Chicago Bar Association Chorus



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 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.

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, music, and sectional rehearsal accompanist fees for the season (September to May) are $125 per member, payable at the first rehearsal. Licensed attorneys and students must be members of the CBA. Dues and fees for full-time students are $80. Please make you 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 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 Rebecca Burlingham. If you would like to purchase an ad in next season's program, please email Dale Nichols.

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

Thanks to our sponsors!


Upcoming Events:

Holiday Classics
Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and CBA Chorus 
Stephen Blackwelder and Michael Poulos, conductors 
Holiday classics and other festive music in a delightful one hour program perfect for the season.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
St. James Cathedral on Huron
Tickets $12 in advance and $20 at the door:
https://holidaysparkle.bpt.me

Wine Tasting
Come join the annual CBASO Wine Tasting! Sample wine, enjoy some small bites, and listen to wonderful music performed by small ensembles and soloists who play and sing with the CBA’s Orchestra and Chorus
February 8, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Stay tuned to for ticketing information.

Barristers Big Band Benefit Ball
The annual tradition continues – live music, dancing, food and free drinks!
April 26, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60604

"Ode to Joy" in Niles
Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and CBA Chorus, DePaul Community Chorus, Niles Metropolitan Chorus and Winners of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award
David Katz, Stephen Blackwelder and Marek Rachelski, Conductors 
Sunday, June 2, 2019, 3:00 p.m. 
St John Brebeuf, 8305 North Harlem Ave, Niles, IL 
-Overture 
-Robert Schumann Piano Concerto, mvt 1
-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Concerto, mvt 2
-Camille Saint-Saëns B minor Violin Concerto, mvt. 3
-Selections by the combined choruses 
-Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th, 4th mvt (“Ode to Joy")
https://odetojoyniles.bpt.me

“Ode to Joy” at Symphony Hall
Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and CBA Chorus, DePaul Community Chorus, Niles Metropolitan Chorus and Winners of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award
David Katz, Stephen Blackwelder and Marek Rachelski, Conductors
Saturday, June 22, 2019, 8:00 p.m. 
Symphony Center 
-Overture TBA
-Robert Schumann Piano Concerto, mvt 1
-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Concerto, mvt 2
-Camille Saint-Saëns B minor Violin Concerto, mvt. 3
-Selections by the combined choruses 
-Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th, 4th mvt (“Ode to Joy”)
Click to purchase tickets.