About Us

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The Tower Chorale offers the opportunity for choral musical enjoyment and growth, in an environment of fellowship, by means of a variety of secular and sacred musical experiences, providing an entertainment resource for the community and satisfaction for the performers.

The Tower Chorale is a 90-voice community chorus comprised of amateur and professional singers, including former members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, Light Opera Works, Chicago Opera Theater and various community theater and music organizations. Many church choirs are represented. Known for musical diversity, this non-profit organization has been one of the premier music groups in Chicago’s western suburbs since 1986. Our seasons consist of three concerts per year; December, March, and May. Music ranges from the classics of past centuries (Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, etc.) to modern and ethnic pieces. Sung by up to 100 voices plus orchestra or ensembles of brass, timpani, and organ, the performances have led the Tower Chorale to become recognized as the premier vocal musical group in Chicago’s western suburbs. Recent seasons extended our reach for audiences into churches on the north side of Chicago.

Patrick Godon, DIRECTOR

Patrick Godon became the Tower Chorale’s Music Director on July 1, 2011. Patrick made that year, our 26th, a rousing success. He continued to post successful seasons and now launches the 32nd year! Mr. Godon has held many top level posts in music. Since 2003, he has been Director of Music at St. Gregory the Great Church in Chicago and continues in that post. In 2006, he founded the International Chamber Artists (ICA), a chamber music ensemble of classically trained musicians. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) as second keyboardist and has done piano solo work for them. Patrick holds the degree of Master of Music in Piano Performance from DePaul University. He has led the Chorale on performance tours of Italy, Spain and France. Their performance in the Vatican coincided with the election of Pope Francis.

James Winfield, FOUNDER

James Winfield, the Tower Chorale’s founder, brought a wealth of professional experience to the Tower Chorale. He has had several choral and instrumental arrangements published. Twenty five seasons of his concerts were known for their excitement, variety and innovative programming. He sang in the Chicago Symphony Chorus for seven years and served as Associate Director of that ensemble for eight years under its founder, Margaret Hillis. He spent another eight years as music director of the West Suburban Symphony Orchestra of Hinsdale and has had several choral and instrumental arrangements published. He served as Music Director and Organist of the First Congregational Churches of Western Springs and Elmhurst for a total of 41 years, and, since 1999, in the same capacity at the Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion. Mr. Winfield holds music degrees from Indiana University and Northwestern University.

Board of Directors

  • Peter Buscemi - Secretary
  • Marilyn Carson
  • Craig Fisher - Chairman
  • Jennifer Hendricks - Business Manager
  • Kati Lechner
  • Jim Mowers
  • Janet Potts
  • Melissa Raub - Treasurer
  • John Rosenberg
  • Nancy Rotunno
  • Carleen Van Dahm
  • Harriet VerGowe - President
  • Patrick Godon — Music Director
  • Dennis Zimmer — Accompanist

Featured Events

Mar 03, 2018

Carmina Burana

7:30 P.M. - Emmanuel Episcopal Church - 203 S. Kensington Road, La Grange, IL Like Rutter's Magnificat, this music cycle features ancient text..

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Mar 04, 2018

Carmina Burana

3:00 P.M. - Concordia Chapel of Our Lord - Concordia University, 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL Like Rutter's Magnificat, this music ..

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Apr 06, 2018

Spaghetti Dinner

Come join us for our annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser! 5:00 PM at All Saints Episcopal Church 4370 Woodland Avenue Western ..

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Apr 23, 2018

Beethoven's Choral Fantasy & Orff's Carmina Burana

7:30 P.M. - Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL Symphony of Oak Park/River Forest Collaboration featuring Bill Chin's..

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May 19, 2018

A Splash of Music: from Bernstein to Billy Joel

7:30 P.M. - Nazareth Academy - 1209 Ogden Avenue, La Grange Park, IL We’ll be “Singin’ in the Rain” for these concerts and begin by nodding ou..

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May 20, 2018

A Splash of Music: from Bernstein to Billy Joel

3:00 P.M. - Nazareth Academy - 1209 Ogden Avenue, La Grange Park, IL We’ll be “Singin’ in the Rain” for these concerts and begin by nodding ou..

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