January Open Rehearsal

Announcing an Open Rehearsal Jan 16!


Looking for a way to meet new people and enjoy fantastic music? Join the Elgin Master Chorale for our Open Rehearsal! Call 847 214 7954 or email

info@elginmasterchorale.org for more information -- no RSVP needed!




Tuesday, January 16, 2018

7:00-7:45 p.m.

Elgin Community College, Arts Center (Building H)

1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin

Refreshments to follow - No RSVP Needed!

Join the Elgin Master Chorale for a No-Stress Open Rehearsal on Tuesday, January 16. Come to experience the joy of singing with the area’s premier large chorus as we rehearse masterworks  like Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart’s Requiem. You’ll learn more about the Chorale and, if you decide to join us, you can sign up for a quick and easy audition later in January.

We have plenty of wonderful music ahead of us yet this season, and we'd love to have your voice among us! Go to Elgin Community College's Arts Center, Building H. There will be signs and greeters to guide you to our rehearsal. See you then!

2017-18: Music of the Soul

In its 71st season, Elgin Master Chorale (EMC) explores the powerful connection between music and the human soul. EMC opens its season with Bach’s Magnificat and Ein feste burg (in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation). In February, EMC celebrates legendary composer Leonard Bernstein by bringing his life and music to the concert stage.  A performance of Durufle’s beautiful, ethereal Requiem will close the season. The EMC Children’s Chorus will also be featured on the November and April concerts. Learn more about the Children's Chorus at emcchildrenschorus.org.

Educational Connections: The Life and Music of Leonard Bernstein

Free to school and senior groups
Friday, Feb 2 at 10 a.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin community College
Tickets available here or by calling 847 622 0300.
Please call 847 214 7954 for information on complimentary tickets for school and senior groups.

Delve into the amazing life of composer, pianist, conductor, and all-around legendary musician Leonard Bernstein. Celebrating his 100th anniversary, this event will feature music written by Bernstein, as well as an engaging MC and soloists who will bring this man's amazing legacy to life. We join forces with our MC and Jeff Award winner Tom Vendafreddo to create an unforgettable event!

Vivaldi's Gloria and Mozart's Requiem

Presented by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Feb 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin
Tickets available here or by calling 847 888 4000

Experience elation and anguish, the bittersweet dichotomy of life, with this program that holds Vivaldi’s joyous Gloria and the transcendent masterwork, Mozart’s Requiem, as we appear on Elgin Symphony Orchestra's February program.



Majestic Bruckner

Presented by Chamber Music on the Fox
Monday, Feb 26 at 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church of Elgin
Tickets available here or by calling 224 276 8881

The beauty of brass, the majesty of organ, and the dynamism of the human voice. In a special collaboration with Chamber Music on the Fox, we’ll present Anton Bruckner’s powerful “Trombone Mass,” preceded by music that spotlights the beautiful organ of First United Methodist Church. Enjoy the grandeur of this music within the intimacy of a chamber music setting!​

Durufle's Requiem


Sunday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College
Tickets available here or by calling 847 622 0300

The Elgin Master Chorale’s 71st  season closes with the beautiful and ethereal Duruflé Requiem. This masterwork of 20th century music uplifts the spirit as it provides a transforming experience for each listener. It is undoubtedly one of the most moving and personal settings of the Requiem mass, having been composed in memory of Duruflé’s own father. The Children’s Chorus will also sing on this program, performing songs celebrating the beauty and power of music.

News and Announcements

Brahms Requiem Review

From the Elgin Review: "In the Arts, the difference between amateur and professional can be hard to define. It's not necessarily a matter of excellence or even whether a fee is involved. The willingness of Elgin artists to work together under all sorts of arrangements, regardless of their status, means audiences can experience the finest theatre, music, visual and literary arts in a local venue for relatively little cost. Always among the best examples is this pairing of the Elgin Master Chorale and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, whose concerts are not just amazing in their audacity of scale but also highly successful as art."

Read the full review here!