20-21 Virtual Subscription: Frequently Asked Questions

Sep 1, 2020

Why have you chosen to cancel concerts for the year?

While we are deeply disappointed, we do not want to do anything that risks the safety of our singers, audience members, or staff.  Although masks and other safety precautions may reduce the risk, the barriers to creating a completely safe space for concerts at this time are simply too high.  The very nature of our art – singing together – is one of the riskiest endeavors right now.  Of course, we continue to look for creative solutions, and we are hopeful for scientific progress sooner rather than later.  If we discover a way to present a safe in-person event during the 2020-21 season, our Virtual Subscribers will have free tickets guaranteed!

Can I transfer my 20-21 subscription to the 21-22 season?

No, subscriptions for the 21-22 season will not be available until later in 2021.  With the future so full of uncertainty, concert dates and venues unclear, and the long timeline involved, we have decided to offer a virtual subscription – or refund or donation options – instead of a “credit” or transfer option. 

How will I gain access to the online content? Will I receive tickets?

No tickets!  We will send you an email for each new piece of programming as it becomes available.  So, for each new monthly video, each podcast episode, each concert video, etc., you will receive a separate email telling you something new is available for you.  The email will include a special link to access the program.

What technology/software will be needed to access the online content?

Whatever device(s) you already use to access the internet will give you access to our programs.  The special links we provide you in your programming emails will take you directly to the website or other online portal at which you can enjoy the content.  (A good speaker or earphones/earbuds is a nice extra, so you can enjoy the music fully.)  To participate in our Listening Club you may need to download Zoom (we’ll provide instructions), and you will also want to have a camera and microphone so that you can join the conversation, either via a desktop or laptop computer or a smart phone.

What will happen to my guest vouchers for 20-21?

Unfortunately, we don’t have a way for you to share these programs with non-subscribers during this most unusual season.  While we always appreciate you bringing friends to our live concerts, your 2020-21 guest vouchers simply won’t be usable.  We will, however, be providing some additional content – including some new videos – for the general public.  Subscribers will get exclusive first access to this content, and we hope you may want to share that with your friends!

Can I purchase online programs individually?

If you’d rather not subscribe to the entire season, several of this year’s programs will be available on an individual ticket basis.  Our podcast series, Bridging the Gap, as well as our Listening Club sessions and educational webinars will all be available for individual purchase.  

Can I apply my account credit from last season to the Virtual Subscription? 

Yes!  If you received an account credit from April 2020 (“Swing, Swing, Swing”), you may use that toward a Virtual Subscription for 20-21.  Prior to your purchase, simply email Sara Badger with the request at, so she can make sure you are charged correctly.

Statement from Chicago a cappella

Jun 29, 2020

Amid our anger and frustration about continuing violence against Black people and our country’s long history of racial inequity, we at Chicago a cappella understand that it is our responsibility to do everything we can to combat racism. The challenge we face as a society calls for action and accountability, rather than simply good intentions. To that end, our Board of Directors has articulated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a primary organizational goal.  As we embark on this journey toward justice, we pledge to listen to a broad array of voices, approaching the work with humility and open minds. Over the coming months, we will devise a concrete plan of action that will articulate how we will work to advance toward these ideals in our organization and in the wider community. We will be sharing these plans with you, and we invite you—the loyal audience who has fostered our growth through 27 seasons—to share your perspectives on how we can further this mission.

-Chicago a cappella's Board of Directors

Chicago a cappella Board of Directors

“Polish Splendor” bonus tracks

Jun 12, 2020

Two additional songs included in our 2019 concert "Polish Splendor" were not included on the WFMT broadcast.  Enjoy these two live concert recordings below [clicking on the title will launch a new window to play the mp3 files].

1.  "Czerwone jabłuszko," arranged by Jacek Sykulski

The song "Czerwone jabłuszko" is based on a traditional kujawiak dance tune, which is a genre of tunes in 3/4 time from the Kujawy region. The kujawiak usually has a lyrical melody, not too fast, which is danced

with knees slightly bent.  The tune feels very old and probably is. The text is so well suited to the tune that it also feels old, but this is where we get a surprise. The text dates only from the time of World War II. The tune was being played by street musicians in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation, and it was used as a song of warning to alert people in the underground to the presence of spies, collaborators, and “ladies of light morals” who would deal sympathetically with the Germans.  The prolific composer and arranger Jacek Sykulski is the director of the Poznan Boys’ Choir, a well-known ensemble that tours internationally and has a strong reputation for musical excellence. Sykulski has  arranged everything from folk songs to pop tunes, and Chicago a cappella has done several of his works over the past 15 years or so. He has a strong and eclectic stamp to his music, and once he gets onto a musical idea, he pursues it with drive and intensity; one might think of Finland’s Jaakko Mäntyjärvi for a contemporary composer of similar individuality.  The combination of Sykulski’s intensity and the lyrical folk tune give a somewhat dark cast to the experience of the song. The tune migrates among various voice parts; the key changes from time to time; and the frenzied buildup at the end makes one feel that one is whirling in an intense kujawiak rhythm.

2. "Ach, Śpij Kochanie," by Henryk Wars and Ludwik Starski, arranged by Włodzimierz Sołtysik

This popular Polish lullaby was written in 1938 and first performed in the 1938 movie Paweł i Gaweł.  It served as the encore in our February 2019 concert Polish Splendor.

Raffle rules

Apr 9, 2020

Official Raffle Rules

Winners need not be present. For each raffle donation of $10 you receive one entry. For a $25 donation, you receive three entries. To enter by mail, send check payable to "Chicago a cappella" to Chicago a cappella. 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60657.  Your ticket will be entered into the drawing upon receipt of donation. 

Winners will be selected at a random drawing on Oct. 3, 2020, from all eligible entries received by the deadline of Oct. 2, 2020. Not responsible for lost, late, illegible, mis-delivered or misdirected raffle entries. Decisions of judges are final. Winners will be notified by telephone or email. Approximate odds of winning are dependent on the number of entries received. No portion of the raffle ticket purchase is tax-deductible. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. No substitution or transfer of prize permitted. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. All federal, state and local laws apply.  Chicago a cappella is not responsible for airline or hotel cancellations or travel restrictions that may prevent the usage of this prize. 

No purchase/donation necessary. To enter without making a donation, on a plain piece of 3" x 5" paper, print your name, address, telephone number, and the words, "Chicago a cappella Cabaret 2020 raffle." Mail your entry to the address listed below.  Donation to Chicago a cappella does not improve chances of winning.

Raffle sponsored by Chicago a cappella, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL, 60657, (773) 281-7820.

Options for ticketholders to “Swing, Swing, Swing’ [CANCELLED]

Mar 18, 2020

  1. We hope you will consider donating the cost of your tickets towards the support of our singers and our entire organization during this unprecedented shutdown. Your support at this difficult time will help ensure we can continue bringing you music in the future and will mitigate the economic impact for those most affected by the cancellation. To receive an acknowledgment of your tax-deductible donation, please contact us via email at or call (773) 281-7820 x1.
  2. You may instead request a credit to use toward a 2020-21 subscription or ticket purchase for a regular subscription series concert. To request a credit, contact us via email at or call (773) 281-7820 x1.  We request that you notify us of this request no later than April 30, 2020.
  3. Finally, refund requests will be honored through April 30, 2020. To request a refund, contact us via email at or call (773) 281-7820 x1.  Your request should include your name (the name used for the original order), mailing address, and your “Swing” concert date/location.  Refunds will be made according to your original payment method (credit card or check). For credit card refunds, please allow up to a week for your order to be processed.  For check refunds, please allow three weeks to receive a check by mail. Please note that our phone line will be monitored remotely, so while you may not be able to speak to someone right away, we will acknowledge your message and be in touch if further information is needed.

We are also deeply grateful for your financial support through a tax-deductible donation.  Although we have cancelled all events through the end of our season, we are committed to providing compensation to our singers and directors, and the loss of ticket income means your donations are more important than ever.  Thank you for your support.

Fiesta Coral Mexicana Playlist

Jul 30, 2019

Xtoles (L'ay yum K'in)   arr. Jorge Cózatl
Exsultate Justi in Domino audio sample Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla
Jucheti Consuelito    arr. Jóse Galván
Dic nobis, Maria   Francisco López Capillas
Mi ciudad   Guadalupe Trigo, arr. Jorge Córdoba
Éste ques ves, engaño colorido audio sample Rodgrido Cadet
La Llorona   arr. Ramon Noble
De Sur A Norte audio sample Julio Morales
Dios nunca muere   arr. Francisco Zúñiga Olmos
Tleycantimo choquiliya audio sample Gaspar Fernandes
Y es que no sabes audio sample Novelli Jurado
La Bikina   Ruben Fuentes, arr. Edgardo Romero Hernández
Besame Mucho audio sample Consuelo Velázquez, arr. Jose Galvan
A la orilla de palmar   Manuel Maria Ponce, arr. Jorge Córdoba
Pasar la vida   Jorge Cózatl
Te extraño   arr. José Galván 

Holidays a cappella 2019

Jul 30, 2019

Dominus dixit ad me   Chant
Noe, Noe!   Jean Mouton
Three Pieces for Chanukah   Robert Applebaum
Y'mei Hachanukah audio clip  
Maoz Tzur    
Funky Dreidl audio clip  
Noel Canon   Steven Sametz
Quelle est cette odeur agréable   Traditional, arr. David Willcocks
Nigh Bethlehem   Alfred Burt, arr. Gene Puerling
Al Hanisim   Joshua Fishbein
Ikh bin a kleyner dreidl   Mikhl Gelbart, arr. Mark Zuckerman
Silent Night   Franz Gruber, arr. Malcolm Sargeant
Winter Welcome   Patrick Sinozich
Carol of the Bells   Mykola Leontovych,
arr. Paul Langford
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas audio clip Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane,
arr. Robert Convery
Jingle a cappella audio clip James Pierpont, arr. James Clemens
Miracle   Matisyahu, arr. Sinozich
That's Christmas to Me   Scott Hoying and Kevin Oluwole Olusola
encore:  Deck the Hall   arr. Gene Puerling

American Anthem Playlist

Jul 30, 2019

America The Beautiful   Samuel A. Ward & Katherine Lee Bates,
arr. David Angerman & Joseph M. Martin
Tenting Tonight
  John Ness Beck,
arr. Douglas Wagner
Will  The Circle Be Unbroken
  Trad. Appalachian,
arr. J. David Moore
Goin' Home   Dvorak and William Arms Fisher, arr. Paul Langford
Come Sunday   Duke Ellington, arr. J. Hoybye
Lift Every Voice and Sing   J. Rosamond Johnson,
arr. Roberto Burton
I Am Woman   Helen Reddy, arr. Langford
Quiet   MILCK
Medley: Give My Regards to Broadway; Johnny Get Your Gun; Over There; You're a Grand Old Flag   George M. Cohan,
arr. Patrick Sinozich
Changes   David Bowie, arr. Sinozich
America   Paul Simon, arr. Langford
Take Me Home, Country Roads   John Denver, arr. Stefan Wyatt
The Times They Are A-Chagin'   Bob Dylan; arr. Ann Downey, Shelley Posen, and Ian Robb
For What It's Worth   Stephen Stills, arr. Sinozich
Get Together   Chet Powers, arr. Langford
The Man in Black   John R. Cash,
arr. Joe Labozetta
Let it Go from Frozen   Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez,
arr. Roger Emerson
Born this Way   Lady Gaga and Jeppe Laursen, arr. Sinozich

Dynamic Duos Set List

Feb 15, 2019

Dynamic Duos - April 2019

Dames Medley   Rodgers/Hammerstein, arr. Patrick Sinozich
Soave sia il vento   Mozart/Da Ponte, arr. Jonathan Miller
Scarborough Fair   Traditional, arr. Paul Langford
Can't Buy Me Love   Lennon/McCartney, arr. Keith Abbs
Yesterday   Lennon/McCartney, arr. Gene Puerling
Close to You   Bacharach/David, arr. Paul Langford
For All We Know   Karlin/Wilson/Griffin, arr. Teena Chinn
I Love Lucy   Daniel/Adamson, arr. Paul Langford
How To Handle A Woman   Lerner/Loewe, arr. Paul Langford
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road   John/Taupin, arr. Paul Langford
Love Will Keep Us Together   Sedaka, arr. Paul Langford
Reelin' In the Years   Fagen/Becker, arr. Patrick Sinozich
The Girl From Ipanema   Jobim/Gimbel, arr. Paul Langford
Romeo And Juliet/A Time For Us   Tchaikovsky/Rota/Kuzik/Snyder, arr. Paul Langford
I Can't Go For That   Hall/Oates, arr. Paul Langford
They All Laughed   Gershwin/Gershwin, arr. Paul Langford
We Kiss In A Shadow   Rodgers/Hammerstein, arr. Kerry Marsh
Gilbert and Sullivan Medley   Gilbert/Sullivan, arr. Paul Langford

Polish Splendor Set List

Jan 11, 2019

Gaude Mater Polonia   Wincenty z Kielczy; Teofill Klonowski
Gregorian hymn melody
10 Polish Folk Songs on Soldier Themes   Witold Lutosławski
1.Pod Krakowem czarna rola    
2. Nie bede łez ronić    
Czerwone jabłuszko   arr. Jacek Sykulski
10 Polish Folk Songs on Soldier Themes   Lutosławski
3. A w Warszawie    
4. Zachodzie słoneczko    
Stabat Mater   Marek Jasiṅski
Prayer to Theresa   Wojciech Kilar
10 Polish Folk Songs on Soldier Themes   Lutosławski
5.Oj, I w polu jezioro    
6.Jam kalinkę łamała    
Scherzo   Marek Jasiṅski
Warszawo, moja Warszawo (tango)   Andrjez Włast (lyrics) and Zygmunt Karasiṅski/Szymon Kataszek (music), arr. J. Miller
Lacrimosa (after Chopin’s Etude in Eb minor, Op. 10, No. 6)   Chopin, arr. Franck Krawczyk
10 Polish Folk Songs on Soldier Themes   Lutosławski
7. Gdzie to jedziesz Jasiu?    
8. A na onej górze    
Trzy Baby (3 peasant Women)   Juliusz Łuciuk
The Last Letter of St. Maximilian to his Mother   Pawel Łukaszewski
10 Polish Folk Songs on Soldier Themes   Lutosławski
9 . Już to mjia siódmy roczek    
10. Małgorzatka    
Prayer for the Homeland   Łukaszewski
encore: Ach, Spij Kochanie   Henryk Wars and Ludwik Starski, arr. Wlodzimierz Soltysik
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