Our History

Northwest Choral Society (NWCS) was formed in 1965 as a non-profit 501(c)(3).  NWCS believes music transforms our lives, develops creativity and musical expression, and unites all people into a community.  We draw upon singers from the greater Chicago area with the purpose of performing a diverse repertoire of the highest caliber for the joy, enrichment, and education of our memership and our audiences.

As a member of a group like NWCS, adult singers can enjoy the personal growth and satisfaction that comes from active participation in a high-level performing arts organization.  Our chorus members come from many walks of life and professions.

We are dedicated to quality performances.  Members benefit from professional instructions in good vocal technique (appropriate breath support, vowel formation and color, singing without vocal tension, and diction) as well as music instruction in score-reading skills and principles of musicianship.

NWCS has made a commitment to develop marketing tools, strategies and social media to become more visible in the greater Chicago area, which will increase membership and audiences.  The chorus plans to promote performances with other local music groups and have works commissioned for NWCS.

During each season, NWCS performs a variety of sacred, classical, and popular music under the leadership of our artistic director Alan Wellman and accompanied by our collaborative pianist Lori Lyn Mackie.  Ensembles of Chicago's finest professional instrumentalists, as well as renowned soloists, join us for most concerts.  If you are a tenor, bass, alto or soprano with previous choral experience, we invite you to join us.  We are not as large as some of the other choruses in the area, as you will not be lost in a sea of unfamiliar faces.  Instead, you will find us freindly, supportive and fun.

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