Music Director & Conductor
Stephen Alltop has built a career based on excellence in several disciplines, conducting both orchestral and choral ensembles, and performing as a keyboard artist. The 2020-2021 season marks his twenty-fourth year as Music Director of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. Mr. Alltop is the ninth music director in the 149-year history of the chorus. Under his direction, the Apollo Chorus has expanded its collaborations to include appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, Peninsula Music Festival, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. A specialist in oratorio performance, he has conducted over 100 oratorio and operatic masterworks. He also serves as music director for the Green Lake Choral Institute in Wisconsin and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, he was named Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras for his work with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra has received multiple awards for excellence in programming.
Cody Michael Bradley
Cody Michael Bradley is a versatile Chicago-based musician with experience as a singer, pianist, vocal coach, music director, and conductor. Currently on the voice faculty of Loyola University, he has previously worked at the College Light Opera Company (MA) and spent one season at Opera in the Ozarks (AR) as both singer and pianist. In 2016 he returned for his second season as a piano fellow at the Bay View Music Festival (MI), where he also conducted part of an opera scenes program. Recent regional credits include productions with Chicago Fringe Opera, Petite Opera Productions, and Thompson Street Opera. Cody works with numerous schools, churches, and community service groups as a pianist and serves as a vocalist and assistant conductor with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. Learn more at: http://www.codymichaelbradley.com
Associate Conductor Emeritus
David Bachmann, associate conductor emeritus, began his musical training at the age of five. He went on to earn his Bachelors Degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin and his Masters Degree in Choral Music Education from Northwestern University, where he served as a teaching assistant/conductor under Margaret Hillis and accompanist for the Northwestern University Concert Choir. He also received additional conducting training from Dr. William Estes, Dr. Kenneth Jennings and Dr. John Paynter.
David accompanied the Chorus for 45 years, retiring at the end of the 147th season in 2019.