Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

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Sundays at Rockefeller

Interior of Rockefeller Chapel

The interior of Rockefeller Chapel.
Photo by Dan Dry.

Choir in Rockefeller Chapel

Rockefeller Chapel Choir, directed by James Kallembach.
Photo by Jackie Todd.

Sundays at 11 am

As the glorious architecture of this historic Chapel prompts, Sunday worship at Rockefeller draws broadly upon the beauty of cathedral tradition, and also incorporates wisdom and musical and liturgical resources from many times and places. The sacrament of bread and wine is offered to all who wish to receive. All are welcome at the table, always. Childcare is offered for small children.

Upcoming Sundays

April 20, EASTER SUNDAY
Franz Schubert Mass in G, and festival Easter music with brass quartet, organ works by Jean Langlais and Lynnwood Farnam Dean Elizabeth Davenport

April 27
Missa Luba (excerpts) and other African music in an interfaith service
George Godfrey, member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation

May 4
Motet Choir sings music of Schütz and Issac
Bromleigh McCleneghan

May 11 Mother's Day
Settings of Psalm 23 by Virgil Thomson and Bobby McFerrin, and Joseph Jongen’s Chant de Mai
Elizabeth Davenport

May 18
William Albright An Alleluia Super-Round and other gems
Ryan Fordice, Divinity School ministry studies student

May 25
Thomas Tallis If ye Love Me, Gerre Hancock Listen, Sweet Dove, and Ernst Bloch’s In Memoriam for organ
Yvonne Gilmore, associate dean, Disciples Divinity House

June 1 LAST CHORAL SUNDAY of the ACADEMIC YEAR
Vaughan Williams Mass in G
Bromleigh McCleneghan

June 8 PENTECOST / ALUMNI WEEKEND
The Decani sing two settings of Ascendit Deus by Peter Phillips and Jacob Handl, with two settings for organ of Komm, heiliger Geist by J.S. Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude
Elizabeth Davenport

June 15 CONVOCATION WEEKEND
Music of Z. Randall Stroope, and Widor’s famous Toccata (Symphonie V)
Elizabeth Davenport

Rockefeller Chapel Choir

One of the oldest choral ensembles in the Chicago area, the Chapel Choir is composed of auditioned members from the University and the community. The choir continues its tradition of presenting sacred choral masterpieces from around the world in concert and worship, including choral evensongs each quarter. Charles Montgomery Gray Scholars are undergraduate students who play a leading role in the Chapel Choir, funded by generous gifts given in Charles Montgomery Gray memory. The Decani, formerly the Rockefeller Sixteen, specialize in offering early music and other music suited to a small vocal ensemble.

The beautiful sound of the Chapel Choir rehearsing sacred masterworks of all musical styles and periods May be heard Thursday evenings, 7 pm to 8:15 pm during autumn, winter, and spring academic terms.

The E.M. Skinner Organ

The magnificent E.M. Skinner pipe organ, opus 634, can be heard during Sunday services, in concert (for example the Rockefeller Gala and Gerrish organ recitals), and in recital on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm for Tea and Pipes.

The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Carillon

The 72-bell Laura Spelman Rockefeller carillon, installed in the Chapel in 1932, is played following Sunday services at 12:15 pm and at 12 noon and 5 pm during the week throughout the academic year.

Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and Easter at Rockefeller

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday March 5
Ash Wednesday services 8 am, 12 noon, and 7 pm at Bond Chapel
“Ashes to go” throughout the day from 8:30 am at Rockefeller

Palm Sunday
April 13, 11 am
James Kallembach St. John Passion

Maundy Thursday
April 17, 7 pm
Elegies for solo cello, with Jean Hatmaker, cello

Good Friday
April 18, 12 pm
Good Friday vigil

Easter Sunday
April 20, 11 am
Franz Schubert Mass in G, and festival Easter music with brass quartet, organ works by Jean Langlais and Lynnwood Farnam
Dean Elizabeth Davenport