Chicago's Premier Choral Ensemble

Over 120 members, thrilling audiences since 1872.

Welcome to the Apollo Chorus of Chicago!

As one of the oldest musical organizations in the United States, Apollo Chorus has been thrilling audiences since 1872.

Its 120+ auditioned members, under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop, include men & women of all ages, races, creeds, and occupations brought together by their love of singing.

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Dear Friends and Supporters of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago,

During this unprecedented time in our modern world, the power of music helps lift our emotions and gives us hope.  The Apollo Chorus was founded in 1872, following the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.  As soon as possible, we will once again raise our voices to help sustain the hearts and spirits of Chicago's people.  As we look forward to coming back to make music together, please follow this link to enjoy the inspirational sounds of voices united in song.

You can also hear more of our music on SoundCloud.

Musically yours,

Stephen Alltop
Music Director and Conductor

 

Apollo Community,

Following the recommendations of state and local governments to slow the spread of COVID-19, we have regretfully chosen to cancel our May concerts. We feel it’s most important to do our part to protect the health and well-being of everyone in our community, as the pandemic appears to get worse every day. It’s the right decision, even though it feels like the worst one.

We remain optimistic that we will be able to perform White House Cantata at Ravinia on July 30th, and we still plan to hold our annual benefit, Apollo After Hours, at Mayne Stage on July 17th. We recognize these things may not happen; we certainly can’t promise anything, as circumstances keep changing. But we want to keep singing; and we want to keep our community together; so as soon as we are able, we’ll resume rehearsing and performing.

If you have purchased tickets to either concert (May 1st at 4th Presbyterian Church, May 3rd at First United Church of Oak Park), we will be in touch with you directly over the next day or two with options.

We know these are trying times for everyone. We also know how important this community is for everyone in it. Let’s be safe, let’s flatten the curve, and let’s get back to making music as soon as the emergency passes.

Thank you for your continued support.

Apollo Goes to the Movies

Apollo Community, Following the recommendations of state and local governments to slow the spread of COVID-19, we have regretfully chosen to cancel our May concerts. We feel it’s most important to do our part to protect the health and well-being of everyone in our community, as the pandemic appears to get worse every day. It’s…

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Apollo Goes to the Movies

Apollo Community, Following the recommendations of state and local governments to slow the spread of COVID-19, we have regretfully chosen to cancel our May concerts. We feel it’s most important to do our part to protect the health and well-being of everyone in our community, as the pandemic appears to get worse every day. It’s…

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Apollo After Hours 2020

APOLLO CHORUS’S ANNUAL BENEFIT The evening will feature food, three hours of open bar (wine, Revolution beer, and drinks featuring FEW Spirits), silent auction, and a cabaret-style performance by Chorus members. More info and tickets here. Friday, July 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago $95 in advance, $110 at…

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Seamlessly Blending Voices of All Ages, Races, & Creeds

The singers' dedication, artistry, and passion produce performances of unrivaled majesty. Apollo performs the masterworks of the choral repertoire in concert halls and cathedrals all over the Chicagoland area.

Performing Masterworks in Halls & Cathedrals Across Chicago

In recent years, the Chorus has performed Mendelssohn's Elijah, Bach's Mass in b minor, Orff's Carmina Burana, and Mozart's Requiem. Apollo's annual performances of Handel's complete Messiah have become a beloved holiday tradition for Chicago families.

Masterworks
"This 136th yearly production is more than a holiday tradition, it is a staple."

Chicago Critic, 2015

"The Apollo Chorus has been performing Handel's Messiah since 1879 and they have it nailed. "

Buzz News, 2015

"The “Pastoral Symphony” never sounded so tender or “The Trumpet Shall Sound” more triumphant."

Stage & Cinema, 2013

"Apollo made use of their power to fill a massive space without sacrificing nuance."

Chicago Critic Review, 2014

A Diverse, Uplifting Musical Experience

Dedicated, artistic, and passionate performances.