Join Us for Our 44th Season

The 2015-2016 Schedule is Set

For more than forty years the Ferris Chorale has thrilled audiences in its hometown Chicago, across the country and around the world. Our concert tours have taken us to prestigious international music festivals and our internationally broadcast recordings have brought the joy of our music making to hundreds of thousands of listeners. In keeping with this long standing tradition, the three subscription series features an exciting collaboration with a 200 voice youth ensemble and the thrilling choral and instrumental works of American composer Leo Nestor, who will be in attendance for the performances.

All in all, this 44th season is truly exceptional and, as always, full of variety and splendid melody.


Strike the Harp and Join the Chorus!

December  6, 2015 / 2:30 PM Sunday                      
Madonna Della Strada Chapel / Loyola University  
December 12, 2015 / 7:30 PM Saturday
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church / Chicago (Lakeview)
December 13, 2015 / 3:00 PM Sunday
Emmanuel Episcopal Church / LaGrange

Young harp virtuoso Keryn Wouden joins the Chorale in a performance of Frank Ferko's 2002 work A Festival of Carols. A lively selection of rollicking carols and Renaissance polyphony round out this not-to-be-missed annual event.


Heaven Bound

March 12, 2016 / 7:30 PM Saturday
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church / Chicago (Lakeview)
March 13, 2016 / 3:00 PM Sunday
St. Cletus Church / LaGrange

Sacred choral masterpieces from France and Estonia will be featured, including powerful works of Francis Poulenc (Litanies à la Vierge Noire, Quatre Petites Prières de Saint-François d'Assise) and the poignant Berliner Messe of Arvo Pärt. Collaborating with the Chorale will be the Spirito! Singers’ Bravura Ensemble, an exceptional chorus of young women in the 9th -12th grades, based in the Western Suburbs.



Bravo Leo!

April 30, 2016 / 7:30 PM Saturday
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church /Chicago (Lakeview)

The William Ferris Chorale has a long and storied history of presenting the music of living composers. Washington D.C. Based composer, Dr. Leo Nestor, will be front and center in a concert of his thrilling choral and instrumental works.



Read Wynne Delacoma’s retrospective article on the Chorale's 40th Anniversary.

Audio Clips

Toward the Unknown Region
Highlights of 35 magnificent seasons.

Christ is Risen, Truly Risen
Mystical and moving music by the Trappist monk Chrysogonus Waddell. Sample clip: Easter Gospel Acclamation.

Hear audio clips from more of our CD recordings.

University Names Chorale Artist-in-Residence

Loyola University Chicago logoThe William Ferris Chorale has been named Artist-in-Residence at Loyola University Chicago. We are proud to be a part of the Loyola family!

Latest Recording

American Choral PremieresAmerican Choral Premieres
Sacred and spiritual works by nine contemporary composers including Paul French, Alan Hovhaness, Paul Nicholson, William Ferris and George Rochberg. Buy CD and more info button