Contact John Sherer for more information
The Chancel Choir participates in the 11:00 a.m. worship service every Sunday. This choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel.
The Morning Choir participates in the 9:30 a.m. worship service every Sunday. This choir rehearses on Thursday evenings and before worship on Sunday mornings. An audition is required for participation in this choir.
The Men’s Choir sings in morning worship during the summer with occasional rehearsals.
The Women’s Choir sings in morning worship during the summer with occasional rehearsals.
The Gospel Choir, directed by Bryan Johnson, sings on the fourth Sunday of the month in the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services and on the first Sunday of the month in the 2:00 p.m. worship service. This volunteer choir rehearses before each service and at other agreed-upon times.
The Choral Society brings together anyone from the Chicago community and the Fourth Church congregation who enjoys singing to present a fall and spring concert each year.
• The Fall 2023 Choral Society concert on Friday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. will be a tribute to former Fourth Church Organist and Choirmaster, Morgan Simmons, featuring music that he composed. Rehearsals begin Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel and continue each Thursday up to the November 10 concert.
• The Spring 2024 Choral Society concert on Sunday, May 18 will be a tribute to Florence Price and will feature music that she composed. Rehearsals for the spring concert will begin Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel and continue each Thursday up to the May 18 concert.
Contact John Sherer for more information
The Handbell Choir is a group of twelve ringers that performs during morning worship on the fourth Sunday of the month. The ensemble rehearses on Sundays from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. The Handbell Choir performs with five octaves of Malmark handbells and three octaves of Malmark handchimes. The ability to read music is required.
The Drumming Circle, directed by John Doty, is open to all ages and levels of experience. Rehearsals are each third Sunday of the month at 9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary, followed by playing that Sunday in the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services.
Children and Youth Choirs
(These choirs rehearse during the academic year and have summers off; contact Katy Sinclair for more information)
The Cherub Choir is open to all 3 and 4-year-olds. Our children’s choir director, Katy Sinclair, brings music into the 3- and 4-year-old Sunday School classroom from 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. The choir sings twice a year in morning worship.
The Children’s Choir, directed by Katy Sinclair, is open to anyone in kindergarten through fifth grade. This choir rehearses each Sunday in Room 4G (on the Sunday School floor), with kindergarteners and first-graders from 9:00 to 9:30 and second- through fifth-graders from 9:20 to 9:40 a.m. This choir sings occasionally in morning worship and on special occasions.
The Youth Choir directed by Katy Sinclair, is open anyone in sixth through twelfth grade. This choir rehearses each Sunday morning from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. in Room 4G and sings occasionally in morning worship and other special occasions.
A statement by Organist and Director of Music John W. W. Sherer:
“The choral program at Fourth Presbyterian Church is an integral part of the worship life of the congregation. It seeks to express the love and glory of God and enhance the worship experience through inspiring and artistic expressions of praise.
“In keeping with the rich tradition and heritage of musical excellence at Fourth Church and in recognizing the interdependence of spiritual and musical growth, the choral program endeavors to offer learning opportunities for all of its participants. It also makes a special contribution to the cultural life of the Chicago community and, in doing so, strives to enrich the lives of those it touches and to gather into the congregation those who believe in and work to advance the message of God’s redeeming love.
“There is a place in the Fourth Church choral program for anyone who wishes to learn, grow, serve, and praise God in song. Come make a joyful noise unto the Lord!”