Chicago Choro Club



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The current 8-week session
started March 19.

   Beers and Brazil!

CCC instructors Julie Koidin & John Beard
will be offering up Choro at nearby
Sketchbook Brewing monthly
on select Tuesdays through May.

Roda de Choro 

The next Roda de Choro
Sunday, May 21

at the MO


 April 25, May 23



Chicago Choro Club


What is “Choro”?

Choro is an instrumental Brazilian popular music genre that originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. It’s a close cousin of samba.

Despite its name – which in Portuguese is “cry” or “lament” - choro often has a fast and happy rhythm. It is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation and subtle modulations, and is full of syncopation and counterpoint. Choro is considered the first characteristically Brazilian genre of urban popular music.

In recent years, choro has been starting to take hold in countries outside of Brazil. Chicago’s venerable Jazz Showcase presented choro for the first time in 2015. Following suit with the worldwide spread of choro clubs, we are calling our community gathering and instruction the “Chicago Choro Club.”

Come to The Musical Offering on Sundays and be part of the wave! 


Choro Classes


About the Classes


The Musical Offering, Evanston’s Community Music School, is hosting weekly classes in Brazilian choro on Sundays from 10:30am – 11:30am. Classes are coordinated by flutist, choro researcher, and member of the MO’s Ondas Ensemble, Julie Koidin.

Classes are open to students of all ages and available for woodwinds, strings, brass, and percussion players. Classes are taught by notable Chicago area Brazilian musicians and musicians fluent in Brazilian styles. Music will be provided but students must provide their own instruments.

For information on obtaining a cavaquinho or pandeiro, click here.


About the Monthly Roda de Choro
(Monthly Community Jam)

Students of the Chicago Choro Club will be coached on the music to  be played at the Roda de Choro. It will be an opportunity for the students to not only play with each other but to also meet and perform with musicians from the broader community.

As is typical in so many Brazilian communities, the Roda de Choro is a not so much a performance but rather a relaxed atmosphere where students can experiment with their skills and socialize.

Come join us!


Winter/Spring Session II

Sundays 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Starting Sunday, March 19

Eight weeks ending May 22
No classes on Apr 16 (Easter) or May 15 (Mother's Day) 


Roda de Choro
(Jam Session)

Winter/Spring Session II
Sunday, April 2 and
Sunday, May 21


Additional Rodas take place between monthly dates. The next one is set for Sunday, April 9 at at The Amazing Kale Burger on Howard Street.








If you missed the recent Booster fundraiser, don't worry! 

There are still a few extra shirts for sale!
Contact Julie Koidin of the CCC to see what size/color combinations are available.  


The Chicago Choro Club - How choro is coming to the Windy City and its airwaves
-article by the Pipeline 

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