Our Story


Musichorale began in 1947 as the Lindblom Alumni A cappella Choir under the direction of Arthur Silhan with 25 voices from the high school choir. Phyllis Ballin (soon to become Mrs. Arthur Silhan) was the first accompanist. Before long, the choir had grown to include more than just alumni, so the name was changed to Chicago Choral Club, before finally becoming Musichorale in 1957. Arthur’s elder son, Jeffrey, became director in 1980, a natural progression since he had been singing since the formation of Musichorale Miniatures in 1957. Jeffrey’s daughter, Sarah, became director in 2017.

Rehearsals began at the Ogden Park field house and then moved to Marquette Park. Musichorale has owned two buildings: first at 59th and Sacramento, and then the old Clearing Town Hall on 63rd Street in 1971. Since 1998, the choir’s home has been at the Christian Assembly Church (formerly Oak Lawn Community Church) at 90th and Ridgeland where we are renting space for rehearsals and storage.

Musichorale has sung many weddings, dedications, parties, and concerts in some of the most prestigious venues around Chicagoland. From Symphony Center and the Wrigley Building Restaurant to casual outdoor venues and local restaurants, Musichorale continues to thrive after 70 years.