The Rookery was formed by Bill Chin and Matt Dean in 2011 from conductors and soloists from many area ensembles and singing traditions, including the Chicago Symphony Chorus, The Oriana Singers, Rockefeller Chapel Choir, Golosa Russian Choir, Chicago A Capella, Alioni Georgian Choir, Bella Voce, King Solomon's Singers, and the Schola Antiqua of Chicago. Each singer brings repertoire and artistic insight to the programming. The Rookery refers to both the iconic Chicago building (Burnham & Root, 1888) and its namesake roosting songbirds, keeping good company in the big city.
the rookery festival chorus
The Rookery Festival Chorus, a larger configuration of the best male voices in Chicago, is also available for symphonic, festival, recording, and outreach needs. Sweeping chorales for a film score? 80 men in masks for your Carmina Burana revisualization? Video game music tour? High Holidays? Keeping barbershop music and men in harmony alive in our schools? Opera production? Please contact Bill Chin at for more information.