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The North Shore Choral Society normally sings three concerts each season; one in the Fall (November or December), a second in late winter (usually March), and a third in the Spring (May or June).  Our season brochure is published in August.


Our 78th Season    nscs_logo_staff_original

We have three exciting concerts planned, and several special events.  Plus we will participate in the popular An Evanston Symphony Christmas on December 8, 2013.

Link to Season Brochure
We hope you will join us this season!

Concert 1

Festive Music for Chorus and Organ


David Schrader, organist
David Schrader, Organist

Glorious music for chorus and organ transports you to the great cathedrals of England, featuring virtuoso organist and Chicago favorite, David Schrader.

Music from diverse periods of history include the majestic I Was Glad by Sir Hubert Parry and the beautifully pastoral The Lord is My Shepherd by Howard Goodall. Benjamin Britten’s renowned Rejoice in the Lamb will feature Donald Chen Young Artists Rachel Sparrow, soprano, and Elizabeth Jankowski, mezzo-soprano. 

Other choral works include Ave Verum settings by William Byrd and Edward Elgar, Rejoice in the Lord Always by Henry Purcell, John Rutter’s magnificent Te Deum and works for solo organ chosen by Mr. Schrader.

View the concert poster PDF(1MB PDF)


View the Program Notes (PDF)(132K PDF)


View the Concert Program Booklet (PDF)(1.4MB PDF)

Concert 2

Paul Winter

Missa Gaia

Sunday April 6, 2014 at 3 pm
The Unitarian Church of Evanston
1330 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL

with special guests:

the Evanston Children’s Choir, directed by Gary Geiger,

Evanston Children's Choir

and emerging Chicago gospel singer Felicia Patton.

Felicia Patton

The North Shore Choral Society and the Evanston Children’s Choir bring us back to earth with a rare opportunity to hear Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia/Earth Mass.  The piece is an environmental liturgy of contemporary music featuring choirs, a soloist, and an instrumental ensemble of soprano saxophone, English horn, cello, piano, organ, percussion, and the recorded calls of wolves, whales, and loons to celebrate the whole earth as a sacred place.  Since 1985 the Earth Mass has been performed annually at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis and the blessing of animals.

Join us for this unique work, seldom performed in the Chicago area.

(250K PDF)

View the Program Notes (PDF)(115K PDF)

Link to concert program booklet (PDF)(1.5MB PDF)

Concert 3



Sunday June 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall,
Northwestern University
50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL

with soloists

Verdi Requiem soloists 2014

Sarah Hibbard, soprano,
Stacy Eckert, mezzo soprano,
Aaron K. Stegemöller, bass
Eric Ashcraft, tenor

The North Shore Choral Society joins the Evanston Symphony Orchestra for a heavenly season finale celebrating the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth with a performance of his glorious Requiem

The triumphant composition features a full orchestra including eight trumpets and a powerful part for bass drum.

For more information, see the Evanston Symphony website.