Sing-Along Messiah FAQs

Messiah time is almost here! We love putting together and performing Handel’s Messiah each year. If it were possible we would fit every one from Saskatoon’s large choral community on stage with us for one amazing choir. Since there isn’t nearly enough room up front (and scheduling rehearsals would be a nightmare) we have the Sing-Along Messiah the afternoon after the Messiah performance. Choral professionals and enthusiasts alike join in singing beloved Messiah choruses as one huge choir.

Always wondered about the Sing-Along but you’ve never taken the leap? Have no fear! Here are some answers to the frequently asked Messiah Sing-Along questions.

Where and when is the Sing-Along?

The Sing-Along is Saturday December 14th at 2pm in Knox United Church. This is the same location for the Friday night performance. Doors open at 1 pm so come early to get your seat (and perhaps do a warmup or two)!

How do I get tickets?

Tickets are available online and at the door. Tickets are $45 /$38 for seniors / and $25 for Sing-Along seats.  Our #TD25Below is in effect at the door! ($15 for anyone 25 and under with ID at the ticket table).  As well you can contact the SSO office to find out more about a discounted group ticket price for choirs (groups of 4 or more) – email for more info.

Do I have to sing?

No! We do not force everyone to sing. If you want to come enjoy our soloists, and an incredibly large choir, come watch and listen. We recommend you sit in one of the balconies at Knox to have the full experience.

Where do the singers sit?

We divide the main floor in to sections (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) so you can sit with your voice type (your people!). This way it is easier for those sight reading or experiencing their first Sing-Along. Confidence in numbers!

How do I know when to sing?

Our Saskatoon Symphony Chorus Conductor Duff Warkentin and Music Director Eric Paetkau will be there to lead the charge! Keep you eyes on the baton as there are changes in tempi. All sing along portions are bolded in the program with page numbers.

Can I sing the soloists part?

We invite you to sing along with our Saskatoon Symphony Chorus. Our soloists will be there for the recits and arias. In this relaxed setting they might try out a  few new ornaments! So sit back, relax, and enjoy their exceptional voices.

What if I don’t have a Messiah score?

Not to worry. We will have several copies (at least 80) that we lend out for the performance. Please make sure to return them after as they belong to the University of Saskatchewan Music Department and the SSO!

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