The Joe Dowdell Memorial Endowment

Creating a Lasting Legacy for the Elgin Master Chorale

**To Donate, Click Here**

All of us at the Elgin Master Chorale are incredibly excited to announce our first Endowment, created to honor longtime EMC member Joe Dowdell. True to Joe's love of our choir. this fund will provide an annual resource to support artistic operations of the Elgin Master Chorale. A member of EMC for decades, Joe was energetic and charismatic, and had a true passion for singing and the Elgin Master Chorale. His wife, JoAnne, has been his longtime partner in singing and in life, and she created this Endowment along with the leaders of EMC to ensure the Joe's legacy lives on forever.

Throughout our 2018-19 season, we have gone to key supporters, EMC Board members, and EMC singers seeking to build a foundation. We have been overwhelmed and grateful for the response we've received. Our silent phase reached $61,000, and we are ready to close the gap of the remaining $4,000 with your help!

To donate, click here and become part of this man's amazing legacy through this Fund. You can also make a check out to the Joe Dowdell Memorial Endowment and mail it to the address below. Thank you for your gift, and for helping the music go on in honor of our friend, Joe.

Checks mailed to:
Elgin Master Chorale
1700 Spartan Dr
Elgin, IL 60123

Our Goal: $65,000

Current Total: $61,000

Gap we need YOUR help to fill: $4,000

2018-19: Radiance and Reflection


Dixit Dominus

George Frideric Handel

Sunday, April 14
3:30 p.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College

With the Bella Voce Sinfonia
Featuring the EMC Children's Chorus

Handel’s triumphant masterpiece “Dixit Dominus” brings the 2018-19 season to a close. This performance will feature the Bella Voce Sinfonia, an ensemble which specializes in bringing the most historically accurate Baroque performances possible to the stage. Experience a concert with vocally acrobatic singing and join us in this celebration of true virtuosic musicality.

Tickets: click here or call 847 622 0300

News and Announcements

Between Worlds: Elgin Master Chorale and Durufle’s Requiem

The Elgin Master Chorale, conducted by Music Director Andrew Lewis, concluded its 71st season with a performance of the "Requiem" composed by Maurice Duruflé, on Sunday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College.

From the Elgin Review:

"Ancient sacred Gregorian chants supplied the modal palette that gives this music its ethereal quality, avoiding the usual emotional interpretations of major or minor keys. The orchestra, augmented by organist David Schrader, produced sounds and textures that defied explanation at times, adding to the experience of being between worlds.

The power of more than one hundred voices was restrained and reverent throughout most of the Mass, but the full-throated delivery of "Hosanna in excelsis" ("Hosanna in the highest") or "judicare saeculum per ignem" ("to judge the world by fire") moved one's spirit in quite a different way."


Click here to read the full review of the concert by Jeffrey R. Pierce