Sing-Along Messiah
Under the direction of Dr. Lillian Quackenbush!

After a 3-year absence, Sing-Along Messiah is back!

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Columbia‘s annual Sing-Along Messiah will once again be celebrated in the beautiful, historic sanctuary of Washington Street United Methodist Church. After a 3-year absence due to COVID, WSUMC is excited to bring back this very popular Christmas event.

Sing-Along Messiah was founded in 2002 by Arletta Raley on the principle that everyone in the metropolitan Columbia area, and anyone willing to travel to Columbia, should have an opportunity to sing some part of Handel‘s Messiah at least once a year. Sing-Along Messiah was established also on the heartfelt tenet of many people who have performed Messiah throughout their lives, that no Christmas season music is ever truly complete without it. 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, divided into 3 sections. Sing-Along Messiah includes all of Section 1 and “Hallelujah” from Section 2.

The service lasts approximately an hour. Sing-Along Messiah will feature an orchestra of talented local musicians through the dedication and hard work of Columbia’s own Dick Goodwin. Also featured is a core choir to lead the singing of the choruses. Singers in the core choir have historically represented many local choirs and groups, and we entreat new and repeat singers to join us.

In order to keep in line with the fire marshall’s seating limits, reservations are required. Ticket reservations will begin on NOVEMBER 1, 2023.

Admission will be free but donations are gratefully accepted. You may donate directly to SAM by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.

Nearby parking, with directional signage, is readily available. Scores are available for loan as you enter the Narthex. 

Please feel free to contact Jane Peterson, Director of Communication at [email protected] if you have questions or need more information.

You may also contact our church’s Business Administrator, Robbie Douglas, at [email protected] if you wish to support this event. You can give online at or by clicking on the Donate Today button. Be sure to select Sing-Along Messiah as the designated fund.