From Behind Closed Doors - Chicago a cappella
Program created and music direction by John William Trotter

So much of our lives happens behind closed doors, especially the creation of music. How much of the world’s music do you think has actually been seen or heard? Let our ten singers inspire you with beautifully moving pieces that were previously held back unjustly due to personal reasons,  societal norms, or inequity.  We’ll also open the doors for new and unknown works to step into the spotlight. Join Chicago a cappella for this transcendent musical experience.

Works by: Howells, Price, Byrd, Aleotti, Bonds, Cesis, Garrop, and winners of the HerVoice Emerging Women Composers Competition

Song List and Program Notes


Join us for a composer Q&A following every performance! 


February 18, 2023

8:00 PM

Nichols Concert Hall

1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

February 19, 2023

4:00 PM

Wentz Concert Hall

171 E. Chicago Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540

March 3, 2023

7:30 PM

Allen Recital Hall at Holtschneider Performance Center

2330 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Tickets for this concert need to be purchased directly through the Holtschneider Performance Center Box Office. If you need ticketing assistance, please contact the Holtschneider Performance Center Box Office by phone (773) 325-5200 or by email at The HPC Box Office is open Tuesday- Saturday, 10AM – 3PM.

March 5, 2023

4:00 PM

Grace Lutheran Church

7300 Division St
River Forest, IL 60305

Week of March 14, 2023

On Demand

Full Concert Replay

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Cari Plachy


Sarah Ponder


Emily Price


John William Trotter

Artistic Director

Health & Safety Information

Chicago a cappella is committed to the health and safety of our audiences, singers, and staff. All policies, including ticketing and attendance, are subject to change. COVID-19 protocols and attendance requirements will be communicated to you via email prior to your event.

Details on current plans can be found on our Safety page here.

Guests With Disabilities Are Welcome!​

Chicago a cappella is committed to welcoming everyone to our event. To request access services or to learn more, please email Sara Badger or call (773) 281-7820×1 with as much advance notice as possible.

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