Cary Community Choir Presents Handel’s MESSIAH 

Support your community and ring in the season by attending Cary Community Choir’s presentation of the Christmas portion of Messiah by George Frederic Handel! This annual performance and a long-standing Cary tradition is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Westwood Baptist Church in Cary. 

The Cary Community Choir (CCC) is a volunteer organization that assembles annually to produce their December concert. Founded in the 1970s as a cooperative effort among Ministers of Music from the four main churches in Cary, CCC’s goal is to provide an opportunity for singers in church choirs and others from across the region to prepare for and present a concert to the public, marking the beginning of the Christmas season. 

This year, the performance is extra special. 

David Mellnik

“The big news this year is that one of our soloists is a former director of the choir,” said Regina Kaiser, a CCC volunteer. “Over the life of the choir, there have been three directors: Charles Gatwood, David Mellnik, and our current director, Pepper Choplin. David was instrumental in building the choir and continuing the legacy that Charles Gatwood created.” 

In addition to Mellnik, other soloists this year include Susannah Stewart, soprano; Kirsten Overdahl, mezzo; and Henry Branson, tenor. But don’t be intimidated — all levels of skill are welcomed and represented. If you have a love for music and a willingness to do your best, anyone is welcome to join. Please note that participants should be at least 16 years old and have at least a year of choral experience at the high school level.  

For interested attendees, this is a completely FREE event and there are no tickets or reserved seating for this performance. Donations in any amount are welcome, as 90% of CCC’s operating budget comes from the community.   


  • Michael Mahoney says:

    I would have really enjoyed hearing the Christmas portion of Handels Messiah. That Cary Community Choir event and others occurred days before the Cary Magazine article was emailed to individuals such as myself.

    • Dena Daw says:

      I am sorry you missed it! The e-newsletter with the link to the article was sent out on Nov. 29, and the concert was scheduled for Dec. 3. You should be receiving the e-newsletter on Thursday evenings. If this is not happening, please let us know.

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