Music is an integral element of the mass and spiritual life of the Church of the Atonement. Each year, the choirs sing up to 45 choral settings of the mass ordinary, 14 services of Evensong, and a service of Advent Lessons and Carols.
The 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning Solemn High Mass is sung by the choirs from the beginning of October through the feast of Corpus Christi each year. At this liturgy, you will hear a new choral setting of the mass ordinary, Anglican psalm chants, motets for offertory and communion, and chanted propers for the day; and you will participate in fervent hymn singing. During the summer months the congregation sings the ordinary and the choirs sing the anthems.
Primary feasts of the church are often celebrated with Masses for orchestra and choir. Recent orchestral masses include Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, and Zelenka’s Missa Gratias Agimus Tibi.
Evensong services are held bi-weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays as scheduled. You will hear an antiphon, psalms, prayers for the day, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, and an anthem.
Choirs of the Atonement
Church of the Atonement is fortunate to have some of the finest professional and volunteer musicians in Chicago participating in our liturgies. To find out more, please visit our Choirs page.
The community of musicians at Church of the Atonement is inclusive of all people. Singers of all abilities come from throughout the city of Chicago to be with us. Some join from within the church community, while others seek out the choir from outside the church walls.
Auditions for volunteer singers are open to any interested person and available upon request. Singers should having a pleasant voice and be able to read music. Information and a schedule of repertoire for the year can be found by exploring this page. You can also follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page.
If you are interested in contributing to the music program as a singer, volunteer or benefactor, please contact the choirmaster here.