Elmhurst Choral Union is an auditioned volunteer choir, singing with a professional orchestra and soloists, performing classical masterworks and great choral music of all eras.
We perform two major concerts each year (early December and early Spring), and a mini-concert of opera and Broadway (late February). We also appear occasionally at Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra concerts and at special events in Elmhurst.
Our recent classical performances include Messiah (which we sing every other December), Bach B Minor Mass, Schubert Mass in A-Flat Major, Bach Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven Choral Fantasy and his Mass in C Major, Vivaldi Gloria, Handel Coronation Anthems, and the requiems of Mozart and Brahms.
Newer repertoire includes Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Gospel Mass of Robert Ray, and carol arrangements by John Rutter, Karl Jenkins, and Darmon Meader. We have performed American music from the colonial era through 21st-century jazz-influenced arrangements of Christmas music.
In appearances with the Elmhurst Symphony, we have sung Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Borodin's Polovtsian Dances, Orff's Carmina Burana, Mahler's Symphonies no. 2 and 3, the "chorus added" version of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, and Brahms' Naenie.
Our talented singers range from high school students to retirees. We perform and rehearse at Elmhurst
College, where we have been based since our founding in 1952.
Elmhurst College founded Elmhurst Choral Union in 1952. The college has continued its support by providing rehearsal and performance space. A portion of ECU's funding comes from the college music department, and we thank Elmhurst College for its long standing support.
Elmhurst Choral Union programs are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Additional funding is provided by the City of Elmhurst Community Grant Program.
Elmhurst Choral Union also receives assistance in the form of time and energy from many wonderful individuals. We would like to thank college president Dr. S. Alan Ray and numerous staff members for their help and support.
Thanks also to our Board of Directors, who have put in countless hours to improve our finances, promote concerts and manage logistical details.
ECU Board of Directors 2012-2013
- James MacDonald, Music Director
- Art Farrell, President
- Andrea Hubley, Vice President
- Dick Rediehs, Treasurer
- Margaret Novak, Secretary
- Wayne Koepke
- Susan Marcinek
- Ellen Smyth
- Gary Wilhelm