About the Ensemble

Chicago Choral Artists is an ensemble of dedicated musicians that has been presenting innovative music making to Chicago audiences for over 40 years. CCA continually seeks to present excellent interpretations of engaging repertoire, creating a vibrant thread of music which connects the director, the singers and the audience. CCA programs often feature new commissions and music of indigenous cultures in tandem with fresh interpretations of classic masterworks.


Founded in 1975 as the James Chorale, Chicago Choral Artists has enjoyed many performances here and abroad including programs and interviews on NPR, WBEZ, WFMT, WNIB, and ABC TV. “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” was named one of the best holiday recordings of 1998 by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune and also received a glowing review in Fanfare magazine. “Polished elegance. . . atmospheric performance. . . (they) stand out from the crowd.” – Lawrence Johnson, Chicago Tribune







Dana Brown • Ingrid Burrichter • Mandy Cengiz • Tracey Lynne Furling

Amanda Kohl • Marybeth Kurnat • Iva Murray

Elizabeth Shuman • Erin Singer • Ngaire Whiteside-Bull





Elaine Bennington • Allison Deady • Jeanne Fornari • Gaye Klopack

Colleen Sahlas • Karina Stribley • Helen VanWyck • Debby Wilder





Kyle Cothern • Michael Grider • Thomas Heise

Justin Martin • Paul Reineck • John Slauson





Mark Allen • Douglas Anderson • Andrew Barrett

David John Hailey • Jay Jingst • Jess Koehn • Antonio Quaranta

Greg Rohlfing • Benjamin Ross • Errol Shaw





President – Greg Rohlfing


Vice President – Jess Koehn


Secretary – Marybeth Kurnat


Treasurer – Paul Reineck


Artistic Director – Michael D. Costello



The Mission Statement of Chicago Choral Artists


Chicago Choral Artists endeavors to heighten appreciation of the choral art form through outstanding presentation of classical masterworks, commissions, music of the world’s many cultures, and informed interpretations of early music. The ensemble seeks to nurture the artistic growth of its performers and to serve the community through diverse programming and by the development of creative events collaborations with other arts, cultural, charitable and social service organizations.