Twenty-four professional voices combine in this choral ensemble, bringing to life rarely-performed, striking works by contemporary classical composers. The result: a kind of music-making you won't find anywhere else.


Our Season

Our 44th Season features works ranging in scope and sound from Frank Ferko's A Festival of Carols, to Estonian masterpieces by Arvo Pärt, to works by American composer Leo Nestor.

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William Ferris Chorale named in "Top Ten Performances of 2015"

Ranking the William Ferris Chorale as having had one of the best performances in Chicago during 2015, Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review writes: "The William Ferris Chorale performs just a handful of concerts every year but under music director Paul French, the programming and performances are invariably of the highest order."

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What composers featured on our last concert are saying

Congrats to you and the Chorale on a great program! Sending best wishes of the season, with thanks for remaining a steadfast champion of living composers while maintaining the highest standards of traditional choral performance.
— William Hawley, composer
In regard to A Festival of Carols (or any piece that I write), I have to say that I simply put notes on a page....However, you take all of that and you make it into music. You, with your singers, and Keryn Wouden, have given life to those notes—in a most glorious way—and for that I am deeply grateful.

Congratulations to you, to your wonderful singers, and to your fabulous harpist on your brilliant success of Strike the Harp and Join the Chorus! May your performances of this program next weekend continue to be enthusiastically received and brilliantly successful!
— Frank Ferko, composer

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Your support has allowed the William Ferris Chorale to enchant its audiences for the past 44 seasons with concerts of seldom-performed works that evoke the soundscape of our time. Your support today ensures future seasons of repertoire you won’t hear anywhere else, and helps us continue providing the kind of top-notch performances you have come to love and expect from the William Ferris Chorale.