy to sing, the performance is an exciting experience in and of itself.
Children accompanied by an adult are welcome. The event will be 1.5 hours long with no intermissions.
A sing-along Messiah (sometimes known as a DIY Messiah) is an interactive performance of popular pieces of Handel’s famed Messiah by musicians, choirs, soloists, and the audience! Noteworthy Greater Elgin-area musicians, including the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform the music. Regionally-recognized soloists and local choirs will perform the vocal pieces. The audience will be asked to sing the choruses.
No, you don't need to know how to read music. There will be scores available at the door. The audience will be invited to sing the choral portions. You can see more about the numbers for audience participation here.
Written in 1741, Messiah is George Frideric Handel’s best-known oratorio. Though written by Handel for the Easter season, Messiah has become more commonly performed as a Christmas-time event. Typically, Messiah is performed in a concert venue by professional musicians, soloists, and a chorus.
This year, seating will be offered by vocal section – baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano – on the main floor. Family members may sit with you if you choose this seating option. There will also be seating options for those who may not want to sing.
No. The Sing-Along Messiah is open to the general public. No auditions or other requirements need to be met in order to come and sing!
Nothing, just bring your voice and your holiday spirit! If you like, you may download the score for your tablet.
The choral numbers, which will be the only numbers in the scores available at the door. You'll be guided by the conductor when it's the audience's turn to sing! If you like, you may download the score for your tablet.
See the options for purchasing plus a list of the choral numbers that the audience will sing at here.
Elgin Community College Blizzard Theatre 1700 Spartan Drive, Building H Elgin IL 60123 MAP