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Chicago Choral Artists records

Identifier: Midwest-MS-CCA

Scope and Content of the Collection

Currently, the collection consists of materials exclusively donated by John Jansson, who served as both a member of the choir and a board member. Materials include board meeting minutes, correspondence, bylaw drafts, member guidelines, financial records, and other administrative documents. A scrapbook of concert programs and marketing materials has been disbound for use of access.

The administrative materials have been arranged according to Jansson's original filing, chronologically by date.


  • Creation: 1982-2018
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1996 - 2015



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Chicago Choral Artists records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Chicago Choral Artists records are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

History of the Chicago Choral Artists

James Rogner founded the Chicago Choral Artists (then the James Chorale) in 1975 in an attempt to bring together a community of singers focused on creating beautiful music. The organization continues to perform throughout the Chicago area and abroad and have premiered both the classic composers and the works of Chicago composers through their concerts. They perform both a capella and with small orchestras. The CCA's 1998 Christmas album was named one of the best holiday records of 1998 by the Chicago Tribune.

James Rogner led the choir on a tour of western Europe in 1991, performing throughout Germany and Austria. He served as the artistic director until his death in 1995.

The choir changed their name from the James Chorale to the Chicago Choral Artists in 1997. The current artistic director is Michael Costello, who has served as director since 2014.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes and 1 oversize folder)


Chicago Choral Artists (CCA) began in 1975 as the James Chorale before changing their name in 1997 following the death of their founder, James Rogner, in 1995. They continue to perform in the Chicago area, focusing on creating "a vibrant thread of music which connects the director, the singers and the audience" (quoted from their website, 2021).


Materials mostly preserved in original arrangement, with documents related to the administrative side of the organization largely kept together. Otherwise arranged by subject and thereunder chronologically.

Collection Stack Location

1 9 1, 1 16 3


Gift, John Jansson, 2021.

Processed by

Emily Richardson, 2021.



Inventory of the Chicago Choral Artists records, 1982-2018, bulk 1996-2015
Emily Richardson
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States