CBA Chorus

The Chicago Bar Association Chorus

After the retirement last year of our Chorus Director, Rebecca Patterson (“Becky”), the CBA Chorus made a search for a new choral director. For the 2016 – 2017 season, each of the three Chorus Director Candidates will direct the CBA Chorus for one concert. At the end of the season, we shall select one of the Chorus Director Candidates to direct us in the future as we continue our collaboration with the CBA Orchestra conducted by Maestro David Katz.

We shall ask the Chorus, Orchestra and Audience to give us input on each Chorus Director Candidate and intend to select one of the candidates at the end of the 2016 – 2017 season.

Our Three Chorus Director Candidates are: Stephen Blackwelder, Christopher Windle and Marek Rachelski. See more information about each on the Staff page and below.

Mission - The CBA Chorus Seeks to:

  • Promote and enhance the public's understanding and image of The Chicago Bar Association by sharing the musical excellence of its members.
  • Perform 3-4 concerts a year and provide choral music for CBA-sponsored events.
  • Attract new members to the CBA by offering opportunities for civic involvement and artistic expression.
  • Complement The Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra.
  • Promote civic service among CBA members.
  • Provide an opportunity for CBA members to exchange ideas and information through interaction in a social setting.
  • Offer a valuable service to CBA members in response to a known demand.

Join the CBA Chorus for a season of masterpieces rehearsed and performed under outstanding professional conductors. The chorus has openings in all sections. Rehearsals are held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at the CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Court. To join, contact Rebecca Burlingham at 312-814-3776 or at

No auditions are required. All our members have had previous choral experience and all new members should have vocal experience, preferably choral experience. There is a $75 annual membership fee and an additional music fee of approximately $25. Dues for students are $30. All members of the CBA are welcome to participate. If you are not already a CBA member, call 312-554-2133 for a membership application or join online. We accept all individuals working in the legal profession, so do not hestitate to contact us about joining the chorus if you are a paralegal, legal assistant or secretary.

Upcoming Events:
The CBA Chorus and Orchestra's 2016-2017 season will include:
All other concerts will be performed at the St. James Cathedral located at 65 E. Huron Street in Chicago.

  • November 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m. “Handel, Faure & Mahler”
    CBA Orchestra Conductor: David Katz and CBA Chorus Director Candidate: Stephen Blackwelder
    • Handel – Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest (Chorus and Orchestra)
    • Faure – Cantique de Jean Racine (Chorus and Orchestra)
    • Schubert – Stabat Mater (Chorus only)
    • Arr. Ringwald - Deep River (Chorus only)
    • Lewandowski – Psalm 150 (Chorus only)
    • Mahler – Symphony No. 1 (Orchestra only)


  • March 8, 2017, 7:30 p.m. “Mostly Mozart” - $15 tickets at the door or online                        CBA Orchestra Conductor: David Katz and CBA Chorus Director Candidate – Christopher Windle
    • Mozart – Clarinet Concerto (Orchestra only)
    • MacMillan – O Radiant Dawn (Chorus only)
    • Kirchner – Unclouded Day (Chorus only)
    • Mendelssohn – Verleih uns Frieden (Chorus only)
    • Mozart – Missa Brevis in D, K. 194 (Chorus and Orchestra)
      • Featuring winners of the America Price Chicago Oratorio Award


  • May 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m. “Tchaikovsky and Vaughn Williams” - $15 tickets at the door or online
    CBA Orchestra Conductor: David Katz and CBA Chorus Director Candidate – Marek Rachelski
    • Tchaikovsky – Praise Ye the Name of the Lord from the Vesper Service Op. 32 (Chorus only)
    • Alisa Bair - Angel Breathing Out (Chorus only)
    • Jane Marshall - Awake, My Heart (Chorus only)
    • Randall Thompson - The Last Words of David (Chorus only)
    • Jeffrey L. Ames - I Can Feel the Spirit (Chorus Only) 

All performances are at St. James Episcopal Cathedral at 65 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611 at 7:30 p.m.


Purchase tickets on line here
For more information about the 2016-2017 season, see the CBA Symphony Orchestra and Chorus blog

Related Files
Justice Stevens Thank You Letter
Carmina Burana Program Booklet June 2011
Something Wonderful Program (April 2015)
Chorus is Moving to a New Beat (Sept. 2016)