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Andrea Bartolomeo (on left in photo) and Deborah Maue, Co-Administrators and  Co-Associate Conductors of Grace’s Schola and Madrigal choirs

Our Youth Choirs

Madrigals

This choir is for teens (grades 9-12). The choir rehearses unaccompanied, standing in a circle in the Grace Church sanctuary, a tuning fork the only musical aid, reinforcing the excellent sight-reading skills necessary to function at this level of musicianship. The Choir’s core repertoire consists of unaccompanied motets and madrigals from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. The full scope of the repertoire engages the singers with lyrics in Latin, Italian, Hebrew, English, French, German, and Spanish.

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Both of our youth choruses maintain a high standard of musical performance. The youth choirs sing music in many languages from the sacred and secular classical repertoire, as well as from cultures around the world. In addition to leading worship services on several Sundays and holidays at Grace Church, the Choirs have performed at community events such as:

  • The Holiday Housewalk
  • A Day in our Village
  • Community of Congregations Thanksgiving and Twelfth Night Epiphany Services
  • Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s Treble Choir Festival, and
  • American Guild of Organists Leo Sowerby Anniversary Members Recital and Banquet


The Schola has provided holiday music at Chicago’s Symphony Center, and has performed as guests of the Handel Week Festival, the Windy City String Ensemble, and the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest.

The Madrigal Choir has presented a full production of The Boar’s Head Dinner each December for many years.  Join us for a wonderful evening of music, food, and laughter.

Selected members of the Schola and Madrigal Choir have also participated in three-day Spring Tours. Past tours have taken the choirs to Memphis, Cleveland, Boston, Dallas, Dubuque, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Lansing, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Toronto.

Schola Choir

The Schola Choir and Scholars Program is open to children in grades 2-8. It is a competency-based, Kodaly-oriented choir whose members are taught sight-reading, sight-singing, and solfege.

Singers from 3rd grade through high school gather online for singing, learning, friendship, and fun (kazoos, anyone?), Sundays 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. For more information, including the Zoom link and password, please email scholamadrigalchoirs@gmail.com.

Meet Our Youth Choir Staff