Harrisburg, PA - Founded in 1996, the Central PA Oratrio Singers study and present classical oratorio masterworks for the audience of the 21st century, while faithfully respecting and embracing the intentions of their creators. Join us for an afternoon of Handel's Messiah and Bach's Cantata 29 on Sunday, November 6 at 3pm, in the Sanctuary of Market Square Presbyterian Church. Thank you for your continued support!

Fall 2016 Concert

Central PA Oratorio Singers and
Market Square Presbyterian Church
are pleased to present

Handel's Messiah
and Bach's Cantata 29:
We Thank Thee God, We Thank Thee

with Chorus, Soloists & Orchestra
Brett A. Terry, Conductor

Sunday November 6 at 3 pm
Market Square Presbyterian Church

$18 General Admission
$10 Seniors and Student


The CPOS is a volunteer-based organization committed to performing the great Oratorio masterworks for your enjoyment. Proceeds from ticket sales and Patronage donations are used to directly offset rehearsal, parking and productions costs. Please click the tickets link for more information and to purchase tickets on-line. Thank you for your support!

Brett A. Terry

Please welcome Brett A. Terry as the director and conductor of the CPOS!

Brett is the Minister of Music & Worship at Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA, having previously served in similar positions at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Divinity School’s daily chapel, Marquand Chapel, and at ... read more here

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Sing With Us!

Join Brett and the CPOS chorus in a rousing performance of Handel's timeless masterpiece and the Bach Cantata 29, with orchestra! Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings beginning September 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Dress rehearsal is the morning of Saturday November 5, and the concert performance is on Sunday November 6 at 3:00 pm. All activities are located at Market Square Presbyterian Church.

To sign-up for the chorus or request an audition for a soloist part,
click this sign-up link. It will take you to a Google form. Fill in the required information, and be sure to click its "Submit" button!  While you are waiting for the next rehearsal, here is a calendar, the rehearsal plan, and a photo of us to hold you over!

Soloist auditions for Bach commence after rehearsal on September 20th. Please see below documents for individual parts.

Replenish, Refresh and Renew

Psalm 96:1
O sing unto the Lord a new song:
Sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

The CPOS invites all who are able to sing with us, for we are called to replenish, refresh and renew so that our mission is sustainable and ever-growing in the glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!

Directions and Parking

Market Square Presbyterian Church
20 South 2nd Street ~ Harrisburg PA 17101
(717) 257-1270

The Market Square Garage is attached to the church building, offering secure, free, well-lit and convenient parking on the date of the concert and rehearsals. Drive into the garage from South 2nd street. Entrance to the Sanctuary is from the garage's 1st level. Be sure to bring your ticket with you to the sanctuary where you may exchange it for a free voucher. 

Click Directions & Parking for detailed directions and maps.

Inspiration for the Season

"The marvels of God are not rought forth from one's self / Rather, it is more like a chord, a sound that is played / The tone does not come out of the chord itself / but rather, through the touch of the musician / I am, of course, the lyre and harp of God's kindness." Read more about Hildegard of Bingen