Announcing the 65th and final performance of Handel’s Messiah

The Greensboro Oratorio Singers will present the 65th annual performance of George Frederic Handel’s Messiah, Tuesday, November 27, 2018 7:00 the Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene Street, Greensboro. This year’s soloists are listed below. Come with your family and friends to hear this classic masterpiece! The concert is free, given as our gift to the people of this area.  Hope to see you there!

Messiah soloists:

Caroline Crupi, Soprano

Emily Wolber, Mezzo

Jacob Wright, Tenor

Daniel Crupi, Bass

News — Messiah rehearsals announced and a special note

Updated on Nov. 6 — Registration for new singers is now closed. We hope to see you at the concert at the Carolina Theatre on Nov. 27 at 7:00 pm. Thanks for your support of our group!

Rehearsals for this year’s 65th and final annual performance of the Messiah will begin this coming Monday, October 22, and continue on Mondays October 29 and November 5, 12, and 19. We will be rehearsing at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2600 Pisgah Church Road (on Battleground Avenue across from the Lowes Store). Registration will begin at 7:00 pm and rehearsal will begin promptly at 7:30 pm. There is no registration fee and scores will be available, if you don’t already have one. We will be decorating the stage with poinsettias this year. They will be available for purchase for $10 each, and can be taken for personal use by the purchaser after the performance.

The dress rehearsal is scheduled for Monday, November 26, and the performance will be on Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 pm at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Greensboro. As additional information is available, it will be distributed by email, on our Facebook page, and on this website (

If your snail mail address, email address, phone number, or other contact information has changed since last year, please send an email to  and let me know.

Attention to any singer who lives in the Lindley Park area: please let me know by sending an email to if you would be willing and able to offer a ride to another singer.

And a special note — thanks to all of you for all of your support over the past 65 years. After 65 years of taking music to the community, the time to end has come. The Messiah performance on November 27 will be our last concert; the group will disband after that. Again, thank you for supporting us over the years.

Come sing with us!

Come sing with us! Fall and Messiah Information

We are taking a break over the summer to rest and rejuvenate for the coming fall season. However, September will be here very soon, when we will again begin rehearsals. We would love to have you come sing with us this fall!

We will begin rehearsing for our fall season on Monday, September 10 at 7:30 pm in the choir room at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church (4800 W. Friendly Avenue). No auditions are required and there is no registration fee for the fall season. We will be rehearsing Schubert’s Mass in F to perform at area retirement communities. If you already own this score, feel free to bring it with you. Our performance is scheduled for Sunday, October 14 at 4:00 pm at River Landing Retirement Community.

Our rehearsals for the Messiah will be on Mondays October 22 and 29, and November 5, 12, and 19, 7:30-9:00 PM, at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church. The dress rehearsal will be on Monday, November 26, and the Messiah concert will be on Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 pm at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Greensboro.

Come sing with the Greensboro Oratorio Singers this fall. Sing with us in October to take music to area retirement communities and then stay with us to perform the Messiah!

Mark your calendar — come sing with us!

This is an invitation — come sing with the Greensboro Oratorio Singers this fall!

Rehearsals for this fall will begin on Monday, September 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm; registration will start at 7:00 pm in the choir room at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, 4800 W. Friendly Avenue, Greensboro (corner of Friendly and Westridge).  All interested singers who are willing to participate in the regular rehearsals and concerts are invited. No auditions are required! We will prepare a short program to sing at nearby retirement centers on Sunday afternoons in late October.

Rehearsals for the Messiah will be on Mondays October 22 and 29, and November 5, 12, and 19. The dress rehearsal will be on Monday, November 26 and the Messiah concert will be on Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00pm, at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Greensboro.

New singers are welcome — come sing with us!

Memorial Day Service

On Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Forest Lawn Cemetery, there will be a Memorial Day service sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 53. This service honors those local members of the military, active and retired, who died this past year. The service usually lasts no more than 45 minutes. GOS members are invited to come sing, as a group, familiar patriotic songs such as My Country ‘Tis of Thee, America the Beautiful, and God Bless America. Music will be provided when you arrive. As this event is scheduled on a holiday weekend, I am aware that some of you will be traveling. We will need enough volunteers to cover all of the voice parts.

If you are in town and willing, please be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 3901 Forest Lawn Drive, by 1:40 pm. If you can, please wear red, white, and blue. Here is a link with information about Forest Lawn Cemetery:
Thanks in advance to everyone who comes to sing!

No rehearsal this evening, March 12

Due to the unpredictability of the temperatures this evening and not knowing what the road conditions will be at 9:00 this evening, we have decided to cancel rehearsal tonight.  Please practice with Cyberbass or with a keyboard, if you have one, this week. Looking forward to seeing all of you next week.

Announcing our spring concerts

This spring, our group will be presenting Elijah (part 2) by Felix Mendelssohn. We would love to see you at one of our concerts, as listed below. The concerts are free; donations accepted.

Guest soloists are Derek Jackenheimer, tenor, and Daniel Crupi, baritone. Soloists from the choir include Willie Mae Clemes, Annette Tilley, Julie Lee, Mimi Chang, and Valerie Lepko.

Sunday April 22, 2018 …… 7:00 PM at
Friendly Avenue Baptist, 4800 W. Friendly Avenue, Greensboro

Sunday April 29, 2018 …… 7:30 PM at
St. John’s UMC, 1304 Merritt Drive, Greensboro

Come sing with us this spring!

Rehearsal for the spring season began last week; there was a small
group that braved the threatening weather conditions and came to
sing. We will have rehearsal tonight, Monday, January 15, from 7:30pm
to 9:00pm at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, 4800 W. Friendly Avenue
in Greensboro, and we will rehearsal every Monday night through
April. This spring, our group is planning to sing the oratorio
Elijah, part 2. We welcome singers of all voice parts, and especially
tenors and basses. The only cost is for the music, if you do not
already have a copy of the score.

Our performances will be on Sundays in late April at churches in the
Greensboro area. Please think about singing with us for the Spring
2018 season and help our group perform Elijah! If you have questions,
send an email to  Come sing with the Greensboro
Oratorio Singers this spring!

Rehearsal this evening, January 8, 2018

This is the forecast I just copied from the WGHP website, at 4:30 pm: “This evening will be above freezing, but still chilly outside! Temperatures will be in the mid-30’s. There will be patchy, light rain in the forecast with brief sleeting possible.” We WILL have our first spring rehearsal this evening, at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, beginning at 7:30. If you do not feel comfortable coming out to the rehearsal this evening, please do not come. Will see you if you come tonight, and if you don’t come, hope to see you next Monday!