The Galesburg Community Chorus was founded and organized on the Knox College campus in
1945, and has remained as Galesburg’s oldest continuously performing arts organization. For over
six decades the Chorus has presented sacred and secular music from all periods in history. Now
in its 66th season, the Chorus continues to bring to Galesburg and the surrounding communities
performances of larger choral works of world-renowned composers and unique musical experiences.
The Chorus makes its concerts accessible to all economic levels of the community by holding ticket
prices at affordable prices and providing free admittance to students.
Historically, the Chorus has always provided an opportunity for professional, semi-professional, and
non-professional vocalists to perform together in a public setting. The Chorus has always existed to
provide open access to choral singing for those who love performing music and who would otherwise
not have the opportunity to do so in this predominantly rural area.
The current roster of about 55 Chorus members consists of people from all walks of life from
Knox, Warren, McDonough, and Henry counties. Members range from high school students through
senior citizens. Chorus membership is open to any individual regardless of singing ability, race, gender,
age, education, sexual orientation, or disability.
The Chorus traditionally presents three choral works per season—in the fall or early winter, midwinter,
and spring. The mid-winter production typically hosts a guest artist; this year we hosted the
Luther College Nordic Choir.