The Only Annual Sing-Along Presentation of Messiah in South Carolina…
Messiah, by G.F. Handel, is perhaps the best known and most popular sacred oratorio ever written. In its entirety, it is comprised of 53 individual selections presented as orchestral symphonies, choruses, recitatives, and arias.
Sing-Along Messiah in Columbia, SC was founded in 2002, on the principle that everyone in the metropolitan Columbia area, and anyone willing to travel to Columbia, should have the opportunity to sing some part of Messiah at least once a year. Sing-Along Messiah was also established on the heartfelt tenet of many people who have sung Messiah throughout their lives, that no Christmas season is ever truly complete without it.
The annual Sing-Along Messiah service takes place at Washington Street United Methodist Church in downtown Columbia. The event is comprised of a 20-member professional orchestra, a community-based choir to lead the singing of the choruses, and a professional conductor. Since its inception, Sing-Along Messiah has been conducted each year by Dr. Lillian Quackenbush.
Sing-Along Messiah is a joyous night of worship, instrumental music, and singing. It is the only annual sing-along presentation of Messiah in South Carolina, and is presented to the public without an admission charge. The attribute that gives it its identity is that the 800 people who attend the event are invited to join in the singing as participants, rather than as an audience, with no rehearsal required, and without regard to how much or how well they sing.
The money required to pay the professional musicians and other operating expenses of the event is provided by the members of Washington Street United Methodist Church, a few generous sponsors, and attendee donations. Sing-Along Messiah is produced by Davis and Angela Powers, and made possible through the dedication of many volunteers who strive to make Sing-Along Messiah a joyous Christmas experience for all who attend.