What is the focus of OPCC?
We are a community chorus dedicated to a high level of musical artistry. We perform four concerts a year emphasizing music in the classical a cappella tradition by great choral composers such as Poulenc, Mendelsohn and Randall Thompson. Many of the pieces that we perform are commissioned specifically for our concerts.
The Oak Park Concert Chorale is a 501 (C) 3 not-for-profit organization partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and partially funded by Oak Park Area Arts Council, with the Village of Oak Park, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Who sings in OPCC?
We have singers from throughout the Chicago area, of all ages and in all voice parts – and are always seeking more! Some of us have extensive experience singing in choruses or musicals, but others have little or haven’t sung in years. Our director welcomes and works with all.
When do you rehearse?
We rehearse Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Forest Park. The church has a parking lot and plentiful on-street parking, and is just off the Eisenhower Expressway at Harlem Avenue. Public transportation is available at the Blue Line’s Forest Park and the Green Line’s Harlem Avenue stops, with transfers to buses or a significant walk. Our season is divided into two nine-week semesters. Individuals may join the Chorale for one or both semesters in a year.
How do I find out if OPCC would be right for me?
Come to one of our concerts; talk to our director, Paul Lindblad; or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you.
How do I join OPCC?
Auditions are on going. Singers may join the Chorale at the beginning of any semester. Our director holds auditions at St. John Lutheran Church. You can sign up for an audition online. No preparation is necessary.