We are thrilled that your child or teen will be part of Grace’s choir program this year. To those new to Grace, a special “Welcome!” I know how valuable a strong music education is for life, and sacred music is integral to music formation. The choirs function as both church choirs and community choirs with no expectation of aﬃliation beyond the choirs. Still, we welcome those who might be yearning for a faith community. On the 1st Sundays of the month, when one choir is rehearsing and singing, there is programming for the rest of the family. As an on-going opportunity, we will have an intergenerational art activity for those who would prefer to be doing something. Shalom.
-The Rev. Mary Slenski, Interim Rector
Our Conductor, Dr. Kipp Cortez
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 perform annually at community events such as:
The Schola provides 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 presents a full production Boar’s Head Dinner each December. Join us for a wonderful evening of music, food and laughter.
Every year, selected members of the Schola and Madrigal Choir participate in a three-day Spring Tour. Past tours have taken the choirs to Memphis, Cleveland, Boston, Dallas, Dubuque, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Lansing, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Detroit and Toronto.
Now in its 19th season, 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. Rehearsals began on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Online registration is ongoing, here.
Now celebrating its twenty-fifth season, 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. Rehearsals began on Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Online registration is ongoing, here.
Andrea Bartolomeo (on left in photo) and Deborah Maue, Co-Administrators and Co-Associate Conductors of Grace’s Schola and Madrigal choirs