The Chicago Bar Association
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
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 Christopher Owen. 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
Complement The Chicago Bar Association
Promote civic service among CBA
Provide an opportunity for CBA members to
exchange ideas and information through interaction in a social
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The CBA Chorus and Orchestra's 2016-2017 season will include:
September 16, 2016, “A Chamber
Ensembles from the CBA Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will present a
chamber concert at the Cliff Dwellers Club. This concert features a
program of instrumental and vocal selections.
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:
- Handel – Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest (Chorus
- Faure – Cantique de Jean Racine (Chorus and
- Schubert – Stabat Mater (Chorus
- Arr. Ringwald - Deep River (Chorus only)
- Lewandowski – Psalm 150 (Chorus
- Mahler – Symphony No. 1 (Orchestra
May 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
“Tchaikovsky and Vaughn Williams”
CBA Orchestra Conductor: David Katz and CBA Chorus Director Candidate
– Christopher Owen
- Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 in F minor (Orchestra
- Byrd – If Ye Love Me (Chorus only)
- Convery – The Closed Town from Songs of Children
- Hampton – Praise His Holy Name (Chorus
- Lennox – 1000 Beautiful Things (Chorus
- Williams – Benedicite (Chorus and
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
Justice Stevens Thank You Letter
Carmina Burana Program Booklet June 2011
Something Wonderful Program (April 2015)
Something Wonderful CBA Record Article