Sacred Music 2021


Enjoy the outstanding musical artistry of Camerata Chicago and its new choir performing the Messiah (Part I – Christmas) by Handel with the Hallalujah Chorus and Zadok the Priest. At the heart of our elite choir are some of the top choristers in Chicago. We have four wonderful soloists all conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall:

Josefien Stoppelenburg, Soprano
Lauren Decker, Mezzosoprano
Jonathan Johnson, Tenor
Gerard Sundberg, Baritone

Singers Josefien Stoppelenburg, Lauren Decker, Jonathan Johnson and Gerard Sundberg

Hallelujah Chorus: At these concerts the Camerata Chicago Orchestra and Choir will perform the famous and celebrated Hallelujah Chorus. We’ll perform it twice – the second time giving you the opportunity to join in for a truly rousing finale to this fabulous sacred music performance.

Hallelujah Chorus Lyrics PDF Download

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for their generous support of this sacred music series.

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There are two editions of the December 11 Wheaton concert on our ticket system:

Audience tickets: For those of you who would like to be physically present in the audience to get the full orchestral and choral experience. If you purchase one of these you will receive a ticket to present at the box office as usual. You will need to wear masks. VIP tickets are available if you would like to be personally ushered to your reserved front-row seats.

Livestream Tickets: When you purchase a $20 livestream ticket you will receive a link to the livestream in your confirmation email but no actual ticket. You can purchase this also if you intend to watch later than actually billed – we will send you a link.

Please note that masks at these concerts will be mandatory.

The concert at College Church is presented by Camerata Chicago. It is not sponsored by or a function of College Church and its events.

Sacred Music 2021 Soloists

We have four great soloists for our 2021 Messiah concerts on December 10 in Chicago and December 11 in Wheaton:

Josefien Stoppelenburg – Soprano

Josefien Stoppelenburg performed several times for Dutch Royal Family. She is currently performing all over the United States as a specialist of Baroque Music and as a concert singer. Stoppelenburg performed most major oratorio works by Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart, including Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B minor, and many of his cantatas. By the end of this season, Josefien will have performed all Bach’s cantatas for solo soprano…. read more.

Lauren Decker – Contralto

Rising star, Lauren Decker, possesses a booming contralto with “amber low notes” that is in a league of its own. She is lauded for “pouring out a dark, chocolatey sound with a plushness of tone and amplitude of voice rarely heard in a young singer”.

Ms. Decker most recently covered the role of Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried, 1st Norn in Götterdämmerung, and performed Schwertleite in Die Walküre as a part of David Pountney’s “brilliantly imaginative”, new Ring Cycle at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. … read more.

Jonathan Johnson – Tenor

Jonathan Johnson, Tenor - photo credit Simon PaulyRising young tenor Jonathan Johnson’s many recent engagements have included Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd at Opera Omaha, The Prince in The Love of Three Oranges with Opera Philadelphia (where he was named as one of their Emerging Artists), Jonathan Dale in Silent Night with Utah Opera, Beppe in I Pagliacci with Opera Colorado, the title role in Candide with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, and Des Moines Metro Opera; Hervey in Anna Bolena at Canadian Opera Company, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Lyric Opera of Chicago … read more

Gerard Sundberg – Baritone

5B-g-sundberg-lg[11]-400Gerard Sundberg holds both Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota where he studied voice with Clifton Ware and Roy Schuessler. He is presently Professor Emeritus of Voice at Wheaton Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, IL), where he taught studio voice and vocal pedagogy. Living in the Twin City, MN area, he is an adjunct voice professor at Bethel University. Dr. Sundberg is also an active church musician, and vocal and choral clinician. … read more.