Messiah Rehearsal Schedules Set

The rehearsal schedule is set for one of the longest running performances in the country.  The Bethany Oratorio Society will be holding the first Messiah rehearsal Sunday, February 6th in Presser Hall, and St. Matthew’s Passion rehearsal on Tuesday, February 8th in Presser Hall at 7 p.m.

According to Bethany College, Dr. Keith Dodson, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies will be the guest conductor for the actual performance of Messiah while Dr. Mark Lucas, Artistic Director for the Messiah Festival of the Arts will lead choral rehearsals for both Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Passion according to St. Matthew, as well as the performance of the Passion this year.

The chorus for the performance of the “Messiah” is unique in that community members, college students, and faculty join together to form the Bethany Oratorio Society. You are invited to join the Bethany Oratorio Society for its 141st season. Rehearsals for Messiah are Sunday afternoons and rehearsals for the Bach are on Tuesday evenings.  New singers should come 30-45 minutes early on Feb. 6th for a brief voice test.  Scores will be available for purchase that day.  For more details please contact Messiah Festival Coordinator Anne Hassler-Heidel at [email protected]

Schedule of rehearsals is tentative and subject to change based on health protocol.

 Handel “Messiah”

2022 Chorus Rehearsal Schedule

Sunday2-63:00 pm5:00 pmAll singers
Sunday2-133:00 pm5:00 pmSoprano and Alto Sections ONLY
Sunday2-203:00 pm5:00 pmTenor and Bass Sections ONLY
Sunday2-273:00 pm5:00 pmAll singers
Sunday3-66:00 pm*8:00 pm*w/orchestra
Sunday3-13No RehearsalSpring Break
Sunday3-206:00 pm*8:00 pm*w/orchestra
Sunday3-273:00 pm5:00 pmAll singers
Sunday4-33:00 pm????Dress Rehearsal
Sunday4-10No RehearsalGo see GodspellPalm Sunday
Sunday4-172:30 pm call time in Burnett Center????Performance

*Note later rehearsal time


Bach“St. Matthew Passion”

2022 Chorus  Rehearsal Schedule

Tuesday2-87:00 pm9:00 pm
Tuesday2-157:00 pm9:00 pm
Tuesday2-227:00 pm9:00 pm
Tuesday3-17:00 pm9:00 pm
Tuesday3-87:00 pm9:00 pm
Tuesday3-15Spring BreakNo Rehearsal
Tuesday3-227:00 pm9:30 pmw/orchestra
Tuesday3-297:00 pm9:30 pmw/orchestra
Tuesday4-57:00 pm9:00 pm
Wednesday4-137:00 pm9:30 pmw/orchestra
Friday4-156:30 pm

Call Time

7:30 pm PerformancePERFORMANCE

*Note later rehearsal time


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