Membership in the Downers Grove Choral Society

The Downers Grove Choral Society is always eager to welcome new singers! Our members have a wide range of musical experience, from high school and university choral programs to church choirs to professional engagements. We come from all over Chicagoland–Downers Grove, Lisle, Westmont, Clarendon Hills, Woodridge, Darien, Lemont, Wheaton, Naperville, Oak Brook, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, Lombard, Hinsdale, Bolingbrook, Elgin, Villa Park, Indian Head Park, Frankfort, and Willowbrook, to name a few!–to be a part of this dynamic choral ensemble.

If you share our love for performing great choral music and making new friends, please join us this season! We hope to be able to perform in some way, but more importantly, we want to continue making music together. To rehearse safely, we offer a socially-distanced in-person rehearsal at First United Methodist in Downers Grove.

As we begin a new season with our Artistic Director, John Patrick Rakes, all new members need to schedule a voice hearing (some preparation required). Please see the additional information below.

For more information or to schedule a voice hearing, visit our Voice Hearings page, call us at 630.515.0030 or email us at

What is your favorite thing about singing with DGCS?

I learned a lot from chorus rehearsals and performance. The blending of parts, the typical mood of different composer, and how to show them up, to experience their emotions.

Why do you love to sing?

The opportunity to sing is a joy to be shared. Singing is good for the spirit with the plus of enhancing brainpower.

What is your favorite thing about singing with DGCS?

Constantly being challenged musically, and making great friends!