On the first three Sundays of the month and Baha'i holy days or special events, the 30-member a cappella choir fills the auditorium with awe-inspiring works that ring from on high in the domed structure. (Call ahead to confirm that the choir will be singing on a particular day: 847-853-2300.)
The singers are literally out of sight (in the balcony above the auditorium) so listeners can feel the music with their heart and soul, says choir director Van Gilmer, a Baha'i and award-winning composer.
The choir, whose members come from near and far, performs songs set to Baha'i scripture as well as sacred writings from the world’s religions. The all-embracing approach, a tenet of the Baha'i Faith, “brings together religions and celebrates God,” says Mr. Gilmer, whose style crosses racial and ethnic boundaries.
Like the Baha'i Faith itself, the House of Worship Choir’s members are a diverse group, representing a range of ethnicities and ages.
Sign up for the House of Worship eNewsletter to have information emailed to you about the choir, special events and other information about the Baha'i Temple.
See the Baha’i Choir website for additional information about the singers, the music, the calendar of events, and music for sale.
A Cappella choir made up of singers ages 9 to 16 years of age.
Sacred Songs LIVE
CDs recorded at the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Choral Music Festivals are available for $20 each. Please send a check payable to the Baha’i Services Fund (earmarked “Music”) to:
Baha’i House of Worship
100 Linden Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
Shipping is $3 for (</=) 3 CD’s.. $6.00 (</=) 7CD’s.. $8.00 (</=) 10 CD’s.
You also may make arrangements to use a credit card to purchase the CD. Contact Carlos Serrano at the House of Worship at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-853-2337.
High quality recordings of 'Sacred Songs LIVE IV' are also available at CD Baby.