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.
In September 2003, the performing ensembles of WCPA made history by becoming the first choruses in a Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered (GLBT) organization to sing the National Anthem at an Illinois professional sporting event, at the Chicago Free Press sponsored “Out At The Ballgame” day at U.S. Cellular Field, opening for the Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians game.
Our choruses have had a rich and rewarding history. WCPA members have performed with Steppenwolf Theatre and Redmoon Theatre companies, participated in the opening ceremonies of the new modern wing of the Art Institute and have even performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the Susan Komen Sing for the Cure project.
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Embedded in the spirit of every performance and outreach event is our mission statement:
Windy City Performing Arts sings to inspire change, celebrate diversity, and honor the dignity of the LGBTQ+ community.