NIU, area high schools present ‘The Big Sing’ to celebrate choral music

DeKALB – A live choral concert with a chance for the community to sing-a-long at various points, promises to be a fun-filled afternoon at the newly renovated Egyptian Theatre.

“The Big Sing,” to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, features local choral ensembles Cor Cantiamo, the Northern Illinois University Concert Choir and the concert choirs from DeKalb High School and Sycamore High School.

The event will celebrate the passion and artistry of choral ensembles in the DeKalb County area and welcome audiences back to live performances.

“We are all so excited to return to live concerts and share our music again with in-person audiences,” Eric Johnson, director of Choral Activities at NIU and president of Cor Cantiamo, said in a news release. “This will be a great opportunity for the community to come experience the power of live music and learn about all the wonderful choirs we have in our county.”

Each choir will perform a 12 to 15 minute solo concert and in between the choir performances, the audience will be asked to join in community sing-alongs led by participating conductors.

Cor Cantiamo is a professional chamber choir whose creative programming and artistry weave contemporary music with choral masterworks to present concerts designed to inspire and engage audiences. This ensemble-in-residence at Northern Illinois University School of Music has achieved critical acclaim and recognition for their musicality, impassioned performances and versatility.

Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $5 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets are available at or by calling 815-758-1215.

The Egyptian Theatre, located at 135 N. Second St. in downtown DeKalb, is owned and operated by Preservation of Egyptian Theatre Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit