A feast of words and music

On Sunday mornings at 11 am, we celebrate a broadly Christian liturgy in a rhythm dating to 1928: ecumenical worship with readings from many world traditions and sermons from community and faculty leaders. Communion is offered freely to all who choose to receive. 

These services feature the E.M. Skinner Organ, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Carillon, and the voices of students and professionals alike in musical settings past and present. Newly commissioned works by our resident campus composers and many others are regularly premiered. At least once per quarter, the Rockefeller Children's Choir performs exuberant works speaking across traditions. On each Christmas Eve at 4 pm, a service of Lessons and Carols brings everything together with an unforgettable pageant and a space full of candlelight.

Upcoming Sundays

October 6 Rockefeller Chapel Choir, Orchestra, and soloists perform J.S. Bach’s Cantata, BWV 29
October 13 Music of William Walton Jubilate Deo and Thomas Tallis Salvator Mundi I
October 20 Choral scholars and Artists in Residence sing music of Orlande de Lassus Missa Octavi Toni
October 27 Shall We Gather at the River: arr. Aaron Copland and Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal: arr. Parker/Shaw
November 3

Music of Charles Stanford Beati quorum via and Justorum animae plus Gregorian chant from the Requiem Mass

Special note: All Saints Sunday we will list and read the names of those in our community who have died in the past year.  If you have someone to add to the list, please contact Jane Bohnsack in our office at jbohnsack@uchicago.edu or call our main line at 773.702.2667.  If you leave a phone message, please be sure to include the correct spelling of those you wish to be remembered.

November 10 Rockefeller Children’s Choir; The Rev. Dr. Micah T.J. Jackson, President of the Bexley Seabury Seminary, preaching
November 17 Music of Stephen Paulus Pilgrim’s Hymn and Edward Elgar Ave verum corpus
November 24 Music of Pavel Chesnokoff Salvation is Created and Alexander Gretchaninoff Cherubic Hymn
December 1 Music of Charles Wood O Thou the Central Orb and Edvard Grieg Ave maris stella
December 8 Choral Scholars and Artists in Residence sing Paul Manz E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come and Giovanni Martini Jerusalem surge
December 15 Artist in Residence Carl Alexander will sing arias for the season
December 22 Artist in Residence Matthew Dean sings Medieval Carols for Advent


Palm/Passion Sunday | April 5, 11 am
Rockefeller Chapel Choir and soloists continue the tradition of chanting the Passion story, with music of Francis Poulenc.

Maundy Thursday | April 9, 7:30 pm
A Leipzig Vespers for Maundy Thursday, featuring music of Bach, Schu╠łtz, and Schein, with service music for Vespers from Bach’s own time.

Good Friday | April 10, 7:30 pm
University organist Thomas Weisflog plays Marcel Dupré's masterwork Le Chemin de la Croix (The Way of the Cross) on the E.M. Skinner for Good Friday. Kenneth Northcott reads poems of Paul Claudel in English translation.

Easter Sunday | April 12, 11 am
Festive hymns with brass and music of Bairstow and Healey Willan. Rockefeller's annual Easter egg hunt for children will follow the service.