About Chicago a cappella

Mission:  Chicago a cappella advances the art and appreciation of ensemble singing.

An ensemble of professional singers founded in 1993, Chicago a cappella presents an annual Chicago-area subscription series, creates studio recordings as well as live and broadcast-media musical content, produces educational outreach programming, and gives performances on tour and in special engagements. Long recognized for vocal virtuosity and innovative programming, the ensemble enjoys a reputation as a leader in the choral field.

With more than 350 performances to its credit, Chicago a cappella has produced more than 200 concerts on its Chicago-based series. On tour, the group has appeared in 13 American states and in Mexico.  The ensemble has been heard frequently on WFMT radio and through broadcasts distributed by American Public Media, including the nationally-syndicated Performance Today. The ensemble has produced nine CD recordings of music ranging from Renaissance masses to contemporary works.

Chicago a cappella Board of DirectorsChicago a cappella is also active in educational and community engagement.  The ensemble produces an annual Youth Choral Festival for young singers from the Chicago area, and ¡Cantaré!, a unique cross-cultural program designed to bring the talents of composers from Mexico directly into Chicago classrooms and the concert hall through residencies in schools and an annual free community concert.

From its inception, Chicago a cappella has been a champion of living composers. Since 1993 the group has presented more than 100 works in their world, national, or local premiere. Chicago a cappella has commissioned new music from composers including Joseph Jennings, Chen Yi, Stacy Garrop, Patrick Zimmerli, Rollo Dilworth, Tania León, and Ezequiel Viñao.


Organizational History

Founding Artistic Director Jonathan Miller created Chicago a cappella in 1993, and he served as the group’s low bass and directed rehearsals for the first 14 seasons. Beginning in 2007 Miller focused his efforts on artistic oversight and programming, with Patrick Sinozich serving as Music Director from 2007 to 2011, and guest music directors preparing concerts starting in 2012. In 2019, Chicago a cappella appointed John William Trotter, who had served as Principal Guest Music Director, to be Miller’s successor as the organization’s second Artistic Director beginning in 2020. Matthew Greenberg, a founding singer in the ensemble, joined the administrative staff in 1995 and has led the organization as Chicago a cappella’s Executive Director since then. Chicago a cappella’s audiences and activity have grown ever since its founding, and the group presents a series of concert programs each year in Chicago, Evanston, Naperville, and Oak Park, IL, performing with an ensemble of ten singers.  The group's administrative offices are at the historic Athenaeum Theatre building in Chicago.