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.


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Christmas Wonder marks 47 Seasons for the William Ferris Chorale 

In this world of quick change and up-to-the-minute updates, 47 years’ worth of anything seems a near impossibility. Yet, on December 1, the William Ferris Chorale begins its 47th season performing choral music of contemporary and lesser known composers who we think deserve a listen. Our program Christmas Wonder transports us to the contemplative wonder and mystery of a world awaiting Christ’s birth. Drawing from the works of composers who William Ferris himself saw as visionaries of this message, this program of sacred works invites us into this period of waiting and wonder as only the William Ferris Chorale can.

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benjamin rivera Guest Conducts WFC 47th Season

Walk into a highly-acclaimed choral performance in Chicago and chances are Dr. Benjamin Rivera has had some hand in it. With an impressive and growing resume of experiences, both singing and conducting, including ventures with the CSO Chorus, Grant Park Music Festival, and Chicago a capella to name just a few, Rivera is quickly becoming required listening for Chicago choral audiences.

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highlights from this and the past season: what featured composers had to say

I struggle to find words that adequately express how beautiful the Chorale concert was the other night. Not just the exquisite performance of the music, but the strong sentiments expressed by yourself, the singers, and the audience. I am so honored to have been a part of such a historic event. The performance of my piece was absolutely flawless under your direction.
— Chad McCoy
The ensembles coalesced to present among the most beautiful and cogent interpretations I have ever heard, all the more impressive given the 1979-2016 spectrum of works you so artfully chose. Thank you for allowing me to join in the procession of composers which from its inception the William Ferris Chorale has brought to Chicago for similar fetes. The experience of Chicago has been transformative. I tell you in all candor that I heard sounds which I had never before heard—you have granted this composer an indelible experience and profound sonic memory.
— Leo Nestor, composer
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 45 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.

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