Handel's Messiah

Plan a Messiah Sing-Along with The Tabernacle Choir

On Good Friday, April 10, 2020, throughout the world individuals and families in their homes will be using the internet to join their voices with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra on Temple Square in singing Messiah. It will be a much-anticipated world gathering bringing together Christians around the world celebrating the birth, life, and resurrection of Christ with fans of Handel's beloved oratorio for live performances by this world-famous Choir and Orchestra and renowned guest soloists.

We invite you to sing along with the Choir in the comfort of your own home to join us for this event. The best part about hosting your own Messiah Sing-Along is that it is as easy and inexpensive as watching YouTube. All you need is an internet connection, speakers strong enough so that people can hear while they are singing, and a monitor.

Schedule your own event at a time convenient to you. The Messiah concert is available via:

  • Internet Stream: An stream of the concert via the internet on Friday, April 10 begins with a 15-minute pre-concert countdown at 6:45 p.m. MDT and the full concert at 7:00 p.m. MDT. 
  • On Demand: At the end of the stream, approximately 11:00 p.m. MDT, the concert will be posted on YouTube which will make it available as an on-demand stream to use for your Messiah event. 

Tuning in details

  • Concert length: The full Messiah concert is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, with the pauses mentioned below.
  • The internet stream will begin at 6:45 p.m. MDT with a 15-minute pre-concert countdown. The full concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. MDT.
  • There will be a 5-minute pause between Part 1 and Part 2 and again between Part 2 and Part 3.
  • If watching via the internet, don't worry if you are late getting started. You can begin the internet stream again from the beginning and not miss a note! (Those watching on the satellite feed will join the concert in progress.)

Here are some suggested ways to make a Messiah Sing-Along successful:

Internet and Audio

  • Make sure you have a stable high-speed internet connection at your Sing-Along location.
  • Get the best audio quality possible by connecting to a home theater or public address system.
  • If you have a smart TV, game console, or streaming stick, you can view the on-demand concert via The Tabernacle Choir YouTube channel from your device. (ROKU users can also view the performance on the Saints Channel app.)
  • Laptop computer users can optimize their home viewing experience by connecting your computer to your television via an HDMI port.
  • For an optimal group viewing experience in a larger venue, use a projector to plug into a laptop so that everyone will be able to easily view the concert. You may need a VGA or HDMI cable to connect your computer to the projector.
  • To get the best audio quality possible, connect to a sound bar, home theater system, or public-address system so that everyone can enjoy the sound.

Messiah Concert Programs

  • Print out Messiah concert programs—available in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish—from the downloadable PDFs which will be posted on the www.tabchoir.org/messiah website for attendees to read. The program will include information about the Choir and Orchestra, the featured guest artists, and Handel’s Messiah (in five languages) and Messiah libretto (lyrics in English only), but not the music.  

Messiah Music Scores to download or purchase

  • Participants typically arrive at a Messiah Sing-Along with their own music score. Here is a link to a recommended G. Schirmer Messiah public domain PDF score (216 pages) that is downloadable. (Please be aware that public domain/copyright laws vary from country to country, so this copy may not be free of known copyright restrictions in all jurisdictions.)  Music scores in additional languages for Messiah are available by changing the flag to the country of your choice on the same webpage as the English.
  • If you want to purchase your own choral score, here is a link to purchase the frequently used G. Schirmer Messiah score on Amazon.com.

Additional Messiah resources in English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese can be found at www.tabchoir.org/messiah