CBA Chorus

The Chicago Bar Association Chorus

For the 2017-2018 season, we welcome Stephen Blackwelder as our new Chorus Director. After the retirement of Chorus Director, Rebecca Patterson (“Becky”), the CBA Chorus made a search for a new choral director. Stephen Blackwelder was selected from three Chorus Director Candidates to direct us in the future as we continue our collaboration with the CBA Orchestra conducted by Maestro David Katz.

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. Chorus dues and music and sectional rehearsal accompanist fees for the season (September to May) are $125 per member, payable at the first rehearsal.  Licensed attorneys and law students must be members of the Chicago Bar Association.  Dues and fees for full-time students are $80.  Please make your checks payable to the Chicago Bar Association and remit to the accounts manager.

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 season concert schedule and repertoire is as follows with performances held at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, Wabash at Huron, Chicago.

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 7:30 pm

“Hiawatha in Chicago”

The Chorus and CBA Symphony Orchestra will perform Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s cantata, Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast. Visit the concert website here to learn more about the concert. Tickets are available here.


  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7:30 pm

“Double Debut”

The Chorus’ portion of the program will include Pachelbel’s Magnificat in D, Schubert’s Miriam’s Song of Triumph and Gwyneth Walker’s I Will Be Earth. Tickets are available here.


  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 7:30 pm

"Rossini’s Stabat Mater"

The Chorus will join the Orchestra in performing Rossini’s Stabat Mater, featuring the winners of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award as soloists. Tickets are available here.



Purchase tickets on line here
For more information about the 2017-2018 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)