Come join the voices of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale!

Our auditioned chorale is 70 singers strong with room to grow. If you love to sing and have some choral experience, a good sense of pitch, and read music… then consider singing with the Peoria Area Civic Chorale. Singers come from all walks of life, united by their passion for choral music excellence and their devotion to community cultural service. Participation in the Chorale allows vocal musicians to give back to their community while improving their musicianship.

The financial commitment for participating in the Chorale for a new member includes a tax-deductible $50 assessment per semester and the purchase of a dress or tuxedo which would be less than $100.

Any singer who desires to join the Chorale must audition with our Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Joseph Henry. Auditions are traditionally held twice per year in advance of each new concert. Please see below for current audition dates.

We are always looking for new singers to join our group! Individual appointments can be scheduled at other times during the season, at the convenience of the director and depending on the Chorale’s rehearsal workload. Interested singers are encouraged to call or email the Chorale for more information or to schedule an appointment. See our PACC Recruitment Brochure for additional information.


Join us for Beethoven in September!

Dr. Joseph Henry will serve as the Choirmaster and the chorale will form the core of the choir of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 collaboration with the Heartland Festival Orchestra on September 9, 2017. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Peoria and run August 15 through September 9. If you would interested in joining the chorus, please email Dr. Henry at or call 309-467-6397 with your name, voice part, and contact information. Read the Beethoven recruitment information from the HFO here.

Singers are responsible for providing their own scores which are available at Kidder Music: G. Schirmer, Inc. (including English translation by Henry G. Chapman). Distributed by Hal Leonard HL50326020 ($6.95).

Join us for our regular concert series!

August 22 and 29, 2017 – 5:30-6:40 p.m.
January 9, 2018 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
3601 N. North St.
Peoria, IL 61604

Formal auditions for our 2017 performance season’s An American Family Christmas concert will be August 22 and 29, 2017 from 5:30-6:40 p.m. and January 9, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for the Spring 2018 America’s Favorite Songs, Hymns, and Anthems.

Please schedule auditions with the PACC office at or 309-693-6725. In your message, please provide your name, phone number, voice part(s) and both email and mailing addresses.

Dr. Henry will accept additional auditions outside of these dates. Please contact him directly at  309-467-6397 or to arrange.

Rehearsals for Fall 2017 will take place Tuesday evenings from 7:00 -9:00 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

To download an Audition form to bring to the auditions, click here.

Audition Criteria:
1. A prepared solo of your choice. (i.e., hymn, art song, aria, Broadway musical, etc.)

2. Please provide two copies of your audition song. A piano accompanist will be provided.

3. Additional vocalization and tonal memory exercises may be added at the Director’s discretion.

The audition process is given in the positive spirit of the Civic Chorale. So, please enter the audition with eagerness and confidence, and sing to your fullest potential.  We wish you the very best!