The Messiah Sing-Along has become a very popular event in many American communities, and especially during the Christmas Season there will be hundreds of these celebrations across our nation. What makes them so popular? I have several thoughts as to why that might be. One is that Handel’s Messiah is a work that most choral singers have performed. Another is that during the Holiday Season a Sing-Along provides a wonderful shared experience, whether one comes to participate as an individual or as part of a group. And finally, I suggest that people enjoy participating in Messiah Sing-Alongs just because they are fun!
As all of us in The Michael O’Neal Singers prepare to present our 7th Annual Messiah Sing-Along, we will be repeating something we tried last year for the first time. We will have the solos, as well as the choruses, sung by the audience! I must admit I approached this last year with a bit of trepidation, having never heard of this being done before, and wondering if there might be a good reason for that! However, I was enormously pleased with the results. Each vocal section did a great job with its particular solos, and many singers told me it marked the first time they had ever been able to sing these pieces in public. So, we’re about to repeat the experience again at Roswell UMC on Sunday, December 16, at 3 PM, and I expect it to be even more successful than last year. If you’re in the Atlanta area I invite you to join us. More information is available at our website, www.mosingers.com, or you can call the MOS Office at 770.594.7974.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts about this approach to our Messiah Sing-Along or any other Messiah performance stories you may wish to share.