Episcopal Church

Fall 2020 Update

Starting September 13, Singers from 3rd grade through high school will gather online for singing, learning, friendship, and fun (kazoos, anyone?), Sundays 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Plans are in the works for recording musical offerings for Grace's Sunday services and special occasions. For more information, including the Zoom link and password, please email scholamadrigalchoirs@gmail.com.

Meet Our Youth Choir Staff

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 in Oak Park

About Us

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 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 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.

Madrigals

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.

Schola Choir

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.