If you are passionate about choral music and looking for a challenging, satisfying choral experience, we would love to hear from you!
Chicago Master Singers is a 90-voice choral ensemble featuring singers from Chicago and suburban communities. CMS has performed great choral masterworks in collaboration with professional soloists and orchestras since 1979. It is a volunteer chorus that works at and performs to professional standards.
CMS typically presents a three-concert season with two performances of each program in October, December, and April. Rehearsals are held every Monday evening in Palatine from mid-August through April. Additionally, rehearsals are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during concert weeks.
Each audition will include vocalization, pitch memory, sight reading, and a carefully prepared choral excerpt from Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus.
Singers interested in a solo opportunity at our Christmas concert must present an art song at a second audition.
Rehearsals, Concerts, and Cost
CMS rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Countryside Unitarian Church, 1025 N Smith Street, Palatine, IL. The chorus also rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday evenings of concert weeks.
Concerts during the 2022-23 season will be held on October 29 & 30, December 10 & 11, and April 29 & 30 at Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St, Glenview, IL. All performances and concert week rehearsals are mandatory.
Membership dues are $120 per year and members purchase their own copies of the music.
At Chicago Master Singers, the safety and well-being of our singers and patrons are always our first priority. As the pandemic evolves, we will continue to follow at minimum the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, and will work in coordination with our local partners at the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services. Please note the follow items from our COVID-19 policy:
We require all CMS members, soloists, and instrumentalists to be fully vaccinated, including booster shot(s).
If you are symptomatic or in quarantine, stay home until the end of the quarantine or isolation period.
Wear a mask over your mouth and nose at all times for the entirety of every rehearsal and performance.
If you choose to sing with Chicago Master Singers, please know that you are also choosing to abide by our COVID-19 policy,