Chicago Choro Club



Summer Registration

is open now!

Classes on the following Sundays:

June 4, 11, 25,
July 9, 16, 23, 30

Visit our Registration page.

   Beers and Brazil!

Coming Tuesday, August 1st, CCC instructors
Julie Koidin & John Beard will continue offering up Choro at nearby
Sketchbook Brewing. Music starts at 7:30 PM.
Stop by for great world music and great local beer!

Roda de Choro 

The summer
Roda de Choro


Sunday, July 9th

11:30 am

The Chicago Choro Club invites you to a special workshop with renowned, visiting Brazilian guitarist/vocalist




Badi Assad is one of those rare artists who mix different musical influences into her work. Very early she learned that it was possible to play more than one instrument at the same time, producing another sound simultaneously with her voice. This is all due to years of research in music, especially in ethnic music. Badi absorbed brazilian instrumental, world music, the music of the Pygmies, Indians, hip-hop (beatbox), brazilian popular music, jazz, etc.


Who should attend? Singers, dancers, instrumentalists (all strings, piano, wind, percussion, etc), etc. Skill level required is moderate, but participants should have a minimum sense of rhythm. More about Badi and how to register for this one-time workshop can be found here.

 **Sunday, June 18**

11:00 AM at
the annual Custer Fair

follow by a roda on Custer Ave next to the MO!

**Sunday July 16**
1:15 PM at
Evanston World Arts & Music Festival



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!



Summer Session
begins June 4th

Register here

June 4, 11, 25,
July 9, 16, 23, 30

10:30 - 11:30 AM



Roda de Choro
(Jam Session)

Summer Session
Sunday, June 18 and
Sunday, July 16


Additional Rodas take place between monthly dates. The next one is set for Sunday, June 11 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
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