Project Handel: Messiah

The Handel and Haydn Society is thrilled to collaborate with MassArt this season. Under the instruction of MassArt faculty members, students in the Illustration Department will create works of visual art inspired by Handel's oratorio Messiah. This piece is knit into the fabric of identity of H+H throughout its history and we look forward to exploring it with you, examining its continued relevance, and seeing the new work that you create in response to it.

Your Project Handel: Messiah artwork must measure 11” x 16” and be accompanied by an artist’s statement of no more than 100 words. Students will submit a digital image of their work to H+H and sign an artwork release form. All artwork will be posted on the H+H website. Students will price their work and have the opportunity to make it available for sale.

In the spring, a panel of MassArt faculty and H+H leadership and patrons will select up to 12 works to display at an H+H concert at Symphony Hall.

Materials for inspiration

Performance Videos

Handel's Messiah | Part 1

Handel's Messiah | Parts 2 + 3

Messiah Text


Reading the words that the librettist selected and that the vocalists sing throughout the piece is a helpful guide to the content of Handel's Messiah.

Beyond Messiah


Learn more about the relationship between the Handel and Haydn Society and Handel's iconic piece.



Historically Informed Performance (HIP) transforms our music-making. Learn more about the unique sounds you hear with H+H.

Musical Pairings


H+H musicians discuss the connections, bonds, and creation of musical beauty through their unique instruments.

PRogram Covers


Take a look through a selection of program covers from H+H Messiah performances.

Submitting your work

To submit your work, please complete the following steps.

Questions? Contact Emily Reed, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement, or 617 262 1815.