No experience is necessary to join any of our Choirs. Joining a particular Choir depends upon a combination of a singer’s natural musical abilities, age, and the type of choral experience that singer is looking for. Our choirs sing a diverse repertoire, in various languages and styles. Most of our Choirs perform in our three self-produced events each year—our Holiday Concert, our Spring Concert and our March fundraiser. Beyond those events, the Concert Choir is our primary group for other special performances, collaborations, etc., although our other Choirs may occasionally enjoy other performance opportunities as they might arise. Please see Join Us for more detailed information on how to join.
*Note: We are continuing to adapt to the ever-changing realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to getting as many members singing in person as safety protocols, and comfort levels, will allow. The working rehearsal and performance plans outlined below may be somewhat altered as the situation evolves and CDC guidelines are further updated. That said, here is our working plan:
Beginning with our Winter/Spring Semester this January, 2022, we will switch back to all in-person rehearsals and performances as our basic method of operation, with full vaccination against COVID-19 required for in-person participation in our Concert Choir and Youth Chorale Pops. Youth Chorale Pops will still have a Zoom rehearsal option, but performances for that Choir will also be only in person, i.e. we are not planning any pre-recorded virtual choir presentations for next semester. Masks will still be required for the time being for rehearsals and performances, until the trajectory of the pandemic improves significantly. In response to the Omicron surge, we are doubling our air filtration and will be running two medical grade HEPA filters during rehearsals. We will also air out the room with exhaust fans and/or cross breeze during a break midway through each rehearsal. Lyson wipe downs of high-contact areas will also continue.
This is our top ensemble. Singers must audition for this performance-oriented Choir, displaying a solid sense of pitch and good focus. In addition to that, we are looking for singers who take particular pride in performing at a high level—who view singing not only as a fun activity but also as a vehicle for personal achievement and growth. A wide variety of musical styles and genres are explored in this enriching program. This is a true mixed-age group, accepting qualified singers grades 3 through high school with treble-ranged voices, with limited special internship opportunities for exceptional high school students. Under normal circumstances, in addition to our self-produced events, the Concert Choir would take on the ECC’s highest-profile performances such as official City of Evanston events, major private events, or collaborations with other arts organizations like the Evanston Symphony and the North Shore Choral Society, as well as occasional outreach performances. Concert Choir members rehearse twice a week, and a typical number of performances would normally be 5-6 per semester.
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 4:15-5:45 and Thursdays, 4:15-5:15 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, Rm. 107
1st Winter/Spring Semester Rehearsal: Tuesday, January 11th, 2022
Members: Grades 3 through high school, by audition
Instructor: ECC Artistic Director Gary Geiger
Tuition: $440/semester. Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available.
Youth Chorale Pops
This is a mixed-age, mixed-level group for grades 1-8, with a contemporary/pop theme. No audition is required—sign up and sing! This is our group for young beginners, as well as for kids who are a little older but are not ready for—or may choose not to participate in—the Concert Choir. Material is adapted to suit the group as a whole, and individual members take on roles within the group appropriate for their ability levels. Older singers in Youth Chorale serve as section leaders and mentors for their younger counterparts. The focus of this group is on developing good vocal skills and habits, and experiencing the joy of singing. Youth Chorale typically performs at our Holiday Concert in December, at our March Fundraiser and at our Spring Concert in May, with other performances possibly being added as opportunities might arise.
Day/Time: Mondays, 4:15-5:15 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, Rm. 107 (Zoom participants will "piggyback" onto this streamed rehearsal)
1st Winter/Spring Semester Rehearsal: Monday, January 10th, 2022
Members: Grades 1-8, no audition required
Tuition: $225/semester. Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available.
Wilmette Pops Children’s Chorale
Wilmette Pops is BACK! This is a mixed-age, mixed-level group for grades 1-8, modeled after the ECC Youth Chorale and run in partnership with the Wilmette Park District. The focus of this group is on exploring music from pop and contemporary genres while using it as a vehicle for developing good vocal skills and habits, and simply experiencing the joy of singing. Material is adapted to suit the group as a whole, and individual members take on roles within the group appropriate for their ability levels. No audition is required—sign up and sing! Under normal circumstances the Wilmette Pops Children’s Chorale would perform in a Holiday and an end-of-school year concert in Wilmette, and possibly in conjunction with other opportunities as they might arise.
Day/Time: Fridays, 5:00-6:00 at the Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette, Rm. 106
1st Winter Session Rehearsal: Friday, January 7th, 2022
Last Winter Session Date: Friday, March 25th, 2022
Members: Grades 1-8, no audition required
Tuition: Please see the registration page of the Wilmette Park District.
NEW! Pope John XXIII School Choir
The ECC is excited to begin our new residency at Pope John XXIII School in Evanston, as we start a new choral program there!
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 2:15-2:55 and Fridays, 2:15-2:55 on the campus of Pope John XXIII School
1st Rehearsal: Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
Members: Grades 3-6
Tuition: N/A (for enrolled Pope John XXIII students only)