Artistic Leadership


Stephen Alltop

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

Assistant Conductor

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.

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James Chang

Assistant to the Music Director

James Chang is an American conductor and musician of Chinese descent. 
He is currently an assistant conductor of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, where he also plays viola.
James has led performances with the Florida State University Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestras, the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and Brass Ensemble, the Northwestern Summer Chorus, the 5th Wave Collective Orchestra, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and several ad hoc orchestras and ensembles.
Enthusiastic about music outside of the standard orchestral repertoire, James has premiered works by Roydon Tse, Aaron Spotts, Justin Giarrusso, Bryan Lin, among others. James is an active pianist and violinist around the Chicago area.
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James Chang

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