Mendelssohn Chorale


Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center is proud to be home to the award winning Mendelssohn Chorale. Founded in 1975, the Mendelssohn Chorale is one of northern Illinois’ premier vocal ensembles. The Chorale is composed of skilled choral musicians from the greater Rockford area. Under Marti Bein’s direction, the 110-voice choir has grown into a three-tiered ensemble consisting of the large choir, a select chamber choir and Il coro piccolo, an ensemble of twelve. Besides performing in Mendelssohn PAC’s concert series, the Chorale has been the official chorus of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) since 1999.

Martha Bein, conductor the Mendelssohn Chorale since 1994, is a multi-faceted musician with extensive experience in conducting, vocal performance, musical theater, education, and church music. She provides a rewarding experience for Chorale members who improve and excel under her direction.

2016-2017 Mendelssohn Chorale Season:

-Great Choruses & Overtures from Opera ── November 12, 2016, with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night, November 12. Works by Handel (Happy We from Acis and Galatea), Verdi (Triumphal Chorus from Aïda, Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco, Wagner (Chorus of the Guests from Tannhäuser, Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin),Weber (Hunter’s Chorus from Der Freischütz── for the Suzuki parents) Mussorgsky (Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov). Monday night rehearsals begin September 12, 2016, at 7 pm. The works will be performed by full chorale and in original languages. There will be ample coaching on the languages.

-Holiday Pops with the RSO on Saturday night, December 17 and Sunday afternoon, December 18. The concert, a Rockford tradition, will include Holiday favorites and selections by Il coro piccolo, the chorale section leaders. Rehearsals for Il coro piccolo will begin Monday, November 13. Full chorale rehearsals will begin on Monday, November 21.


Marti Bein,  Music Director

Kristen Nelson, Accompanist

Rose Carr, Chorale Manager


Interested in joining the Mendelssohn Chorale?

Registration information for the 2017-2018 season will be available soon.

No auditions for the Chorale at‐large are required. For Section Leader audition materials, please send a request to

Contact Rose Carr, with any questions.


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