Our Choirs

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 Spring 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.  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:

After our usual summer hiatus, we expect to continue with in-person rehearsals and performances this Fall Semester 2022.  Masks may or may not be required for Concert Choir and Youth Chorale Pops, depending on the state of things.  We will continue running our dual medical grade HEPA filters during rehearsals, airing out the room during mid-rehearsal breaks, and wiping down high-contact areas with Lysol as deemed necessary.

Concert Choir:

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.  In addition to our self-produced events, the Concert Choir takes 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 is 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 Fall Semester Rehearsal:  Tuesday, September 6th, 2022
Members:  Grades 3 through high school, by audition
Instructor:  ECC Artistic Director Gary Geiger
Tuition:  $475/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
1st Fall Semester Rehearsal:  Monday, September 12th, 2022
Members:  Grades 1-8, no audition required
Instructor:  ECC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tuition:  $245/semester.  Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available.
 

Wilmette Pops Children’s Chorale

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!  The Wilmette Pops Children’s Chorale will present both a Holiday and end-of-school year performance, either in conjunction with other ECC Choirs or independently at the community center in Wilmette, and possibly take advantage of other opportunities as they might arise. 

Day/Time:   Wednesdays (exact tie TBD) at the Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette, Rm. 106
1st Fall Semester Rehearsal:   September, 2022 (date & time TBD)
Last Fall Semester Date:   (TBD)
Members:  Grades 1-8, no audition required
Instructor:  ECC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wilmette Park District Contact:  Stacia Soeldner, (847) 920-3927, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tuition:   Please see the registration page of the Wilmette Park District.

Pope John XXIII School Choir

The ECC is excited to continue our residency at Pope John XXIII School in Evanston for the 2022-2023 school year!

Days/Times:   Wednesdays, 2:15-2:55 and Thursdays, 2:15-2:55 on the campus of Pope John XXIII School
1st Rehearsal:  TBA
Members:  Grades 3-6
Instructor:  ECC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tuition:  N/A (for enrolled Pope John XXIII students only)