For more than 60 years, the Hood choir has performed Handel's "Messiah" during the Christmas season. For most of that time, the performances were with the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club. In recent years Hood has performed in conjunction with choirs from Mount St. Mary's University, Montgomery College and Goucher College, as well as with the Choral Arts Society of Frederick. Individual musical selections, soloists, the orchestra and choral forces may change from year to year, but Handel's glorious and majestic music lives on, as does this important tradition at Hood.
In 1998, a commemorative CD recording was made; it may be purchased through the bookstore's online catalog.