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About the North Shore Choral Society

Background

Link to Chorus America siteThe North Shore Choral Society, a 140 member community chorus, has been a prominent musical force serving the northern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and beyond for over 80 years, giving many hundreds of nonprofessional singers the opportunity to perform choral masterworks, both old and new.  The Society's repertoire ranges from the traditional to the avant-garde.  Few choruses, whether professional or amateur, have as distinguished a track record of presenting such a variety of music.  The chorus has performed at Ravinia with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra.  The Society features outstanding soloists, and some of the area's finest musicians play in the orchestras engaged for the performances.

Here's the North Shore Choral Society singing Pleasure Tunes My Tongue, a William Billings tune.  This arrangement by composer Anne Heider was commissioned in celebration of the NSCS's 75th Anniversary, and recorded at our February 12, 2011 Gala concert.

Here's a sample of the North Shore Choral Society ("For Unto Us a Child is Born" from Handel's Messiah, recorded live at our November 22, 2009 concert).

NSCS History

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Founded in 1936, the North Shore Choral Society is the oldest choral organization on the North Shore. The Society is an independent, self-governing body, incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1978.  It takes this as its credo: The North Shore Choral Society explores, studies, and performs a wide range of choral music for the enrichment and enjoyment of its singers and audiences, and pursues opportunities for educational outreach and engagement in the community through various partnerships.  To achieve this goal, the Society prepares and presents three or more concerts each year, relying on authentic performances that use not only the composers' original vocal scores but also their designated instrumentations.

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