In an exciting new partnership with the University of Chicago Department of Music, the Chicago World Music Chorus moves to Hyde Park! 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 University of Chicago, our innovative one-Sunday-a-month, non-auditioned world music community choir is open to interested community members as well as students and staff of the University of Chicago, regardless of experience level or music reading ability.
Tuition for the season is $150, with a $100 self-chosen discount option. University of Chicago students may join the chorus at no cost.
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.
Our singers include university students, retirees, professional singers, choral directors, beginners, fluent sight-readers, and 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 six one-Sunday-a-month rehearsals that will culminate in a public performance on Sunday, April 14, 2019:
April 14, followed by a one-hour public concert starting at 5:30pm in Fulton Hall.
Each rehearsal will be from 1-4 pm, in Fulton Recital Hall on the U of C campus, on the fourth floor of Goodspeed Hall near the corner of 59th St. & S. Ellis Ave in Hyde Park.
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.
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.
"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."