The Community Renewal Chorus is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating diversity, equality, peace, and justice through music. Active in Chicago’s musical life since 1970, the Chorus forms a singing community – their membership personifies their commitment to diversity and inclusion by bringing together people of various races, faith perspectives, economic backgrounds, political affiliations,and sexual orientations.
As one of the few community musical groups in the United States whose diversity truly reflects the face of urban America, the Chorus believes music has the power to inspire, educate, celebrate, forewarn, and challenge, and is a living witness that people can break through the walls that separate human beings from each other and forms a community where the contributions, capacities, gifts and talents of all are appreciated, affirmed and celebrated.
The Chorus has performed over 600 concerts in more than 175 different communities. Its repertoire encompasses music from many traditions and cultures, including major classical works, folk songs from diverse cultures, contemporary and traditional hymns, Broadway show tunes, spirituals and gospel, and songs that reflect hope for the city.