"Thanks for a wonderful afternoon and concert experience yesterday.  My husband and three kids, and three other friends who came all really loved it and appreciated the opportunity to share in such special, unique music and energy.  One friend wrote 'OK, I LOVED that. It was soul gripping...I'm inspired to join!'"

"Thank you, thank you, thank you, Patty and Mollie! The concert was wonderful, the recording sounds amazing, and the CWMC is one of my great joys in life."

Because rehearsals are just one Sunday each month, the World Music Chorus is a great option for amateur and professional singers looking for an opportunity to experiment with new choral genres and repertoire, but who don't have a lot of free time to commit to rehearsals.

Become a member of the Chicago World Music Chorus

Led by the dynamic team of Patty Cuyler (co-director of Village Harmony) & Mollie Stone (conductor at University of Chicago and the Chicago Children's Choir) in partnership with the Second Unitarian Church of Lakeview, our innovative non-auditioned world music community choir is open to all Chicago-area adult and teen singers, regardless of experience level or music reading ability.

We perform authentic, challenging choral music from across the globe, vital and honest music chosen from among the world’s most powerful harmony singing traditions and in diverse languages. Our repertoire this year will include songs from South Africa, the Republic of Georgia, Corsica, Bulgaria, Scandinavia, Latin America, the United States and western Europe.

In each of our first four years we had over 50 singers coming from around the city, from the suburbs and from as far away as Urbana-Champaign and Indianapolis. Our singers include college & university students, teens, retirees, professional singers, choral directors and beginners, fluent sight-readers, singers who only learn by ear. 

Our basic requirement is that would-be members be committed to making good music—and be willing to go for it when confronted with what may be drastically-new musical genres and singing styles.

This year our season will be include a series of eight once-a-month rehearsals that will culminate in a public performance on Sunday, April 22, 2018:

October 15
November 19
December 17
January 28
February 18
March 25
April 22, followed by a one-hour public concert starting at 5:30pm in the sanctuary.

Each rehearsal will be from 1-4 pm, at the Second Unitarian Church in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, located at 656 W. Barry Ave.

You don't need to sightread music fluently or have a lot of prior singing experience (although both of those attributes are welcome) to join. You do need to be able to match pitch, comfortably hold your own part when singing in harmony, and have a can-do attitude when confronted with unfamiliar languages and singing styles.

Music is handed out for some repertoire, as appropriate; but many songs are taught by ear. Everything is taught by example, with emphasis placed on authenticity and on replicating the spirit of each musical genres.

The Chicago World Music Chorus

1. Marlborough (Abraham Wood, 1793)

2. Brolis qelsa (introduction)

3. Brolis qelsa (Imereti, Georgia)

4. Bat'onebis nanina (Samegrelo, Georgia)

5. Kvertsili (Svaneti, Georgia)

6. Stabat mater (Corsica)

7. E muntagne d'Orezza (Corsica)

8. Tourdion (introduction)

9. Tourdion (France, 1530)

10. Letila zozulya (introduction)

11. Letila zozulya (Ukraine)

12. Millbrook (Neely Bruce, 1989)

13. Titles (Appalachian-style folk hymn)

14. Tebe poem (Bulgarian orthodox)

15. Ovdovjala lisichkata (Bulgarian folk)

16. Amayeza (South Africa)

17. Sibenje ngoMaria (South Africa)

From our May '15 end-of-year concert: