The Grant Park Orchestra
The 100+ member Grant Park Chorus was formed in 1962 by Thomas Peck, who led the group until his death in 1994. His protégé, Michael Cullen, then led the chorus until 1997, after which a series of guest conductors worked with the ensemble until 2002 when an international search identified current chorus director, Christopher Bell. In addition to providing artistic leadership to the Grant Park Chorus, Christopher Bell is also founder of the Apprentice Chorale, which features some of the most talented young vocalists from DePaul and Roosevelt Universities.
Winners of the 2006 Margaret Hillis Award for artistic excellence, the Grant Park Chorus is a fully professional ensemble and the majority of the vocalists reside in Illinois. In addition to frequent solo appearances and teaching careers, members of the Grant Park Chorus perform with ensembles such as Chicago a cappella, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. In 2012, the Chorus released Songs of Smaller Creatures and Other American Choral Works, a recording of a cappella music to commemorate its 50th anniversary.