Q. Why December 31st?
A. The sing-along is held annually on the Sunday after Christmas. In the Anglican and Lutheran churches, the Christmas season begins on December 25th and continues through January 5th (thus the 12 days of Christmas). This event lets us continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus even after all the stores have taken down their decorations!
Q: If I attend, do I have to sing?
A: No; all are invited to sing, but you are also welcome to just come listen.
Q: Where is the "historic sanctuary"?
A: The Historic Sanctuary is the building attached to the bell tower, on Main Street. There are three entrances: at the base of the bell tower, at the top of the stairs in the Memorial Garden on Rock St. (there is also a wheelchair-accessible ramp there), or via the glass door entrance from the parking lot on Rock St.
Q: How much of Messiah will we sing?
A: We will sing all of Part I (Christmas portion) plus the Hallelujah Chorus.
Q: Who will sing the solos?
A: We use section leaders from the St. Helena's Chancel Choir, and other experienced singers from the area. If you have sung Messiah solos before, and you're interested in auditioning for any of them, contact the director, Whit Matteson, at email@example.com.
Q: Will there be an orchestra?
A: We will be accompanied by Dr. Susan Matteson, organist, and a string quartet!
Q: How long will it take?
A: It takes just over an hour to sing through everything.
Q: How much does it cost to attend? Do I need a ticket or a reservation?
A: It is free to all, as part of St. Helena's music ministry to the community. No ticket required, just show up with your score and sing. All are welcome!
Q: Will we sit in sections?
A: We will have designated areas for each section (soprano/alto/tenor/bass) and cues will be given toward the designated area; but you are also welcome to sit with family and friends, or bring a group from your choir and all sit together, anywhere in the room!
Q: Will you have extra scores?
A: No, but they're inexpensive and readily available (see below). If you're a local business and would like to support this event by funding the purchase of for community use, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Q: Which edition of Messiah will you be using?
A: We'll use the G. Schirmer edition, but almost any edition will be fine. The full choir/orchestra, choir only, or Christmas only versions are fine. We will sing straight through, so page numbers, rehearsal markings, etc. won't matter.
Q: Where can I buy a score?
A: They are available and regularly in stock locally at RBC Music, or you can order from many online sites. Try jwpepper.com, sheetmusicplus.com, or musiciansfriend.com
Q: Do you need instrumentalists?
A: We have a string quartet (1st and 2nd violin, viola, and cello). If you play an instrument, know the part, and want to play, email us at choir@sthelen's.net.