The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale

. . . bringing harmony to the community

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The Chorale is holding auditions for the 2024-2025 Concert Season and our June 2025 Baltics Tour. Follow the link to find out more and request an audition!

Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale Christmas 2018

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!

What Audience Members Are Saying...

  • "I attended on Saturday and it was wonderful. This definitely will become a Christmas tradition for me. Everything was beautiful from the beginning to the end and I especially enjoyed the ending with the lighting of the candles and Silent Night. The entire concert was just what was needed to put me in the Christmas Spirit. Great job everyone!"
  • "Everything was beautiful - the music selections, the voices, the orchestra, the lighting, the processional. The clustering of the 'light' songs at the end was a highlight. Thanks for everyone’s commitment to excellence."

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.

Musical Leaders

Music Director Jennifer Whiting

Jennifer Whiting

Music Director
Jennifer Whiting, our Music Director, has decades of experience leading auditioned and non-auditioned choirs. She holds bachelor's, master's, and post-master's degrees from Rockford University and Northern Illinois University.
Ensemble Director Kristin Young

Kristin Young

Ensemble Director
Kristin Young joined the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale in 2022 as our Ensemble Director. She studied piano performance, voice, and conducting at DePaul University in Chicago, and enjoys spreading joy and beauty through the gift of music.
Collaborative Pianist Kevin Lange

Kevin Lange

Collaborative Pianist
Kevin Lange joined the Chorale in 2022 as our Collaborative Pianist. His background includes studying organ performance and harpsichord at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Featured Video

The Cloths of Heaven by René Clausen, commissioned by the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale and performed in its world premiere on May 6-7, 2016 at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois.

Friends of the Chorale

  • Paul Drennan

    Glendale Heights, IL
    Full Musical Score Level
  • Scott Hayner, United Graphics & Mailing Group

    Elk Grove Village, IL
    Full Musical Score Level
  • Jennifer and Robert Whiting

    Huntley, IL
    Full Musical Score Level
  • Ann and Charles Evans

    Glen Ellyn, IL
    Song Level
  • Phyllis Ludwig

    Glen Ellyn, IL
    Song Level
  • Robert and Lorraine Nieland

    Naperville, IL
    Song Level
  • Todd and Amy Steenson

    Batavia, IL
    Song Level
  • Patricia and John Burg Charitable Fund

    Billings, MT
    Melody Level
  • Julie and Matt Carlson

    Glen Ellyn, IL
    Melody Level
  • Linda DeRaad

    Glen Ellyn, IL
    Melody Level
  • Sharon and William Knott

    Batavia, IL
    Melody Level
  • Beth Majerszky

    Lockport, IL
    Melody Level
  • Jennifer and Steve Nahn

    Batavia, IL
    Melody Level
  • Esther and Mark Peterson

    Wheaton, IL
    Melody Level
  • Carolyn Raber

    Wheaton, IL
    Melody Level
  • Diana M. Visco, DDS

    Roselle, IL
    Melody Level
  • Parmelee Webworks

    Nobleboro, ME
    Full Musical Score Level

Director's Notes

Jennifer Whiting, Music Director of the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale, and Greg Wheatley, retired Director, share their thoughts about past and future concerts, musical works we've performed, and the many joys of choral music.
  • Wintersong 2023: Stella Natalis

    We are simply thrilled to share the stage with Anima–Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus for Wintersong 2023! Artistic Director Evan Bruno and I began developing the vision for this intergenerational concert a year ago, and it's been a joyful process.

    Several singers in the Glen Ellyn–Wheaton Chorale have childhood roots in Anima. This concert feels like a "full circle" experience to them. The fact that they still seek out choral

  • GEWC 2023-24 Season: Thrilling Music, Fresh Sounds, Delightful Collaborations

    The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale is pleased to announce we are joining forces with Anima–Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus for Wintersong 2023, performing selected movements from Karl Jenkins' Stella Natalis.

    Evan Bruno is Anima's energetic director []. Evan and I started planning in the fall of 2022, and we are

  • Dream of Flight

    “Dream of Flight,” our concert theme, was inspired by Christopher Tin’s gloriously exciting “Sogno di Volare,” a setting of thoughts by Leonardo da Vinci on the subject of human flight.

    What is it about flying that captures our imagination?

    Isak Dinesen, the Danish author, remembered her many flights over Africa as “the most transporting pleasure of my life.” She wrote, “Every time I have gone up in an

  • Wintersong 2022: The Best Gifts

    "The Gift of the Magi" Illustration by Sonja DanowskiWe hope you will join us on December 2 or 3 for Wintersong 2022: The Best Gifts!

    German artist Sonja Danowski created the illustrations

  • Randol Alan Bass, Gloria

    You might remember Skitch Henderson as the witty pianist and conductor on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in the 1950s. Skitch left Hollywood to establish The New York Pops in 1983.

    He commissioned Randol Alan Bass to compose a setting of the Gloria for his New York group. Bass is a noted pianist, singer, conductor, and advocate for non-professional musicians. Prestigious ensembles throughout the United States have

  • Something Wonderful Is About to Happen

    My friend Paul and his boys were invited to their "Grandma Carol's" house for dinner. When they entered her home, nine-year-old Jonathan's senses took in the beautiful table gleaming with Carol's best china and crystal, the glowing candles, and the enticing aromas coming from her kitchen.

    Jonathan's eyes beamed and he declared, "Something wonderful is about to happen!"

    This is precisely how I feel as our May concerts