Welcome to the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale
The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale has been providing an eclectic mix of choral music for Chicago's western suburbs for more than 35 years. You'll find everything from the classics to jazz to spirituals on the Chorale's concert programs—all performed by people who love to sing! The Chorale is home to 60-70 singers from a variety of backgrounds. Our goal is to enjoy and appreciate the gift we have in music, and to bring that gift to you in our concerts. We hope to see you in our audience very soon!
A Note from the GEWC President
Preparing for Spring!
As I look out my window today and see a field full of snow, it is difficult to believe that spring is right around the corner!
Typically, the Chorale would be working hard right now to learn the many pieces that we would include in our spring concert that we usually have in College Church in early May. Well, we are still working on a few pieces that we will share with you in May, in the form of another virtual concert. Stay tuned for the release date! We hope you will enjoy this concert as much as the Wintersong 2020 concert we presented in December.
An Upcoming Farewell
We have another announcement to make. It is with much sadness that we share that our Music Director of 23 years will be leaving us after our spring session. Greg Wheatley is moving away to be with family, and we are incredibly happy for him and his lovely wife, Jennifer. We wish them the best in their new home and will miss them both very much.
The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale does plan to return in the fall and are now looking for another Music Director to come along with us on that journey. If you, or someone you know, are interested in applying for that position, please visit our Staff Openings page for more information.
Pam Turriff, President
Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale
Wintersong 2020: A Virtual Christmas Concert
We were pleased to present our annual Wintersong concert in virtual mode last year! The concert contains a blend of new pieces we produced virtually, featuring both our full Chorale and our smaller Ensemble, plus a few specially selected songs recorded during earlier Wintersong concerts. We hope you'll enjoy revisiting this festive presentation!
If You Enjoyed the Concert...
Our annual Wintersong concert was virtual last year, presented free of charge on our YouTube channel. The virtual singing concept was a new one for the Chorale, but we jumped in feet-first and added some of our old favorites from earlier concerts. As you can imagine, a production like this brings unexpected costs such as hiring skilled production people. Would you consider supporting the Chorale as we endeavor to keep music alive during these unusual times? Please visit our Support the Chorale page. There you can become a "Friend of the Chorale" and make a donation if you enjoyed our virtual concert. We miss seeing you in person and hope to be with you again soon! Watch for another virtual concert presentation coming in the spring!
A Word of Thanks
The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale has received a COVID-19 Response Fund Grant from DuPage Foundation.
The Chorale was one of 24 DuPage County not-for-profit organizations with a program specific to the arts to receive a grant through DuPage Foundation's most recent COVID-19 Response Fund grant program, due to the advocacy efforts of Arts DuPage, the Foundation's initiative for all things art in the County.
With help from Arts DuPage Advisory Committee member Sheila Rutledge, who is also a DuPage County Board member, the Foundation was able to secure and grant $300,000 in Federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds from DuPage County.
Through a speedy, but thorough, grant process, a small working group of DuPage Foundation volunteers evaluated 27 grant applications based on specific criteria required for CARES Act Funds to meet the deadline.
From the start of the pandemic through the end of 2020, DuPage Foundation awarded $1.7 million on behalf of donors and the community to area not-for-profits from the DuPage Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund developed and funded last spring in five rounds of grant funding and due to contributions from hundreds of residents, businesses, and other organizations.
Our appreciation and thanks to those who made this grant possible for the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale.