Grande Prairie Choral Arts is a not-for-profit organization in the Chicago Southland dedicated to providing excellent choral music and to promoting and furthering vocal and choral music education. Performance groups include the Grande Prairie Singers, an auditioned mixed choir for singers over the age of sixteen. The organization also maintains various ensembles available for outreach in the community.
The GPCA regular season consists of three main stage concerts presented at various venues in the Chicago Southland. The GPCA includes singers from 27 communities and represents a wide variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds. The Grande Prairie Choral Arts performing groups are also pleased to be frequent collaborators with other Southland musical groups, including the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, and various choral groups.
Collaborating with Illinois Arts Organizations
Grande Prairie Choral Arts have gained a “grande” reputation performing collaboratively with other fine art organizations.
In past seasons the DePaul University Singers (Dr. Constance DeFotis, Director) combined to pay tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in semi-staged excerpts from his operas. His Great C Minor Mass featured talented soloists from DePaul and the Grande Prairie Singers ranks with a full orchestra. The DePaul University Concert Choir (Dr. Clayton Parr, Director) joined for Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Local artist Marilyn Polhammer as Nannerl Mozart, the composer’s sister, delighted patrons at the Mozart Mania pre-concert lecture and The Music Connection of Orland Park thrilled those attending the artist reception with the children’s impressive talents on string instruments.
In addition to showcasing local performers, Grande Prairie has a tradition of commissioning and premiering choral works by Chicago-area composers. Their Love in Bloom concert featured two premiers: cummings and goings, poems by E.E. Cummings set to music by renowned theater composer James Quinn; and a new arrangement of Cole Porter’s “Let’s Do It” by jazz performer and educator Valerie Nicholson.
The Grande Prairie voices have also collaborated with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s holiday concerts. The performances have been proclaimed “one of the top ten musical events of the season” by the SouthtownStar Newspapers.
“. . . the concert had an exciting finale when the Grande Prairie Singers joined the orchestra for Alexander Borodin’s ‘Polovtsian Dances’. The combination of the great playing . . . and the superior voices of the chorus was electrifying . . . The chorus preparation by artistic director Lisa Kristina and the balance maintained by DeLeone resulted in a musical high point to end the season.”
— The Star May 20, 2004 “musiclook”
Book Singers for Fundraisers, Meetings and Other Events
Our singers are available to enhance and entertain! Various ensembles and soloists may be booked for meetings, fundraisers, and other events. We can customize repertoire to fit your needs. Call the office at (708) 481-8684 or email us, to learn more about outreach performance possibilities.
Audition for the Grande Prairie Choral Arts
Grande Prairie Choral Arts is always looking for new talent to swell its ranks. Vocalists 16 and older need to be comfortable reading music and should prepare a solo selection to sing for our director. Contact the office for an appointment time at (708) 481-8684, or email Grande Prairie Choral Arts. Auditions for the 2015-2016v season will be held on Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13.
“Music is the fourth great material want of our nature – first food, then raiment, then shelter, then music”!
Christian Nestell Bovee (1820 – 1904)