Calendar

Future Performances:

31 January December 2016, 3:50 pm

  • Schubertaide Chicago
    • PianoForte Studios
    • 1335 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
    • Mark Crayton, Countertenor & James Janssen, Piano
    • https://www.pianofortefoundation.org/concert/schubertiade-chicago

18 February 2016, 7:30 pm

  • CCPA Conservatory Chorus and Chorale. 
    • Cheryl Frazes-Hill, Conductor and Mark Crayton, Conductor
      • MountainTop by JacobTV
      • Deep River by Paulsson
      • Lift Every Voice and Sing by Traditional
      • Kin to Sorrow by Paulus
      • Song of Ezekiel by Torke
      • Nothin’ Gonna Stumble My Feet by Gilpin
      • In Bright Mansions by Traditional
      • Great Day! by Traditional

18 March & 19 March 2016, 7:30 pm

  • “Four in One”
    • Captain Lovelock by Duke
    • A Hand of Bridge by Barber
    • Sunday Excursion by Wilder
    • He Who Says Yes (sung in English) by Weill
      • Junior & Senior Opera Theater, CCPA, 
      • Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University
      • Mark Crayton, Stage Director
      • Shannon McGinnis, Musical Director

24 March 2016, 7:30 pm

  • Bob Chilcott: St. John Passion
    • A Good Friday Passion for Chorus and Soloists
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir, James Janssen, Organist
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

27 March 2016, 10:30 am

  • Franz Schubert: Mass No. 4 in C major, D 452
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir, James Janssen, Organist
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

16 April 2016, 7:30 pm

  • Va! Pensiero!"
  • Freshman - Sophomore Showcase
    • Join CCPA freshman and sophomore voice students as they present scenes from operas, operettas, and musicals that made a difference in our understanding of social justice!
    • Ganz Hall. CCPA, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director and Music Director

19 April 2016, 7:30 pm

  • “Vitamin B”  
    • with James Janssen, Organ; Kate Shuldiner, Gamba; Laura Handler, Cello
    • a recital exploring unusual Baroque composers starting with the letter “B"
    • Ganz Hall. CCPA, Roosevelt University




Past Performances:

24 December 2015, 10:00 pm

  • A Christmas Eve Celebration
    • Concert/Prelude of Christmas Carols for Soloists and Choir
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir, James Janssen, Organist
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

28 & 29 November 2015

  • Masterclasses
    • The Hap’ning Place (London, UK)
      • Vocal masterclass for 15 singers.
      • http://www.hapningplace.com 

26 November 2015

  • Masterclass
    • The Hap’ning Place (London, UK)
      • Vocal masterclass for 10 singers.
      • http://www.hapningplace.com 

11 November 2015

  • Masterclasses
    • University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, IN
      • Vocal masterclass for 4 singers (8 participants).
        • For the Graduate Program in Sacred Music 
      • Vocal masterclass for 4 singers (30 participants).
        • For the Undergraduate Voice Program

7 November 2015, 7:30 pm

  • Dance a Cachucha, Fandango, Bolero!
  • Celebrating W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)”  
  • Freshman - Sophomore Showcase
    • Operetta and Operatic Ensembles are highlighted and celebrated!!
    • Ganz Hall. CCPA, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director and Music Director

30 October 2015, 12:10 pm

  • Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro Della Beata Vergine
  • G. B. Martini:  Domine ad Adjuvandum me Festina
  • BAldassare Galuppi:  Dixit Dominus
  • Gwyneth Walker:  Let Evening Come
    • Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL
    • CCPA Chorale & Choir , Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

5 April 2015, 10:30 am

  • Franz Schubert: Mass No. 2 in G major, D 167
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs. 1. Easter
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir, James Janssen, Organist
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

3 April 2015, 7:30 pm

  • Charles Wood: St. Mark Passion
    • A Good Friday Passion for Chorus and Soloists
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir, James Janssen, Organist
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

21 March 2015 & 23 March 2015, 7:30 pm

  • Carl Orff. 
    • Chicago Sinfonietta, Symphony Center, Chicago, IL
    • http://www.chicagosinfonietta.org/1415season/
    • CCPA Chorale & Choir , Roosevelt University
    • Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
    • Cheryl Frazes-Hill, Choral Prep Conductor
    • Mark Crayton, Choral Prep Conductor

28 March 2015, 7:30 pm

  • “To Life!”  Freshman - Sophomore Showcase
    • Operetta and Operatic Ensembles are highlighted and celebrated!!
    • Ganz Hall. CCPA, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director and Music Director

20 February & 21 February 2015, 7:30 pm

  • Francesco Cavalli:  La Calisto
    • Junior & Senior Opera Theater, CCPA, Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director
    • Elizabeth Parker, Musical Director

12 February 2015, 7:30 pm

  • Benjamin Britten: Rejoince in the Lamb. 
    • CCPA Chorale & Choir with the CCPA Wind Ensemble, Stephen Squires, Conductor 
    • Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University
    • Cheryl Frazes-Hill, Conductor
    • Mark Crayton, Choral Prep Conductor

21 January 2015

  • Masterclass
    • University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, IN
      • Vocal masterclass for 4 singers (8 participants).
      • For the Graduate Program in Sacred Music 

17 January 2015

  • Masterclass
    • Merit School of Music. Chicago, IL
      • Vocal masterclass for 4 singers (25 participants).
      • For High School singers preparing for the college entrance auditions. 

24 December 201, 10:00 pm

  • Camille Saint-Saens: Christmas Oratorio
    • A Christmas Oratorio for Chorus and Soloists
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir, James Janssen, Organist
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

16 November 2014, 12:10 pm

  • Henry Purcell: Te Deum. 
    • Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, Northbrook, IL
    • CCPA Chorale & Choir , Roosevelt University
    • Lawrence Rapchak, Conductor
    • Cheryl Frazes-Hill, Conductor
    • Mark Crayton, Choral Prep Conductor

14 November 2014, 12:10 pm

  • Henry Purcell: Te Deum. 
    • Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL
    • CCPA Chorale & Choir , Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

8 November 2014, 7:30 pm

  • “With Joyous Shout!”  Freshman - Sophomore Showcase
    • English and American solo ensemble repertoire is featured!
    • Ganz Hall. CCPA, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director and Music Director

15 November 2014

  • Two (2) Masterclass
    • University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, IN
      • 2 Vocal masterclass for 10 singers.
      • For the Graduate Program in Sacred Music as well as the 
      • Undergraduate Vocal Performance program

11 October 2014, 7:30 pm

  • “Its All Classical”  
    • with James Janssen, Fortepiano
    • a recital exploring unknown song repertoire from the Classical Era
    • Ganz Hall. CCPA, Roosevelt University

4 May 2014, 5:00 pm

  • Benefit for the Voice Scholarships of CCPA
    • Ganz Hall. CCPA, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Countertenor (with voice faculty of CCPA)

20 April 2014, 10:30 am

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Missa brevis in C, K. 220 "Spatzenmesse"
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir, James Janssen, Organist
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

18 April 2014, 7:30 pm

  • Arthur Somervell: The Passion of Christ
    • A Good Friday Passion for Chorus and Soloists
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir, James Janssen, Organist
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor


5 April 2014, 7:30 pm

  • “Amore!”  Freshman - Sophomore Showcase
    • Ganz Hall. CCPA, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director and Music Director

21 March 2014, 12:10 pm

  • “To a Greater Choral Union!” CCPA Chorale and CCPA Choir
    • Exploring music spanning 400 years, changing personnel as called for in the music.
    • Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

14 February & 15 February 2014, 7:30 pm

  • Henry Purcell:  Dido and Aeneas / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Bastien and Bastienne
    • Junior & Senior Opera Theater, CCPA, Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director

24 December 2013, 10:00 pm

  • C. B. Hawley: The Christ Child
    • A Christmas Cantata for Chorus and Soloists
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir, James Janssen, Organist
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

29 November 2013

  • Masterclass
    • The Hap’ning Place (London, UK)
      • Vocal masterclass for 15 singers.
      • http://www.hapningplace.com 

15 November 2013, 12:10 pm

  • Benjamin Britten: Ceremony of Carols. 
    • Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL
    • CCPA Chorale , Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

9 November 2013, 7:30 pm

  • “Basingstoke!”  Freshman - Sophomore Showcase
    • Gilbert and Sullivan at their best!
    • Ganz Hall. CCPA, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director and Music Director


12 October 2013, 7:30 pm

  • “Sacred Heart”  
    • with James Janssen, Harpsichord & Kate Shuldiner, ‘Gamba
    • a recital exploring sacred song repertoire
    • Ganz Hall. CCPA, Roosevelt University


29 November 2013

  • Two (2) Masterclass
    • University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, IN
      • 2 Vocal masterclass for 10 singers.
      • For the Graduate Program in Sacred Music as well as the 
      • Undergraduate Vocal Performance program

24 September 2013, 8:00 pm

  • “Sacred Heart”  
    • with James Janssen, Harpsichord & Kate Shuldiner, ‘Gamba
    • a recital exploring sacred song repertoire
    • University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, IN


28 May 2012; 31 May 2012; 3 June 2012

  • CCPA Chorale and Choir, Conductor
    • the Rolling Stones (50 & Counting Tour)
      • Conducted choral back-up.  

24 May 2013

  • Masterclass (If you can breathe, you can sing!)
    • Classical Singer Convention.  Boston, MA
      • Masterclass for 50 singers.  Five singers participated directly.

27 April 201

  • Handel is fun!
    • Handel Week.  Dennis Northway, Conductor
    • Mark Crayton, Soloist.

20 April 2013

  • Masterclass
    • St. David’s High School (Toronto, Canada)
      • Vocal masterclass for 50 singers. 

12 April 2013

  • Judith Shatin:  I am rose. 
    • CCPA Chorale , Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

6 April 2013

  • “How can I keep from signing?”  Freshman - Sophomore Showcase
    • Ganz Hall. CCPA, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director and Music Director

31 March 2013

  • Joseph Haydn: Missa in Angustiis ("Nelson Mass" Hob. XXII:11)
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir, James Janssen, Organist
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

29 March 2013

  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir, James Janssen, Organist
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

12 March 2013

  • Spring Concert
    • CCPA Chorale , Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

8 February & 9 February 2013

  • Alessandro Scarlatti:  The Triumph of Honor / Douglas Moore: Gallantry
    • Junior & Senior Opera Theater, CCPA, Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director

18 January 2013

  • Masterclass
    • Mattawan High School (Mattawan, MI)
      • Vocal masterclass for 30 singers.

1 December 2012

  • “One Day More!”  Freshman - Sophomore Showcase
    • Ganz Hall. CCPA, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director and Music Director

11 November 2012

  • Francis Poulenc: Gloria
    • CCPA Chorale , Roosevelt University. 
    • Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Allen Tinkham, Music Director
    • Mark Crayton, Co-Conductor (with Cheryl Frazes Hill)

27 October 2012

  • Masterclass
    • Chicago NATS (READY! Get ready for your college audition!)
      • College audition prep class for 60 singers. Six singers participated directly.  

19 October - 24 October 2012

  • Baroque Band. Garry Clarke, Conductor
    • “All the King’s Men"
    • Mark Crayton, Soloist.

19 October 2012

  • Benjamin Britten:  Missa Brevis in D, Op. 63
    • CCPA Chorale. Fourth Presbyterian Church. Chicago, IL. 
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

27 July 2012

  • Masterclass
    • Italian Lyric Academy (Viterbo, Italy)
      • Vocal masterclass for 25 singers. Six singers participated directly. 

22 July - 26 July 201

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte
    • Tuscia Opera Festival. Viterbo Italy
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director

26 May 2012

  • Masterclass (READY! Get ready for your college audition!)
    • Classical Singer Convention.  Chicago, IL
      • Masterclass for 25 singers.  

13 April & 14 April 2012

  • Leonard Bernstein: Candide
    • Junior & Senior Opera Theater, CCPA, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director

6 April 2012

  • Charles Wood: The Passion of Our Lord According to St. Mark
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir, James Janssen, Organist
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

31 March 2012

  • “A Night at the Operetta!”  Freshman - Sophomore Showcase
    • Ganz Hall. CCPA, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director and Music Director

26 March 2012

  • Treble Voices
    • CCPA Chorale , Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

2 February 2012

  • Thomas Beveridge: Yizkor Requiem
    • CCPA Chorale & Choir with CCPA Orchestra, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Co-Conductor (with Cheryl Frazes Hill)

20 January 2012

  • Masterclass
    • Mattawan High School (Mattawan, MI)
      • Vocal masterclass for 30 singers.

6 January 2012

  • “One Night Only” Benefit Concert
    • Arrowhead High School. Hartland, WI
    • Mark Crayton, Countertenor; James Janssen, Piano

15 December  2011

  • Masterclass
    • ChiArts (Chicago Performing Arts High School)
      • Vocal masterclass for 30 singers. Five singers particpated directly. 

27 November 2011

  • Masterclass
    • The Hap’ning Place Conservatory (London, U.K.)
      • Vocal masterclass for 20 singers.

23 November 2011

  • Masterclass
    • The Hap’ning Place Conservatory (London, U.K.)
      • Vocal masterclass for 7 singers.

19 November 2011

  • Masterclass (An ornamented life!)
    • Chicago NATS Student Chapger.  Chicago, IL
      • Masterclass on ornamentation for 20 singers.  

5 November 2011

  • “Oh Joyous Boon, Oh Mad Delight”  Freshman - Sophomore Showcase
    • Ganz Hall. CCPA, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director and Music Director

20 October 2011

  • English Baroque Anthems
    • CCPA Chorale, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

23 September 2011

  • Viva Vivaldi! Celebrating the Secular Cantatas of Vivaldi
    • Ganz Hall, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Countertenor; James Janssen, Harpsichord; Laura Handler, ‘Cello

20 May 2011

  • Masterclass (READY! Get ready for your college audition!)
    • Classical Singer Convention.  Los Angeles, CA
      • Masterclass for 25 singers.  

24 April 2011

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Missa brevis No. 9 in B-flat major K. 275/272b
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir, James Janssen, Organist
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

22 April 2011

  • Georg Böhm: Passion nach dem Evangelisten Johannes
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Choir, James Janssen, Organist
    • Mark Crayton, Conductor

2 April & 3 April 2011

  • Gilbert & Sullivan: Mikado
    • Junior & Senior Opera Theater, CCPA, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Stage Director

27 March 2011

  • George Frideric Handel: Messiah (HWV 56)  
    • City Voices / Music at First.  William Chin, Conductor
    • Mark Crayton, Soloist

19 March 2011

  • George Frideric Handel: Messiah (HWV 56)  
    • City Voices / Music at First.  William Chin, Conductor
    • Mark Crayton, Soloist

2 March 2011

  • Leonard Bernstein: The Lark  
    • CCPA Concert Choir, Roosevelt University. Cheryl Frazes HIll, Conductor
    • Mark Crayton, Soloist

22 January 2011

  • Masterclass
    • Mattawan High School (Mattawan, MI)
      • Vocal masterclass for 30 singers.

7 January 2011

  • “One Night Only” Benefit Concert
    • Arrowhead High School. Hartland, WI
    • Mark Crayton, Countertenor; James Janssen, Piano

1 December 2010

  • George Frideric Handel: Messiah (HWV 56)  
    • Baroque BAnd.  Garry Clarke, Conductor
    • Mark Crayton, Soloist

17 September 2010

  • Fatto in Italia! Celebrating Italian Song Repertoire!
    • Ganz Hall, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University
    • Mark Crayton, Countertenor; Sheldon Miller, Piano

22 May 2010

  • Masterclass
    • Arrowhead High School (Hartland, WI)
      • Vocal masterclass for 30 singers.

7 March 2010 - 3.00 pm

  • G F Handel: Rodelinda (Unolfo)
    • Handel Week Festival at Oak Park, IL
    • Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St., Oak Park, IL. 60301-1298
    • Kimberly McCord, Gerald Frantzen, Philip Kraus and the Handel Week Orchestra
    • Dennis Northway, conductor

27 January 2010 - 8:00 pm

  • Recital:  Try Me Good King
    • (a recital based on the texts written by or about the Tudors)
    • Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, 430 S Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60605
    • Susanna Phillips, soprano
    • Mark Crayton, countertenor
    • Yasuko Oura, piano

November 22, 2009 - 3.00 pm

  • Zelenka: Magnificat
    • De Paul Concert Hall, Chicago IL
    • DePaul Community Chorus and Orchestra
    • Stephen Blackwelder, Conductor

Dates of earlier events available upon request. 


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