Chicago's Premier Choral Ensemble

Join us as we celebrate our 150th Season

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.

2021 -2022 Season Events & Concerts

We Will Rise

Join the Apollo Chorus of Chicago in collaboration with the Chicago History Museum as we celebrate the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, which led to the founding of your very own Apollo Chorus.  The program will include works celebrating Chicago’s rich history — including music by Chicago composers, poets and famous pieces featuring our…

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Free Fall Preview

The Apollo Chorus’s free Fall Preview Concert offers a wide variety of music drawn from the exciting programs of our 150th anniversary season. Come hear thrilling and strong choruses from Händel’s Messiah, Bach’s St John Passion, and other musical gems.

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Händel’s Messiah

One of Chicago’s greatest holiday traditions, audiences flock to hear the thrilling renditions of Händel’s Messiah by the Apollo Chorus. This year we’re proud to announce a quartet of internationally-acclaimed soloists, including soprano Nicole Cabell, mezzo-soprano Julie Miller Decker, tenor Stephen Soph, and bass-baritone David Govertsen.

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Händel’s Messiah

One of Chicago’s greatest holiday traditions, audiences flock to hear the thrilling renditions of Händel’s Messiah by the Apollo Chorus. This year we’re proud to announce a quartet of internationally-acclaimed soloists, including soprano Nicole Cabell, mezzo-soprano Julie Miller Decker, tenor Stephen Soph, and bass-baritone David Govertsen.

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American Choral Directors Association Midwestern Conference

The Apollo Chorus will be featured during the American Choral Directors Association Midwestern Conference in Chicago.

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St. John’s Passion

The Passion According to St John is one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s highest achievements. The choruses, arias, recitative, and beloved chorales of this masterwork tell the story of Jesus’s arrest, suffering, and death with incomparable drama and beauty.

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St. John’s Passion

The Passion According to St John is one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s highest achievements. The choruses, arias, recitative, and beloved chorales of this masterwork tell the story of Jesus’s arrest, suffering, and death with incomparable drama and beauty.

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Music from Stage to Screen

Join the Apollo Chorus of Chicago at the Big Foot Concert Series in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for “Music from Stage to Screen”.  The exact time of this concert is still to be determined, so be sure to check back for more details!

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150th Anniversary Celebration & Black Tie Gala

Apollo continues its 150th anniversary celebration with an event you will not want to miss.  Join the Apollo Chorus and its members for a gala for the ages!

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Join us in our efforts

Since 1872 the Apollo Chorus of Chicago has continued to strive to create an inclusive community. It will not stand for the unequal treatment of people of color in our organization, in our communities, or our country.

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

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.

"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.