Elmhurst Choral Union’s conductor and artistic director, Scott Uddenberg, is a well-known conductor, soloist, professional chorister, and educator in the Chicago area. He is the founder and director of the Elmhurst Choral Union Chamber Singers.
His first interaction with ECU was as an invited soloist by then conductor James MacDonald. MacDonald further invited him to guest conduct ECU in 2014. He was named to the position of conductor and artistic director by the ECU board permanently in the summer of 2016.
Uddenberg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education from DePauw University and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University. In addition to ECU’s annual performances, including the most recently added Microwave Masterpieces, Scott has prepared the chorus for performances with Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra.
The Elmhurst Choral Union Chamber Singers have performed for diverse audiences including at the Naperville Cup of Cheer, Elmhurst Spring Road Tree-lighting, Elmhurst Holly Trolley, Elmhurst Garden Fair, Elmhurst Art Museum, Villa Park Community Center, in addition to performances of the national anthem for The Schaumburg Boomers and Kane County Cougars baseball teams.
As Director of Music and Worship at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Schaumburg, his groups have worked collaboratively with Lutheran Choir of Chicago, Hoffman Estates High School, performed at Orchestra Hall for their Merry, Merry Chicago holiday concerts and under the direction of Simon Carrington.
A longtime member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Grant Park Chorus, Scott has performed with some of the greatest conductors in history. With those ensembles he has appeared in performance at Carnegie Hall, London and Berlin. He has also appeared on motion picture soundtracks and Grammy award-winning recordings. He’s worked with the world’s finest choral conductors including Margaret Hillis, Thomas Peck, Donald Palumbo, Christopher Bell, David Randolph, Sir David Willcocks, Terry Edwards, and Duain Wolfe.
Uddenberg also serves on the music and theater faculty at Elmhurst University where his responsibilities include teaching classes, voice and directing for the school’s theater program.
Scott’s photo is courtesy of Imagineering Studios.