CCA Memorial Fund

Chicago Choral Artists would like to recognize some of the talented and beloved people who contributed greatly to CCA but who are no longer with us. These people have touched the musical sensitivities and hearts of those who worked with them. We would like to honor these musicians by offering an opportunity to contribute to CCA in their name.


If you would like to donate in memory of James MacDonald (conductor), James Rogner (conductor), Marcia Wunderlich (soprano), John Zimmer (tenor), Brent Weiland (bass), or if you would like to honor or remember another musician affiliated with CCA, please click the following button:



Please indicate the particular individual that you wish to honor in the comments field on the second page of the donation window.

Memorial gifts to the fund will be used to support Chicago Choral Artists. Donors will be listed in the memorial section of our program.


You can also mail your memorial contribution to Chicago Choral Artists, P.O. Box 603, Oak Park, IL 60303.



In Memoriam


James M. MacDonald, first conductor of Chicago Choral Artists, previously known as the James Chorale, conducted the chorale for four seasons.


Roy Frack, member of the founding quartet of singers, remembers him here:


I first met Jim in the summer of 1976 when we both were singing in the Chicago Symphony Chorus preparing for performances at Ravinia. Some months later, while affiliated with a “rag-tag” group of good young (leaderless) singers, happily performing a cappella at various churches, I asked Jim if he would be interested in helping us with rehearsals. He agreed, knowing full well that he would not be paid for this “gig”. The group of young singers soon became the James Chorale (now known as Chicago Choral Artists). One of many fond memories is when he and the late John Zimmer performed Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite for piano – 4 hands.


May he rest in peace.