About the Festival

Windy City Choral Festival Concert

The 9th-annual Windy City Choral Festival features mixed choirs from across North America coming together to sing at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center – home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The annual festival will take place April 7-9, 2022.


In addition to being part of the Windy City Festival Chorus, four choirs will be selected by audition to conduct stand-alone performances on stage during the finale concert.  World-renowned choral conductor, composer, and Director of Choral Activities at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, will serve as Artistic Director and will lead the rehearsals and finale performance.


Chicago proudly offers some of the world ’s best museums, the highest buildings, the most renowned orchestras, and choirs, the world-class Brookfield Zoo, a beautiful lakefront skyline, and of course,  Chicago dogs and pizza! With its wonderful musical heritage, Chicago will be the ideal host city to choirs around the country for this magnificent festival experience.


All concert and tour production will be professionally provided by Music Celebrations International.

Festival Schedule

Day 1

  • Arrive in Chicago and meet your Tour Manager
  • Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Historic Downtown and the Loop
  • Hotel check-in
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Evening Festival Chorus Rehearsal
  • Return to the hotel for overnight
  • Director’s Reception with the other directors and Z. Randall Stroope

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Visit a museum (choose one: Museum of Science and Industry, Art Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History)
  • “Spirit of Chicago” Lunch Cruise, with dancing and time to mingle with the other choirs and have fun!
  • Afternoon free for sightseeing and shopping
  • Dinner, on own
  • Evening Festival Chorus Rehearsal
  • Return to the hotel for overnight

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Morning Dress Rehearsal at Orchestra Hall
  • Lunch, on own
  • Windy City Choral Festival Finale Concert at Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center
  • Following the performance, dinner at a local restaurant
  • Return to the hotel for overnight

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Check-out of hotel
  • As time permits, visit the Navy Pier and Magnificent Mile for free time and shopping
  • Depart for home