Community Outreach

Like so many Americans, we are haunted and angered by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery—three of the latest of many lives that have been taken simply because of the color of their skin. These and other recent demonstrations of police violence, racism, and inequality in our country provide fresh evidence that we have a long road ahead to equality. We acknowledge the history of systematic injustice against black people that has existed in the United States for generations.

The Apollo Chorus of Chicago was founded in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire in an effort to restore civic pride and boost the morale of Chicagoans following incredible devastation. We stand in solidarity with artists and musicians everywhere to protest the tragic killing of George Floyd and so many black people.

These acts of racial and social injustice go against the very mission that Apollo seeks to achieve -- to be an organization that brings people from diverse communities in Chicago together by a mutual love of music and dedication to the cultural life of Chicago.

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.

We know there is no easy solution to these issues we have faced for centuries; however, we all are accountable for the state of our country, and it's our responsibility to acknowledge and address pervasive racism.

We will advocate for our Black colleagues, friends, and fellow citizens and devote our time, energy and resources to build a nation that's just for all -- where we all can pursue happiness, without fear, oppression, or unequal treatment.

It is our responsibility, as a community, to challenge the status quo to change a system that benefits people unequally. If we aren't changing a broken system, we're perpetuating it.

We ask everyone:

Pay attention.

Educate yourself and others.

Show your support for equality.

Take action.

In an effort to help raise awareness we have compiled a list of resources for you to explore in support of the fight against racial inequality and are encouraging our members to add to this list.  These resources are available for you to explore on the Community Resources page of our website.

Confronting racism will take more than any one donation, email, tweet or social media post – there is much work to do.  We hope you’ll join us in our efforts to bring our community and country out of ruin and to build momentum toward real and lasting change.

Apollo is Intricately Tied to Chicago's History

Due to our long-standing history in the city, we are passionate about giving back to the community that has supported us for so long. We make a distinctive effort to get involved with schools & educational institutions, along with initiating charitable attendance opportunities for underserved populations.

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We Give Back to the City By:

  • Making connections with various organizations, such as schools
  • Coordinating concert attendance opportunities and outreach concerts for underserved populations
  • Organizing and overseeing educational opportunities within the community

In the past, outreach has set up donation funds for students to attend concerts for free, performed at schools and hospitals, and offered educational student guides for concerts.  In the near future, we'll be offering pre-concert talks, small performances, and more!  If your organization is interested in finding out more about outreach or getting involved with Apollo, please contact the us at president@apollochorus.org.

Past Outreach Efforts

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Charitable Performances

Members of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago regularly perform at the Hines Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Center.  Veterans and staff members have also received donated tickets for concerts.

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METROSquash Involvement

Students and chaperones from METROSquash have attended our Messiah concert as well as our warm-up rehearsal and had the opportunity to talk with our conductor before the concert.

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Senior Support

Members of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago have provided vocal support for a Messiah Sing-Along held at Mather LifeWays Senior Residences for the past two years.

Past Season's Concert Student Guides

  • Fall Preview Student Guide - November 4, 2012
  • Messiah Student Guide - December 8 & 16, 2012
  • Choral Classics Concert - March 2, 2013
  • Fall Preview Student Guide - November 6, 2011
  • Messiah Student Guide - December 10 & 18, 2011
  • Choral Classics Student Guide - February 25 & 26, 2012
  • Cathedral Concert Student Guide - May 6 & 11, 2012

A Diverse, Uplifting Musical Experience

Dedicated, artistic, and passionate performances.