Holiday Pops Chicago is truly a labor of love, featuring an 100-plus member choir and the 22-pieces of The Ravenswood Ensemble, all under the direction of Maestro Scott Arkenberg. This diverse group of voices come together to present a magical evening of song, joy, and laughter that you don’t want to miss. Holiday POPS Chicago is the way to kick off the Christmas season.
Holiday Pops Chicago Chorus
This energetic, mixed-voice choral group of about 100+ singers is made up of amateur singers from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Truly a labor of love, this diverse group of hearts, hands and voices comes together each October (the Tuesday after Columbus Day is always their first rehearsal!) to begin rehearsing for this magical evening of song and joy, laughter and warmth. The members of the Holiday POPS Chorus come from all walks of life (teachers, lawyers, judges, medical assistants, students, bankers, financial planners) and many have sung the Holiday Pops together for many years. They do it for the “love of the game”.
The 2016 Holiday POPS Concert wouldn’t be possible without The Ravenswood Ensemble and they are delighted to be working with this prestigious group!
The Ravenswood Ensemble
This professional group of musicians comes together to perform at Christmas for our annual presentation of Holiday POPS Chicago and the music of Handel’s Messiah. The group is made up of professional musicians who regularly play in the vibrant music scene in Chicago. The musicianship of the group is phenomenal and it is a privilege and honor to work with such a stellar group of seasoned musicians. They have become part of our “POPS Family!”
Maestro Scott Arkenberg, Conductor
Scott Arkenberg has long been associated with the choral music scene in Chicago. While pursuing his undergrad studies at DePaul University, he became Music Director at Saint Clement’s Church in Lincoln Park, a position he held for 15 years.
Noted for his recruitment skills, as well as his expertise in the choral arts, his Saint Clement Concert Choir performed Handel’s Messiah to sell-out audiences for 14 consecutive seasons. Performances of the Fauré Requiem, the Mozart Requiem and Beethoven’s Mass in C-Major were part of the repertoire.
Scott moved to Santa Monica, California in 1989 to pursue his Master’s and Doctoral studies in Choral Music at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. While there on full scholarship, he was the Assistant Conductor of the USC Chamber Singers and was responsible for their West Coast Tour in 1994.
He has studied with Rodney Eichenberger, Henry Mazer, Paul Salamunovich, William Dehning, James Vail, Roger Wagner, Robert Shaw, and Helmuth Rilling. His choirs have toured Europe on three occasions. Presently, Scott is the Music Director at Saint John Berchmans Parish in Chicago.. He also teaches music at Saint Colette School in Rolling Meadows as well as private piano students in his studio at the Fine Arts Building. So how did he get the name “Maestro?” It was his friend, Wayne Messmer, the “voice” of the Chicago Cubs and the Wolves, who started calling him that many years ago….and it just stuck. Simple!