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Course B. Musical Chicago

Alumnae Continuing Education

Course B. Musical Chicago

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Stephen Alltop, Senior Lecturer, the Henry and Leigh Bienen School
of Music

As Chicago celebrates several significant anniversaries, Dr. Alltop will delve into the history, riches, and variety of musical life in Chicago. Choral music, opera, radio, and great artists who call The Windy City home are just some of the topics to be explored. As always, a variety of performers and special guests will join Dr. Alltop to add their talents and insights.

Jan. 4 Music and Chicago

A discussion of the significant musical works that have been premiered in Chicago, from Prokofiev to Penderecki, Bolcom to Garrop, and many more.

Jan. 11 The Apollo Chorus at 150
Chicago’s oldest musical organization celebrates its 150th Anniversary. Founded the year after the Great Chicago Fire, the Apollo Chorus has performed in all of Chicago’s major venues and has been a treasured part of the city’s musical life since 1872.

Jan. 18 Musicians Club of Women
Founded in 1875 and still going strong, the Musicians Club of Women has supported dozens of young artists over its long and illustrious history.

Jan. 25 Music of the Baroque 50th Anniversary
One of Chicago’s most acclaimed musical organizations, Music of the Baroque has brought great music to many venues across the city. On the occasion of MoB’s 50th anniversary, we take a closer look at the history and accomplishments of this esteemed ensemble.

Feb. 1 Classical Stars
Many distinguished soloists and composers hail from Chicago, including Jennifer Koh, Rachel Barton Pine, Amanda Majeski, and many more. A celebration of great talent in Chicago.

Feb. 8 New Voices: Contemporary Music in Chicago
Chicago has long been a vibrant place for new music of all types, including choral, chamber, orchestral and opera. This session promises to be a fun and lively discussion with leading “players” in our city’s contemporary music scene.

Feb. 15 Popular Favorites
From Howard Levy to Kurt Elling, Corky Siegel to the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, many great Chicago artists cross over deftly from classical idioms to jazz, pop, and other styles.

Feb. 22 Chicago’s Summer Festivals
While most cities would be grateful to have one major summer musical festival, the Chicago area boasts two great traditions with the Ravinia and Grant Park Festivals. A behind-the-scenes look at how these institutions approach programming and keep the music alive all summer long.

Mar. 1 The History of WFMT
Since first signing on the air in 1951, WFMT Chicago has long been one of the most respected classical radio stations in the United States. We explore the history and personalities that have graced the airwaves of Chicago and beyond for over 60 years.

Stephen Alltop serves on the Conducting Faculty of the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, and as Director of Music at Alice Millar Chapel. His other appointments include Music Director and Conductor of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Music Director and Conductor of the ChampaignUrbana Symphony Orchestra and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Green Lake Choral Festival. In recent seasons he has coordinated the WFMT Bach Organ Project and Bach Keyboard Festival, collaborated with Chicago Opera Theater in productions featuring the Apollo Chorus, and done presentations on leadership for the Kellogg School of Management.

Dr. Alltop has appeared as a harpsichord and organ soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and as a guest conductor with ensembles across the United States, Europe and South Korea.

Information is subject to change. Full course and policy descriptions are available at


• EACH 90 minute, 9-week online course is $155.00 for access to both a live webinar and a temporary recording of the week’s session.

• Late registrations require payment of the full course price. Courses cannot be prorated. Late registrants will NOT be able to access recordings from prior weeks if the links and passcodes have expired.

        • There are no multi-course discounts.

        Per Diem pricing is not available for these courses.


        • Registrations can only be purchased online at A payment card is required. No other forms of payment can be accepted at this time. No in-person registration at Norris Box Office, no mail-in registration, and no phone registrations will be available. Neither the Norris Box Office nor the Alumnae Continuing Education group can process any other type of registration payment. There are no exceptions.

        • After registering for a course, you will see a six-letter reference code on your screen. Please note this for your records. You will also receive an email from confirming your registration and payment.  It will be sent to the email address associated with your profile.  Though it is not your entry to the ZOOM class, it is important that you locate the confirmation as soon as possible. If you don't receive an email, it could mean that there is a problem with how your email address is listed in our system.  A typo in your email address could result in the Zoom link being lost.  You can correct your information by logging in at, clicking on your name in the purple bar at the top, and then on Edit Profile.

        • To access the first webinar on January 4 or 6, your online registration must be completed by midnight, December 30, 2021.If you have not completed registration by December 30, we cannot guarantee timely entry to the first sessions on January 4, the first day for Courses A and B, or January 6, the first day of Courses C and D. No new registrations will be accepted after January 20, 2022 at 11:59 m. Late registrations are not prorated for missed sessions and will not allow for access to expired recordings.

          • Your registration automatically includes temporary access to a recording of each remaining livestream session in the course.  You will be sent a separate link with a passcode to give you access to the recording for six days, ending when the next session begins. You will be sent an email with the link to the recording within 24 hours of the session. If you register late, you may not have access to recordings of livestreamed sessions that took place prior to your registration.

          Your Zoom link and passcode are specific to your email and may not be shared. Sharing your links may void your registration without refund.

          • All course times listed are in the Central Standard Time zone (UTC-06:00)

          • Given the limitations presented by the pandemic, support from customer service will be limited to email correspondence. For course registration issues, please contact us at Please use the Help Form or for assistance with any Zoom-related service issues. No support is available on weekends.

          Linking to Live Sessions

          • You will be emailed a Zoom link invitation for each session on the Friday before the session is scheduled to be livestreamed.  The invitation will be sent from Norris Technical Services. You will also receive an email reminder with the link one hour prior to the start of each session. Please check your spam, junk folder, or deleted messages if you don't see the email in your inbox.

          • Plan on clicking on the Zoom link and joining the online session at least 10 minutes before the session begins.

          Your Zoom link is specific to your email address and may not be shared.

          • For a detailed guide on using Zoom, please click on the Alumnae Continuing Education Zoom Guide here.

          Limited Access to Recorded Sessions

          • If you cannot attend the live-streaming of the session, you may still view the recorded session for a limited time.

          • You will be sent a separate link with a passcode to give you access to the recording of the session for six days, ending when the next session begins. 

          • Your Zoom link and passcode are specific to your email and may not be shared.

            • Recordings CANNOT be downloaded.

            • If you don’t receive the email with the link and passcode to the recording, please complete the online Help Form at or contact as soon as possible to ensure timely assistance. Weekend support is not available.

            • For additional support, call The Alumnae voicemail number: (847) 604-3569.

            Refund Policy

            • If you intend to withdraw from a course, you must purchase a $10.00 cancellation fee by January 4, 2022. A full refund will be processed to the payment card used for the initial purchase.

            • Registrations purchased after January 4 cannot be refunded.

            • No refunds will be given once the first webinar begins.

            • Credits are not given for future classes.

            • Contact the if you would like to transfer to another class offered during the same quarter.  There is no additional cost.  But you will have to wait until the following week to access the new course links.

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            Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive Evanston, IL 60208

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