Music at Atonement
“Beauty, then, is not mere decoration, but rather an essential element of the liturgical action, since it is an attribute of God himself and his revelation. These considerations should make us realize the care which is needed, if the liturgical action is to reflect its innate splendour.” -Pope Benedict XVI
Music is an integral element of the mass and spiritual life of Church of the Atonement. Each year, the choirs sing up to 45 choral settings of the Mass ordinary, 13 services of Evensong, and a service of Advent Lessons and Carols.
The 11:00 am Solemn High Mass is sung by the choirs from the beginning of October through the feast of Corpus Christi each year. At this liturgy, you will hear a new choral setting of the mass ordinary each week, Anglican psalm chants, motets for offertory and communion, and chanted propers for the day. During the Summer months, the congregation sings the ordinary and the choirs sings anthems.
Primary feasts of the church are often celebrated with masses for orchestra and choir. Recent masses have included the Lord Nelson Mass by Haydn, Coronation Mass and the Requiem of Mozart, and other works from the Classical and Romantic periods.
Evensong services are held on the first Sunday and third Wednesday of each month. You will hear an introit, the psalms for the day, a new setting of the Canticles, and an anthem.
Hymn singing occurs throughout all our worship services. The choirs leads the congregation in fervent hymn singing.
Choirs of the Atonement
Church of the Atonement is fortunate to have some of the finest professional and volunteer musicians in Chicago participating in our liturgies. To find out more, please visit our Choirs page.
The community of musicians at Church of the Atonement is inclusive of all people. Singers of all abilities come from throughout the city of Chicago to be with us. Some join from within the church community, while others seek out the choir from outside the church walls.
Auditions for volunteer singers are open to any interested person and available upon request. Singers should having a pleasant voice and be able to read music. For more information, please contact the choirmaster here.
Information and a schedule of repertoire for the year can be found by exploring this page.
If you are interested in contibuting to the music program as a singer, volunteer or benefactor, please contact the choirmaster here.