The North Central College Choral Program, under the direction of Dr. Ramona Wis and Prof. Jacqueline Schutt, comprises four choirs, each with their own unique musical style.
The North Central College Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale, directed by Dr. Ramona Wis, in collaboration with resident ensemble DuPage Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Barbara Schubert, performing Francis Poulenc’s Gloria, February 2014, featuring Sarah Wolfson, soprano, Wentz Concert Hall.
Dr. Ramona Wis, Conductor
Praised by audiences wherever it has appeared, the North Central College Concert Choir performs a variety of sacred music, choral classics, spirituals and folk music from all historical periods. Selected by audition, the members of the 50-voice choir come from states across the nation and represent most academic disciplines on campus.
The Women’s Chorale has earned a reputation for a warm, expressive sound and innovative concert programming and staging. Members are chosen by audition and represent all academic degree programs and classes. The Chorale has sung with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, professional choruses Bella Voce and Vox Caelestis, and toured Ireland in 2012 and France, Germany, and Austria in 2009. The Chorale regularly premiers new music and has commissioned pieces by James Mulholland, James Falzone, and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky.
In celebration of its 25th year and with gratitude for a generous gift by Dr. Myron Wentz, the Women’s Chorale toured and presented performances in New York City during spring break, March 14 through March 18, 2019. The 39-member ensemble, accompanied by faculty Dr. Ramona Wis (Founder/Conductor), Barbara Shiffler ’71 Vanderwall (Accompanist and Head of Piano Studies), and Linda Ogden ’71 Hagen (Head of Vocal Studies) presented performances at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and at Carnegie Hall. The tour also included visits to memorable sites such as the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and attendance at the Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate.
Cardinal Chorus is dedicated to the study and performance of a wide variety of choral repertoire and to the development of foundational choral and vocal skills such as sight-reading, tone color, choral diction, and blend and balance. Each term includes at least one public performance. No audition required, but a voice placement will take place as part of the rehearsal process each term.
The most selective choir at North Central College, the Chamber Choir is dedicated to performing the very best choral literature at the highest level. This audition-only group of 24 singers comprises students from many academic majors.