New Tradition Chorus: A "best-kept" secret

Updated 3/30/2023 9:54 AM

It's not unusual for someone who has attended a New Tradition Chorus concert to suggest that this chorus is a "best kept secret."

Stew Campbell, a new member of New Tradition, is glad to be singing again. "I have wonderful memories of singing in school and I missed it. After attending a New Tradition concert, a member of the chorus encouraged me to attend a rehearsal. I was hooked. I joined, and I'm loving every minute of it."


Like Stew, some members have prior experience singing while others do not. Both benefit from the many tools the chorus provides to help all singers be the best they can be.

Mitch Greenberg, the director of New Tradition points out that in addition to the vocal instruction at each week's rehearsal, "we provide learning tracks, and occasional one-on-one sessions."

This focus on members and the camaraderie that develops are the reasons members often give for remaining in the chorus. Many singers have been part of the chorus for over 25 years.

The New Tradition Chorus was formed in 1982, and has produced two shows every year since then. Even during the pandemic, members met on Zoom and created two virtual shows, recording their parts from home.

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The chorus' success and longevity come from its commitment to excellence in singing and entertaining, in the a cappella style. Its varied repertoire includes hundreds of songs from the '40s big band era, '50s rock & roll, Broadway and Disney to the current Spring Show, "A Blast From The Past," featuring music from the '70s and '80s.

If you have been thinking about getting involved in singing or would just like to see what New Tradition is all about, stop by any Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Open rehearsals for all voice parts are at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook.

For information and to purchase tickets to the upcoming Spring Show, on May 6 or 7 in Arlington Heights, visit

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