Chicago Bar Association Chorus



The CBA Symphony and Chorus Return!

First rehearsal: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Openings in many sections for new members.
Email for details!
Chorus: Sean Hoffman
Orchestra: Emily Fishman

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 Chorus:

Join the CBA Chorus for a season of masterpieces rehearsed and performed under outstanding professional conductors. The chorus generally has openings in all sections, but it sometimes is necessary to move singers into other sections to obtain the proper balance.  Rehearsals are held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at the CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Court, and occasionally at the Daley Center.  To join, contact Jennifer Widmer at jennifer.widmer@sbcglobal.net or Sean Hoffman at seanmichaelhoffman@gmail.com.

No auditions are required. All our members have had previous choral experience and all new members should have vocal experience, preferably choral experience. The chorus fee, which includes music and sectional rehearsal accompanist fees for the season (September to May), is $125 per member, payable at the first rehearsal. The chorus fee for full-time students is $50. Please make your checks payable to The Chicago Bar Association and remit to the CBA Chorus co-chairs. We accept all individuals working in the legal profession, so do not hesitate to contact us about joining the chorus if you are a paralegal, legal assistant or secretary.

Support the Chorus:

The Chorus is grateful for any and all support from firms and individuals! If you would like to make a financial or in-kind contribution to the CBA Chorus, please email Bill Nichols at wnichols@lanermuchin.com. If you would like to purchase an ad or patron listing in next season's program, please email Dale Nichols at nichols-dale@comcast.net.  

Special thanks to our concert location sponsor, St. James Cathedral. Click here for information on the St. James Cathedral Music Program.




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From CARMINA BURANA. David Katz conducting the CBASO, CBA Chorus, Guest Choirs and Soloists


From "SOMETHING WONDERFUL," with the CBASO, CBA Chorus, Guest Choirs and Soloists


From "SOMETHING WONDERFUL," with the CBASO, CBA Chorus, Guest Choirs and Soloists


The HALLELUJAH CHORUS (from "ODE to JOY"): new arrangement by Jamie Whitmarsh with the CBASO, CBA Chorus, Guest Choirs and Soloists

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A MOZART RENEWAL Spring 2022
David Katz, Stephen Blackwelder, Marek Rachelski, Conductors
-Impresario Overture
-Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola & Orchestra (Pat Bronte and Adrienne Kitchen, soloists)
-Te Deum in C
-Kyrie
-Ave Verum
-Final chorus from The Magic Flute
-Magic Flute Overture


St James Cathedral (Wabash at Huron)
DRESS: Friday, May 6, 2022 at 6 p.m.
CONCERT: Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.


St John Brebeuf (Niles, IL)
DRESS: Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. (touch-up rehearsal)
CONCERT: Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 3 p.m.


When not at Symphony Center or Daley Plaza, the CBA Symphony and CBA Chorus performance home is St. James Episcopal Cathedral at Wabash and Huron in Chicago. 2022-23 concert highlights include “A Mozart Renewal” on May 7, 2022, “Sublime” in fall 2022, highlighted by performances of the Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 and Beethoven’s Mass in C, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and the Mozart Requiem to round out the season.