Apollo Chorus of Chicago

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The Apollo Chorus of Chicago is a volunteer choir in Chicago. The current music director is Stephen Alltop.


Founded shortly after the Great Chicago Fire in 1872 as the "Apollo Music Club", it is the oldest volunteer choir in the United States. The ensemble performs Handel's Messiah every year, and has since the year 1879. They released a recording of the complete Messiah in 2006.

In 1892, Apollo Chorus performed the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah at the World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago.[1]

In addition to Messiah, the Chorus performs other works such as Verdi's Requiem, Karl Orff's Carmina Burana, and Bach's Mass in B Minor. The group also performs numerous community events in the Chicago area.

In recent years, the Apollo Chorus has performed with artists such as Jackie Evancho and Josh Groban, and was featured on Oprah Winfrey's final show.


  1. ^ Helfrich, Mary (1997). Apollo Chorus of Chicago: celebrating 125 years 1872-1997. Chicago: Apollo Chorus of Chicago. ISBN 978-0967050300. 

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