Our mission at Hinsdale Chorale is to enrich the musical culture of Hinsdale, Illinois and its surrounding neighborhoods by promoting the appreciation of choral singing in our community.
Hinsdale Chorale is a non-profit and educational organization comprised of dedicated professional and amateur singers led by a professional director and accompanist. The group presents formal programs twice each year as well as several special appearances for the Hinsdale community. The holiday show has traditionally been the most extensive performance, often highlighted by orchestral accompaniment of solo and choral selections and often including an audience sing-along. The second formal show takes place in the spring and has provided the opportunity for us to extend the range of music selections. The group also supports Hinsdale’s Memorial Day services at Memorial Hall with patriotic selections, and participates in Hinsdale’s annual Christmas Walk featuring holiday favorites.
Dr. Mary Hopper – Music Director
Mary Hopper, Professor of Choral Music and Director of Performance Studies at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music conducts the Wheaton College Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Chorale and is a frequent conductor for the Wheaton Opera production. Both of her choirs have appeared on ACDA conferences. The Women’s Chorale has been invited to sing at two National Conferences (Salt Lake City and New York City) and four Central Division Conferences including a 2012 appearance in Fort Wayne. The Men’s Glee Club appeared on the 2014 IMEA conference under Dr. Hopper’s leadership. She has toured both nationally and internationally with both choirs.
Dr. Hopper is currently National Past-President of the American Choral Directors Association and was conference chair for the ACDA 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City. She has served ACDA on the state and division levels since 1983 when she was a member of the planning committee for the Central Division convention. Since then she has held positions as Central Division Women’s Choir R & S Chair, Illinois State Treasurer, Illinois Newsletter Editor, Illinois State President, and Central Division President.
She has been honored by Wheaton College with a Senior Teaching Achievement Award and the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award. In 2014 Illinois ACDA awarded Dr. Hopper the Harold A. Decker Award in recognition and appreciation of the significant contribution she has made to choral music.
Kathy Christian – Accompanist
Kathy Christian serves on the music faculty of North Central College and is organist and pianist at First Congregational Church of Western Springs. She also performs as pianist with vocal and instrumental soloists in the Chicago area.
Kathy received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from DePauw University and a Masters of Arts in Music from the University, College of Wales in Aberystwyth through a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship. Mrs. Christian holds the designation of Nationally Certified Teacher of Music from the Music Teachers National Association. She has been contributing editor to Keyboard Companion magazine and a board member for the West Suburban Chapter of the Illinois State Music Teachers Associations.