A Messiah Sing, presented by by the Master Singers Chorale of Northeast Ohio

Master Singers Chorale
Area singers are invited to participate in the Master Singers Chorale of Northeast Ohio’s Messiah Sing, coming Sunday, December 15, to the First Congregational Church of Akron.

By Mimi Vanderhaven

On Sunday, December 15, the Master Singers Chorale of Northeast Ohio, under the direction of artistic director Edward Arthur Shure, will host a Messiah Sing at the First Congregational Church of Akron, 292 E. Market Street, as a benefit to support the church’s food pantry and raise awareness for the serious issue of food insecurity.

The Messiah Sing—where the audience is the chorus—is an opportunity for singers throughout Northeast Ohio to join the Master Singers Chorale in a performance of Part One of Handel’s Messiah with the addition of the Hallelujah Chorus. The Sing will include Daniel Hathaway on organ, Justin Kohan and Jack Brndiar on trumpet, Kyle Morelock, on horn, and Tom Pylinski on trombone.

The Chorale has partnered with Kent State University to engage exceptional young artists—either currently or recently enrolled—to sing the solo arias and recitatives. This year’s soloists will be Heather Morrison, soprano, Natalie Butchko, mezzo, Benjamin Hayes, tenor, and Charles Austin Piper, baritone.

“We’re always looking for new ways to partner with the community,” Shure says. “In this case, the Chorale will give gifted young artists an opportunity to perform on a larger public stage.”

The Messiah Sing is not restricted to those who want to sing. It’s also open to people who simply want to listen and experience the music. The afternoon will conclude with all in attendance welcoming the holiday season with a Christmas carol sing-a-long arranged by Sir David Willcocks.

In lieu of admission, the Chorale requests that all participants and audience members bring (unexpired) non-perishable foodstuffs or personal hygiene items for the food pantry—items that can be used during the upcoming cold winter months. All donations will go to serve the community.

“Music is a great source of healing, and performing organizations that attract large audiences can make a huge impact through events like this one,” Shure says. “We encourage anyone who ever thought about singing to join us. We look forward to a beautiful afternoon of music making.”

For more information about the Messiah Sing, or if you’re interested in joining the Chorale for its 2020 season, visit MasterSingersInc.org or find them at Facebook.com/mastersingerschorale.

  • WHAT: A Messiah Sing, presented by the Master Singers Chorale of Northeast Ohio
  • WHEN: Sunday, December 15, 3:00 p.m
  • WHERE: First Congregational Church of Akron, 292 E. Market Street, in Akron
  • TICKETS: In lieu of admission, the Master Singers Chorale requests that all participants and audience members bring (unexpired) non-perishable foodstuffs or personal hygiene items for the church’s food pantry.