About WCPA

Windy City Performing Arts sings to inspire change, celebrate diversity, and honor the dignity of the LGBTQ+ community.

Windy City Performing Arts (WCPA) was incorporated in 1983 as an independent not-for-profit umbrella organization for Windy City Gay Chorus, Aria: Windy City Women’s Ensemble (later renamed to Windy City Treble Quire), Unison: Windy City Lesbian and Gay Singers, and Windy City Slickers. (Unison and Windy City Slickers are currently on hiatus.)

Each ensemble in WCPA performs a variety of musical styles from classical to pop. We pride ourselves on musical excellence regardless of the style of music. The choruses have a history of performing major choral works including special commissioned pieces.


Photo of the original WCPA chorus. It is in black and white and the chorus members stand on a stage together.

Here you can explore the history of Windy City Performing Arts and all of its choruses. From the founding of Windy City Gay Chorus to timelines of concert programs, performances, and conductors, we invite you to learn more about our 40+ year legacy of changing hearts and minds through music in Chicago.