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Since 2013, the Englewood Neighborhood Choir has served youth from Englewood and surrounding neighborhoods.

Our Neighborhood Choir program is a window onto the world and an incubator for global leadership. With our world-class instruction and empathetic approach to music education, these community-based programs bring to life an emphasis on emotional, intellectual, and social development anchored in musical excellence and creative expression.

In the Englewood Neighborhood Choir, music education means more than theory, notation, and sight-singing. Through exposure to music that authentically incorporates diverse languages and styles, singers engage in dialogue about the historical and social context of an array of cultures.

The impact of this exposure is compounded by the opportunity for students to connect with young people across the city—and globe—breaking down barriers of race, religion, and socioeconomics, forging life-long friendships along the way.

The Englewood Neighborhood Choir has been invited to sing for community functions in Englewood and beyond. In 2013, the Englewood Neighborhood Choir debuted at Uniting Voices Chicago’s annual Red Jacket Optional benefit. Since then, they have performed throughout Chicago, including performances as part of Chicago Artists Month, Chicago Symphony Center, NBA All-Star Weekend (2020), So Fresh Saturday community celebrations throughout Englewood, and a host of live televised events. Recent tours have included Wisconsin and Michigan.

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We sing a lot of Africana music, but the most unique piece to us is the hymn “Na Miôlakôlaka” from Madagascar, shared with us by tradition bearer Lala Simpson in 2021. We keep it in our repertoire because its message to all humanity is to do right by others.

Lonnie Norwood Conductor, Englewood Neighborhood Choir

Performance Highlights

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Lonnie Norwood

Program Assistant

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Session Schedule

The 2023-24 choir year will be divided into 3 sessions - each providing unique performance opportunities both serving Englewood and connecting with other Uniting Voices Chicago programs across our city. Singers are encouraged to participate in all three sessions for a full year experience, but individual session sign-up is also an option.

  • Session 1: Afrochella Englewood! - October 2 - December 9, 2023

Singers will work together to produce and star in their very own mini tribute performance to vibrant Africana music, singing in various languages, dancing, and composing to Nigerian Afrobeat, American hip hop, South African choral, Gullah Geechee, Ghana highlife and more!

  • Session 2: #EnglewoodSings! - January 8 - March 20, 2024

Do you love to sing? Are you curious to learn how? Join us and be a part of something big! Uniting Voices Chicago is welcoming the talented youth of Englewood to make their presence known by singing for peace, love, joy and justice.

  • Session 3: Paint the Town Red at Millennium Park! - April 3 - May 29, 2024

Put on your red shirts and your best kicks! We’re going to sing in the biggest youth community festival in Downtown Chicago. Join more than 3,000 singers in our finale concert at Pritzker Pavilion as Uniting Voices Chicago celebrates another successful year of cultural meaning making through music!

Rehearsal Schedule & Location:

Mondays & Wednesdays

Allegro: 5-6pm
Vivace: 5-6:30pm


St. Benedict the African Church
6550 S. Harvard Ave.

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Program Costs

To learn more about our sliding-scale tuition and how we work to make music education affordable for all families, please visit our Program Costs page.

The scale is based on registration for the 2023-24 program year and shows the recommended amount for household income but Uniting Voices Chicago will always work with individual family constraints.

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Support for the Englewood Neighborhood Choir is provided, in part, by Egwele & Company and the Richard L. Duchossois Memorial Foundation.