Concert November 17, 2018
The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale has been providing an eclectic mix of choral music for Chicago's western suburbs for more than 30 years. You'll find everything from the classics to jazz to spirituals on the Chorale's concert programs—all performed by people who love to sing! The Chorale is home to 50-60 singers from a variety of backgrounds. Their goal is to enjoy and appreciate the musical gift, and to bring that gift to you in their concerts.
The Chorale was founded in January 1985, with the goal of building a long and respected musical tradition in the community. Today, the Chorale includes 60 members from throughout the western suburbs of Chicago. The group consists of singers from the auditioning novice to professional-level singers performing a wide variety of music, including: jazz, gospel/spirituals, pop, larger works of choral music, sacred, folk, all-time favorites, and show tunes. They provide members the opportunity to strengthen their musical abilities and appreciation.
The Chorale presents concerts throughout the year as a culmination of its members' efforts to enhance the community's appreciation and love for a variety of music. Outreach concerts give special consideration to local retirement and nursing home facilities that may be underserved by other arts programs. Concerts have incorporated other community musical groups, including the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, the Wheaton Municipal Band, jazz and string ensembles, instrumental soloists, and other chorales, such as the internationally renowned Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus.
In addition to its twice-yearly community concerts, the Chorale has performed at Pheasant Run (with Kenny Rogers), the Oakbrook Marriott Hotel, Windsor Park Manor, Wyndemere Retirement Communities, Beacon Hill, Brighton Gardens, Wheaton Autumn Fest, Kane County Cougar baseball games and Brookfield Zoo's Holiday Magic. Community outreach concerts are performed at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Center, DuPage Convalescent Center, Hines VA Hospital, the Glen Ellyn and Wheaton Christmas Walks, and various community festivals and parades.
In June 2016, the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale performed a concert tour in Spain and France, singing seven concerts. Three of these were formal concerts performed in conjunction with local singing groups in Limoux, Sarlat-le-Canéda, and Le Bouscat, France. These longer concerts presented sections by each choral group, then completed with combined singing. Plus they had the opportunity to sing one song in the subterranean monolithic church in Saint Emilion. This church is carved out from one huge rock, and is large enough to easily hold several hundred people.
The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale was incorporated as an Illinois non-profit in 1994 and is a tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.