"I have been privileged to direct Jeff Hunt's choir on a number of fondly-remembered occasions over the years, and it is like being allowed to drive someone else's finely-tuned Rolls-Royce (or whatever is your favorite luxury car). They purr along effortlessly at high speed, negotiate the awkward corners with ease, make you feel like a better driver-and you don't even have to fill them up with fuel."

– John Rutter

 

 

Here the story behind the Mozart Journey idea from Jeff Hunt,
Jonathan Saylor, Kay Kendall, and Robert Boyd. 

Mozart Journey VI from St Charles Singers on Vimeo.

 

Our 31st Season

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Candlelight Carols

Friday, December 5,  7:30pm,   4th Presbyterian Church, Chicago

Saturday, December 6,  7:30pm,   Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, St Charles

Sunday, December 7,   3:00pm,  Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, St Charles  SOLD OUT

Program

Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain, Carolyn Jennings
En natus est Emanuel, Michael Praetorius
Exultate Deo, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Ave, Regina Caelorum, Philip Stopford
Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium), Ola Gjeilo
The Hudson, Ola Gjeilo
Convidando está la noche, Juan Garcia de Zéspedes/ed. Robert A. Boyd
Lullay, Karl Jenkins
The Shepherd, Karl Jenkins
Exultate, jubilate, Karl Jenkins
In dulci jubilo, arr. Matthew Culloton
Noël Nouvelet, arr. Philip Lawson
I wonder as I wander, arr. Robert A. Boyd
Stars, Eriks Ešenvalds
Lo, How a Rose/In the Bleak Midwinter, arr. Jeremy Landig
The World for Christmas, Anders Edenroth
Go Tell It on the Mountain, arr. Carolyn Jennings
Who is the baby?, Rosephanye Powell
Silent Night, Franz Gruber, adapted by Robert A. Boyd

Please note that all programs are subject to change.

 

Inspired 

with special guest conductor Craig Hella Johnson

Renowned as one of today’s most influential voices in choral conducting, Johnson brings rich imagination to his programs and is known for crafting musical journeys to create deep connections between performer and listener. 

Saturday, March 7,  8:00pm,   St Michael Catholic Church, Wheaton

Sunday, March 8,  3:00pm, Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, St Charles

Program

Lobe den Herrn, J.S. Bach
Walden Pond, Dominick Argento
Beautiful River, arr. William Hawley
At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners, Williametta Spencer
All My Trials,  arr. Norman Luboff
Why the Caged Bird Sings, Jake Runestad
Hard Times, Stephen Foster, arr. Craig Hella Johnson
I Dream a World, Dan Welcher
Bright Morning Stars (Heavenly Home), arr. Shawn Kirchner
Unclouded Day (Heavenly Home), arr. Shawn Kirchner

 

Bushes and Briars

The Complete Oxford Folk-Songs for Choirs (Books 1 & 2)

Join St. Charles Singers for a weekend of singing. Book 1, read through song on Saturday evening, includes 12 popular British and North American folk songs for unaccompanied mixed voices. Book 2, all from the British Isles, will be sung on Sunday afternoon.   Enjoy this bit of “something old” but look for “something new” before the day is through.  In addition to the folks songs, each concert will feature new commissioned works by Nathanial Adams, composer in residence with the St. Charles Singers.

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 7:30pm, (Book 1 is presented) Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, St Charles

Program-Saturday only

Among the Leaves So Green, O, arr. John Bart
Bushes and Briars, arr. Donald James
Black Sheep, arr. John Rutter
Bobby Shaftoe, arr. David Willcocks
Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron, arr. John Rutter
Early one Morning, arr. David Willcocks
Greensleeves, arr. R. Vaughan Williams
Londonderry Air, arr. Percy Grainger
My Sweetheart’s Like Venus, arr. Gustav Holst
O Waly Waly, arr. John Rutter
She’s like the Swallow, arr. Edward Chapman
Sourwood Mountain, arr. John Rutter

Sunday, June 14th, 2015 , 3:00pm, (Book 2 is presented) Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, St Charles

Program - Sunday only

Afton Water, arr. David Willcocks
Briggs Fair, arr. Percy Grainger
Ca’the Yowes, arr. R.Vaughan Williams
Faithful Johnny, arr. John Byrt
I love My Love, arr. Gustav Holst
Strawberry Fair, arr. Donald James
Swansea Town, arr. Gustav Holst
The Keel Row, arr. John Byrt
The Oak and the Ash, arr. Edward Bairstow
The Sailor and Young Nancy, arr. E.J.Moeran
The Three Ravens, arr. Edward Chapman
The Turtle Dove, arr. R.Vaughan Williams
Yarmouth Fair, arr. Peter Warlock

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Mozart IX-Journey’s Lamp Light

Our first chamber concert of the Mozart Journey will feature sixteen Singers and will be presented in two very special settings; the newly renovated National Shrine of St Frances Xavier Cabrini* in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, and in our home performance venue, Baker Church, St Charles.

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00pm The National Shrine of St Frances Xavier Cabrini in Lincoln Park*

Sunday, October 5, 4:00pm, Baker Memorial United Methodist Church

Program
W.A. Mozart, Scande coeli limina in C, K34   featuring soloist AnDrea James
W.A. Mozart, Church Sonata in C, K278
W.A. Mozart, Regina Coeli in C,  K276  featuring soloists: Suzanna Matthews, Debby Wilder, David Hunt, Antonio Quaranta
W.A. Mozart, Church Sonata in E-flat, K67
W.A. Mozart, Church Sonata in G, K274
W.A. Mozart, Missa in C "Credo",  K257  featuring soloists: Carelle Flores, Margaret Fox, Steve Williamson, Doug Peters
W.A. Mozart, Quaerite primum regnum Dei, d-moll, K86

*An architectural tour of the Shrine is offered prior to the October 4, 2014 concert at no extra cost.  The tour steps off at 6:45 pm.
Dr. Jonathan Saylor, Wheaton College Professor of Music will present a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 pm on Saturday, and at 3:15 pm on Sunday.

For more information call 630-513-5272 or email execdir@stcharlessingers.com