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Yuba Sutter Oratorio Society

Celebrating over 80 years of music! 

Yuba Sutter Oratorio Chorus


Linda Robinson, Director

 The Oratorio Chorus is a volunteer group of more than 75 singers that performs selections from Handel's Messiah each December. Rehearsals for the Messiah are usually held on Mondays, beginning with the 1st Monday in October from 7pm-8:30pm at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1390 Franklin Rd., Yuba City. New members are always welcome!!! For information on joining the Oratorio Chorus, you can send us a message on our "Contact Us" page, or please contact Phil Gardner at 671-2029. We hope you will join us this year!

                                             YOU ARE INVITED TO SING "Messiah"

                               83rd Annual Performance (Singalong style with no live audience)

                              Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, 4:00 PM--St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

                                                LIVE STREAMED on YSOS.ORG

Dear Messiah Chorus member,

Yes, we get to sing Messiah this year. But in order to keep everyone as safe as possible from COVID 19 Messiah will need to be performed differently this year.

After a long and heart-felt discussion, the YSOS Board has decided that this year’s Messiah will need to be a “Sing-along” style Messiah with only three rehearsals and no live audience. Instead of the live audience, we are making arrangements for the “Sing-along” to be Live Streamed on several different websites including and YouTube. It can be viewed “Live” or watched at a later time. To minimize the possibility of COVID exposure, we will limit the number and length of rehearsals.

In order to give chorus members a chance to renew their familiarity with the music, we will have two one-hour rehearsals with Linda Robinson and one rehearsal with Corey Kersting and the orchestra. Rehearsal CD’s will be available at the first rehearsal to allow singers to practice at home.

Chorus only rehearsals---Monday, November 15 and 29, 7:00 pm at St. Andrew Church

Chorus and Orchestra rehearsal—Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 am at St. Andrew

Sing-along Performance---Sunday, Dec. 5, 4:00 pm at St. Andrew (no audience)


Proof of vaccination will be required for all chorus and orchestra participants.

(Please bring your proof-of-vaccination card to the first rehearsal you attend.)

Facemasks will be worn for all rehearsals and the performance.

Adequate distancing will be maintained during rehearsals and the performance.

If you are not yet vaccinated, there is still time to get vaccinated prior to the November 15 rehearsal.

If you are unable to get vaccinated, you may sing at the Saturday rehearsal and the Sunday performance if you have proof of a negative COVID test within the previous 48 hours.

The YSOS Board knows that some of these decisions will disappointing to some folks but will be welcomed by others. The best thing is that we can sing Messiah!!! Please consider getting vaccinated and then join us for our few rehearsals and the “Sing-along Performance.” It will be so good to sing together again.

YSOS Messiah 2021 List of Music to be Presented

1. Overture Orchestra

2. Comfort Ye Ten/Sop Recit.

3. Ev’ry Valley Ten/Sop Air

4. And the Glory Chorus

5. Thus Saith The Lord Tenor Recit.

6. But Who May Abide Tenor Air

8.. Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive Alto Recit.

9. O Thou That Tellest Alto Air/Chorus

10. For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth Bass Recit.

11. The People who Walked in Darkness Bass Air

12. For Unto Us Chorus

13. Pastoral Symphony Orchestra

14a. There Were Shepherds Soprano Recit.

14b. And Lo, The Angel of the Lord Soprano Recit.

15. And the Angel Said Unto Them Soprano Recit.

16. And Suddenly, There was with the Angel Soprano Recit.

17. Glory to God Chorus

18. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion Soprano Air

19. Than Shall the Eyes of the Blind Alto Recit.

20. He Shall Feed His Flock Alto/Soprano VERSION 2

24. Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs Chorus

28. He Trusted in God Chorus

33. Lift Up Your Heads Chorus

47. Behold, I Tell You a Mystery Bass Recit.

48. The Trumpet Shall Sound Bass Air

53. Worthy is the Lamb (no Amen) Chorus

44. Hallelujah Chorus

G. F. Handel himself appeared at the 2019 Messiah for Kids.

The 81st annual performance of Handel's Messiah. 12-8-19

Upcoming Events

Due to COVID restrictions, our 83rd annual presentation of Handel's Messiah will be a Live Stream of our "Singalong" style "Messiah" with no live audience.    

4:00 pm Dec. 5 and will be available  after that date as well.