Elgin Children’s Chorus and Elgin Master Chorale:
Combining Our Future

We're so excited to announce that the beloved and renowned Elgin Children's Chorus is going to become the Elgin Master Chorale Children's Chorus! The Elgin Children’s Chorus, founded in 1982, has long been a staple of the arts in Elgin, and a mainstay of musical opportunity for youth in the Fox Valley area. With the retirement of Music Director and Founder Jay Kellner this spring, the Children’s Chorus was set to cease operations in summer 2016. On Saturday, June 25, a final concert and alumni reunion was held at Elgin’s First United Methodist Church. Along with farewells and performances of beloved Children’s Chorus pieces, Board and staff members of the Elgin Master Chorale made a special announcement. The Elgin Master Chorale is planning to fold the Elgin Children’s Chorus into its own operations starting in fall 2016, providing funds and staff needed for the organization to continue. Jay Kellner announced, though he is retiring from the post, he whole heartedly supports this new beginning. Registration forms were given out at the event, and well as donations accepted to supplement the effort.

We are eager for this new chapter to begin! Of course, efforts like this take funds and support from the community. We are counting on our patrons and supporters joining with us in this project. Let's keep our kids singing! Registration inquiries and all questions can be directed to Elizabeth Niemeier at info@elginmasterchorale.org. More info to come soon!

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News and Announcements

EMC Finale in The Elgin Review

Thank you to Jeffrey Pierce of Elgin for such a fantastic review of our season finale concert, Spring Stirrings! Read his review of our 2015-16 Season Finale, performed on April 17, and stay tuned for our plans for 2016-17!

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"Their voices traced ornate melodies over long vowels like the arcs of water in a Venetian fountain, and blended beautifully a due with excellent timing and intonation. The chorus surrounded them like an April force of nature: at times stormy or serene, dark or heavenly radiant."

"And this ensemble in particular represents the ever rising quality of amateur artists in the area, who join together with professionals in significant performances like these to create a record of excellence that continues to redefine Elgin as an important center for the arts."