Please Come and Sing the Messiah with us!

Plan to join us as we host our second Come and Sing on Friday evening, December 8th at 7 pm. It’s Messiah time! Bring your score, or we can provide one. Invite all your singing friends. One night only. No rehearsals. More details are on our Come and Sing series page.


NKCC Board of Directors
Carl Schutte, president
Tracy Clark
Ashley Gribbins
Michael Kleier
Sterling Pratt
Patty Schaeper

Stephanie Nash, Artistic Director


I’ll be at the Messiah Come and Sing on December 8th. Sign me up please

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Messiah score

Singing in a chorus is good for you

“ The physiological benefits of singing, and music more generally, have long been explored. Music making exercises the brain as well as the body, but singing is particularly beneficial for improving breathing, posture and muscle tension. Listening to and participating in music has been shown to be effective in pain relief, too, probably due to the release of neurochemicals such as β-endorphin (a natural painkiller responsible for the “high” experienced after intense exercise).


There’s also some evidence to suggest that music can play a role in sustaining a healthy immune system, by reducing the stress hormone cortisol and boosting the Immunoglobin A antibody.   Music has been used in different cultures throughout history in many healing rituals, and is already used as a therapy in our own culture (for the relief of mental illness, breathing conditions and language impairment, for example). Everyone can sing – however much we might protest – meaning it is one of the most accessible forms of music making, too. Song is a powerful therapy indeed.


Regular choir members report that learning new songs is cognitively stimulating and helps their memory, and it has been shown that singing can help those suffering from dementia, too. The satisfaction of performing together, even without an audience, is likely to be associated with activation of the brain’s reward system, including the dopamine pathway, which keeps people coming back for more.”

   Jacques Launay, Postdoctoral Researcher in Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford.

That first breath that a choir or orchestra takes together, a breath filled with focus, intention and emotion, a breath unified for no other reason than to make something beautiful together… that is the reason we do what we do.

— Eric Whitacre, American composer