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 circumstances surrounding COVID-19.  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:

We are currently continuing with in-person rehearsals, and have been performing live and in person again since late spring, 2022 with no outbreaks.  Masks are currently optional, and vaccination is not required.  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 Winter/Spring Semester Rehearsal:  Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

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 Winter/Spring Semester Rehearsal:  Monday, January 9th, 2023

Members:  Grades 1-8, no audition required

Instructor:  ECC Associate Director Dr. Sarah Bartolome

Tuition:  $245/semester.  Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available.

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

Members:  Grades 3-6

Instructor:  ECC Artistic Director Gary Geiger

Tuition:  N/A (for enrolled Pope John XXIII students only)

The ECC is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.