20th Annual Messiah Sing-Along

Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 4 PM

Join Fairlington United Methodist Church for the 20th Annual Messiah Sing-Along in Alexandria presenting Part One and the Hallelujah Chorus on Sunday, December 3rd at 4 PM. This premier musical event is a highlight of the Christmas season in Northern Virginia that you don't want to miss with guest soloists Cassidy Dixon, soprano; Randa Melhem, mezzo-soprano; Carl Hengen, tenor; Fitzgerald St. Louis, baritone; and Sing-Along Chorus led by Fairlington’s Choir, under the direction of Dr. Louise Wilson.

  • Cassidy Dixon: Soprano

    Cassidy Dixon, soprano, is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music with a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy, and a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. This past winter, Ms. Dixon made her role debut as Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with Opera Magnifico, where she was praised for portraying “a sassy Adina through her powerful vocal range and volume” by the Black River Journal. Other recent performances include Fiametta in The Gondoliers and Edith in The Pirates of Penzance with the Young Victorian Theatre Company, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with the Sotto Voce, Musetta in La Boheme with Opera Magnifico, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with MIOpera, and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and Elizabeth Bennet in the stage-premiere of Pride and Prejudice at Peabody Conservatory. Ms. Dixon has won many prizes and awards, including with the Friday Morning Music Club, the Sylvia Green Vocal Competition, Saltworks Opera, NATS, and the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition. This fall, Ms. Dixon will return to Opera Magnifico as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and as a soloist in their annual gala, Fine Wine and Fioritura, and she will perform as a chorister with Annapolis Opera in their 2023-2024 season.

  • Randa Melhem: mezzo soprano

    Baltimore native Rand Melhem has always gravitated towards the world of music. Though she began her education as an applied mathematics student at Harvard University, she quickly realized that her passions lay in performing. Her earliest roles at Harvard were The Gingerbread Witch in Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel and Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, showing her precocious aptitude for music that is typically considered dramatic. While a graduate student at The Peabody Conservatory of Music, she explored the verismo works of  Puccini, performing in Il trittico as Frugola in Il tabarro and La zia principessa in Suor Angelica. Since then, she has begun to branch out into the repertoire of Verdi, studying the roles of Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera and Azucena in Il trovatore. She also has a passion for oratorio, having performed Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and multiple arias from Bach’s Mass in B minor, Matthäus-Passion, and Johannes-Passion. Randa studies with esteemed mezzo soprano Dolora Zajick, and Darrell Babidge, the chair of the voice faculty at The Juilliard School.

  • Carl Hengen: tenor

    Carl Hengen wields an “heroic” Tenor voice well-suited to Bel Canto, Verismo, and any other genre that requires a strong vocal presence. Mr. Hengen has sung leading operatic roles such as Ruggero in Puccini’s La Rondine, Nemorino in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore, Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, The Snowman in Rorem’s A Childhood Miracle and Donald in Douglas Moore’s Gallantry.Additional credits include Gherardo in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi with the Oberlin-In-Italy program, and Benvolio in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette with Maryland Lyric Opera. He has also enjoyed performing with the Annapolis Opera chorus. Mr. Hengen teaches at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Lutherville Music School, and the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex Campus. He is also an accomplished Guitarist and Audio Engineer. Mr. Hengen holds a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, among other degrees from Michigan State University (M.M.), the University of Maryland, College Park (B.M.), and The Community College of Baltimore County, Essex Campus (A.A.).

  • Fitzgerald St. Louis: baritone

    Originally from the Caribbean island of Dominica, Fitzgerald is a graduate of the Middle Tennessee State University and The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. Most notably he has performed Luciano Berio’s “Coro” with the Lucerne Festival Academy under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. Past opera roles include Haly in l'itliana in Algeri, Henry in Street Scene, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Frédéric in Lakmé, Pandolfe in Cendrillon, Dulcamara in l'elisir d'amore, 2nd Commissioner in Dialogues des carmélites and Count Almaviva in le nozze di Figaro; Fitzgerald has also been fortunate enough to premiere the roles of The Reverend in Stinney: An American Execution and Omani in Qadar. In the past, he was a chorus member for the Nashville Opera in their productions of Rigoletto and Carmen respectively. Fitzgerald currently resides in Columbus, OH where he is still actively performing and teaching voice professionally.

  • Kurt Dupuis: Trumpet

    Kurt Dupuis, trumpet, just completed 25 years as the Principal Trumpet of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. He has performed over a thousand performances at The White House for 6 U.S. Presidents, performed with guest conductors John Williams, Leonard Slatkin, Giancarlo Guerrero, Gerard Schwarz, Osmo Vänskä, and Johann de Meij among others, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He performs frequently with the trumpet section of the San Diego Symphony and presented a solo recital and lecture at the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Conference.

    A native of Rochester, NH, Kurt began his musical instruction at age 8 and earned a bachelor's degree in music from Boston University where he also pursued graduate studies. His teachers included Roger Voisin, Peter Chapman, and Dr. Robert Stibler. In addition, he has received extensive coaching from Rolf Smedvig, Timothy Morrison, Jeff Curnow, and Susan Slaughter. 

    Kurt was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., and was a participant at the Grand Teton Orchestral Seminar in Jackson Hole, WY for two summers. He also was a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, winners of the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition, Summit Brass International Chamber Music Competition, and the Rafael Mendez International Chamber Music Competition. The quintet toured the U.S. and Canada under Columbia Artist Management and coached at the Empire Brass Seminar at the Tanglewood Institute. Kurt has performed with the Empire Brass both at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Bermuda Arts Festival. 

    Kurt performs with The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass with performances in the Grand Cayman Islands and Brazil. He also has 26 complete albums released as Principal Trumpet with “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band and was the Principal Trumpet for their Emmy Award winning PBS special in 2019.

Admission to the Messiah sing-along and parking are FREE to all. 

You are invited to bring your own Messiah score or you may purchase a G. Schirmer edition for $9.00 at the door.  

Handel's triumphant and moving 'Messiah' is undoubtedly one of the western world's most popular oratorios and the definitive live Christmas concert experience. As with past years, Fairlington's Messiah Sing-Along will delight and inspire as the nearly 300 year old musical work is presented with orchestra and guest soloists to create an unforgettable celebration! This presentation of sacred Christmas music, with the beloved Hallelujah chorus, is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. 


Guest Soloists

Cassidy Dixon, soprano

Randa Melhem, mezzo-soprano  

Carl Hengen, tenor

Fitzgerald St. Louis, baritone



Guiseppe Torelli’s Trumpet Concerto in D Major, G.1

Kurt Dupuis, trumpet

The Amadeus Orchestra

Dr. Louise Wilson, conductor