CRS Music for the Movement

We’d like to invite you to attend “Music for the Movement: A Celebration of Freedom and Equality” which will kick off a year-long celebration honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement, for an afternoon of gospel and inspirational songs.  The event will be held at First Baptist Congregational Church, Saturday November 14, 2015, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will feature the Community Renewal Chorus, The Sounds of Blackness, One 4 Christ, and Trinity United Church of Christ Sanctuary Choir.

Tickets will NOT be sold at the door, so you can get your tickets online here:

The event flyer is here:

Members of the Community Renewal Chorus who are available to sing at the event can click here for details.  The call time is 2:00pm.

We hope you can make it!

Mass of Peace – Sunday, June 21

In response to the tragic killings of church parishioners in Charleston a few days ago, St. Alphonsus will celebrate a Mass of Peace at the 5 p.m. liturgy this Sunday, June 21st.  Fr. Andrew Wawrzyn will preach, and members of the St. Alphonsus Choir and the Community Renewal Chorus will sing. The congregation will have many chances to participate in singing songs of peace and hope. A hymn-sing will begin at 4:45 p.m., fifteen minutes before Mass. Worshipers are encouraged to come a bit early and add their voices to this healing music before Mass.

Any choir members interested in adding your voice to our songs of peace, please gather at the church at 4pm.

“You took something really precious from me. I will never talk to her again,” the daughter of 70-year-old Ethel Lance, one of nine people killed in Wednesday’s massacre, said. “But I forgive you and have mercy on your soul. You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people. But God forgives you. I forgive you.”


Welcome to our website.  My name is Thomas Henniger and I am the current President of the Board of Directors for the chorus.  During this last spring semester, we embarked on a journey to identify a new Music Director to take the place of Gerome Bell, who stepped down in June after 20 faithful years.  Please join us in welcoming Interim Director Brian Bloye.

As you can see from his biography below, Brian brings a number of exciting skills and a passion for the group.  Please get involved and either audition as a singer or attend our programs as we move forward with them!  Watch this site for the new and interesting events to come.  Continue reading