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Video of the Hallelujah Chorus, December 2012 at St. Gabriel's Parish, Concord OH.  Compliments of Bill Black at HeartSong Video Productions.

Just a note to clarify Kevin’s comments on missing dress rehearsal.  If you can’t make it to dress rehearsal due to participation in another scheduled singing event, such as Boar’s Head, and you have spoken to Kevin, Jerry or B.J., then you are cleared to sing in the Messiah on December 4.

If you are choosing not to attend dress rehearsal for some reason other than being a performer in another musical performance, please discuss that with Kevin or Jerry.

This will be our only rehearsal with the strings, a new organist and the sound system and balance.  It is very important that you attend this rehearsal so that everyone is acclimated to the space and accompaniment, and to ensure that appropriate seating for vocal balance is set before the performance. Thanks very much for your understanding.


Feel free to paste the following into emails to your friends and relatives!


It’s almost time for the 68th Annual Performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Join the Messiah Chorus of Lake County on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at St. John Vianney, 7575 Bellflower Road, Mentor OH.  Each December, more than 150 chorus members and four extraordinary soloists raise their voices and sing this beautiful, classical score, accompanied by piano, organ, trumpet, and strings…in a tradition heralding the start of the Christmas season.

No tickets to this event are sold, as we strive to allow all people who wish to experience this moving and prayerful music to attend.  A free-will offering is taken during the performance.  Otherwise, we rely on chorus members’ annual registration fees and patron donations to defray all the costs of putting on this yearly performance.  All patron donations are welcomed, and can be made in cash, by check or online at .

Starting this year, make the annual performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Messiah Chorus of Lake County your holiday tradition!

A heads up to all chorus members so that we all have time to make the change...The steering committee has approved the first major change in our dress requirements in years.  For the 2016 performance, the women will be wearing black blouses rather than white. Because white reflects the light from the spotlights, the differences in white blouses are obvious.  A blouse that is off-white looks unprofessional next to a bright white one.  Black does not reflect light in the same way, therefore slight differences will be less obvious.  

Concert attire for 2016:
For the ladies:  Blouses should be black, long-sleeved, and any buttons must also be black. No scoop necks, no lace, no cutouts, just plain black with either a stand up or man collar. Each lady will be provided with a red scarf that will be wrapped loosely around the neck and draped down the front. This will give the entire chorus a finished, uniform look. I was asked about wearing a full length black dress.  I see no problem with that as long as it is plain black, meets the same sleeve and collar requirements as the blouses and has NO SLITS in the front or sides of the dress. Black shoes should be worn.
Men will be required to wear a black jacket, black slacks, a white shirt and a red tie, black shoes and socks.
I was also asked where to get black blouses.  I will have photos and information at the next rehearsal.  After some research, I found suitable black blouses at Walmart, Kohl's, and Woman Within (for those of us who might need something roomier) 


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Welcome to the Messiah Chorus of Lake County website. This is a work in progress.  Thank you for your patience!

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