The Illinois State University Friends of the Arts (FOA) invite you to join friends, family, and community members at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 15, in the Illinois State University Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall for a sing-along version of Handel’s Messiah. The event is a fundraiser for fine arts student scholarships and grants.

Come to sing or just to listen and enjoy. The program will consist of the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah plus the “Hallelujah” chorus. Friends of the Arts has assembled a volunteer orchestra and soloists who will help enrich the experience. Sam Fleming, M.M. ’19 will conduct.

Soloists include Illinois State University School of Music alumni Audrey Vallance ’78, M.M. ’79, soprano and Jason Morgan’92, tenor along with Mackenzie Ahlman, alto and Matthew Davis, bass.

Give yourself the gift of music this holiday season.

Donations of cash or check will be accepted at the door, or you can donate online via the secure Illinois State University Foundation website. Please note “Messiah sing-along” under the Gift Notes section for donations related to this event. Donations will be used to provide Friends of the Arts scholarships and grants for Illinois State University Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts students.

  • Singers: Fill out this form to let us know of your plan to participate. You can bring your own score or click the following links to download the score 10 pages at a time:  1-10 | 11-22 | 23-32 | 33-41 | 42-51.
  • If you do not plan to sing, there is no need to complete the sign-up form. Just come, bring friends and family, relax and enjoy.
  • Orchestra: To receive a copy of your part in advance of the rehearsal, contact FOA board member Marge Mosier at

Free event parking will be available in the School Street Parking Deck (400 West Beaufort Street at School Street) in any spot numbered 250 and above.

For more information, email FOA board member Marge Mosier.

If you need an accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts at (309) 438-8321 or Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.