1. CONDUCTOR: 1984 - Present


          Conducting Experience:



          North Shore Musician's Club Chorus, 1984 - 1991

          Conductor of Musician's Club Women's Chorus that

          regularly performed extended works for that genre.


          The Lutheran Choir of Chicago, 1984 - 1990

          Founded in 1948, this choir has a long tradition of

          unaccompanied music including Bach motets; as

          conductor revived chorus and brought

          it to a higher artistic level.


          Light Opera Works, 1986 -  June, 1999

          Chorus master that has garnered regular critical

          acclaim in the major Chicago press for the professional

          quality and excellence of the choruses.  Began 1996

          to also regularly conduct mainstage productions.


          Chicago Children's Choir, 1988 - 1996, 1998-1999

          Was the longest tenured staff member at the time,

          and key contributor to the significant growth and

          stabilization of the artistic product of this venerable

          Chicago institution.  Conducted choruses at every

          level of the organization to general acclaim.


          North Shore Hotel Chorus, 1989 - 1999

          Conductor of senior chorus at retirement hotel, at the

          time of Northway’s tenure the age ranges of the

          youngest singer was approximately 80 and the oldest was



          Fleur de Lys, 1990 - 1995

          Founder and artistic director; was primary

          conductor of this professional chamber ensemble

          dedicated to the music of the nineteenth century.


          The Park Forest Singers, 1994 - 1997

          Artistic Director of already distinguished choral

          ensemble of the Chicago south suburbs.  The

          auditioned chorus had grown from 41 to over 90 and

          a community children's choir with 50 young singers

          was begun under his aegis.


          VanderCook College of Music, 1995 - July, 1998

          Was full associate professor and also taught

          elementary /secondary/high school methods, advanced

          theory, and advanced conducting, both undergraduate

          and graduate.


          Handel Week Festival, Oak Park, IL 2000 –

          Annual festival week of concerts with world-class

          performances of the works of Handel for soli, chorus

          and orchestra.


          Owensboro Symphony Orchestra Chorus, 2000–2002

          Rejuvenated a distinguished choral program.  Hailed

          as a key addition to the community at large.


          Kentucky Wesleyan College 2000–2002

          Jump-started anew a once distinguished program of a

          fine collegiate touring choir.


          Jack London Middle School 2002 -

          Of 750 learners, half of the school are now in school

          choruses including some 190 boys.




          Metropolitan Methodist Church, Alton, IL, 1979 - 1981

          Stabilized children's and adult choir programs and began

          an organ recital series.


          St. Paul Lutheran Church, Addison, IL, 1981 - 1994

          Music director and Organist who brought adult choir

          to competency level to sing Bach Cantatas and give

          public concerts.


          McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL,

          1990 - 1992   Played for services, assisted with worship

          planning and directed choirs and ensembles for worship

          and special events.


          Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL, 1994 - present

          Parish musician, began Lenten and Advent organ

          recital series, an early music ensemble called

          Collegium: Fête de Grace, a Handel festival, and a

          touring community children's choir, an early childhood

          choir, a high-school Madrigal choir, and one adult choir.



        PANELIST & AJUDICATOR: 1994 - present



          District 21 Choral Festival, Buffalo Grove/Wheeling

          IL., 26 October & 1 November, 1994 Clinician and

          Festival conductor 2 & 6 November, 1995  The first

          clinician in over 30 years of the festival to be invited

          back for a second year


          Chicago Area Kodaly Educators Association

          21 January, 1995 Workshop leader and lecturer


          Madison Children's Choir Youth Choir Festival

          Madison, WI. 22 February, 1995 Festival conductor

          and clinician for four schools and the M. C. C.


          Rockford IL.Chapter, American Guild of Organists

          1995 Youth Choir Festival, 25/26 February, 1995

          Festival conductor and clinician for nearly 300 children

          from area churches


          Presenter South Side Arts Partnership

          Chicago, IL 5 September, 1995


          Presenter Fox Valley Chapter of American Guild of Org.

          Clergy – Musician Relationships 30 Oct. 1995


          Clinician Wheeling/Buffalo Grove District 21

          Choral festival 2 & 6 November, 1995


          Illinois Music Educators Association District VII

          Elementary Choral Festival, 4 November, 1995

          Guest conductor and clinician


          Choral Clinician Carl Fischer

          Reading Session 19 January, 1996


          Clinician Chicago Chapter of  AGO, Church Music

          Workshop, 1st Baptist Congregational Church         

          10 February, 1996        


          DuPage County IL. Music Clinic, 1 March, 1996

          Clinician and workshop leader for all vocal teachers in

          the district


          Suburban IL. Lutheran Fine Arts Festival,

          15 March, 1996 Festival conductor, clinician and



          S. I. C. A. Choral Division Choir Festival,

          22 March, 1996  Festival clinician for eight high school

          choir festival


          Jackson High School, Jackson, MN., 23 March, 1996



          North Scott High School, Eldridg, IA., 30 March, 1996



          Silver Lake High School, Silver Lake, KS., 4 April, 1996



          Roseau High School, Roseau, MN. 19 April, 1996



          Michigan City All-city Choral Music Festival

          Michigan City, IN., 25 April, 1996

          Festival Conductor and Clinician


          John Marshall High School, Rochester, MN.,

          27 April, 1996, Clinician


          Coleman/Egan High School Choir, Coleman, SD.,

          3 May, 1996, Clinician


          Rosemount H. S. Girl's Choir, Rosemount, MN.,

          10 May, 1996, Clinician


          Robbinsdale Armstrong H. S., Plymouth, MN.,

          11 May, 1996, Clinician


          Boyden/Hull High School, Hull, IA., 4 June, 1996



          Downer's Grove Children's Choir, Downer's Grove IL

          11 February, 1997 All-Day Clinician


          Conference Music Festival, Homewood IL

          11 February, 1997 Clinician and Festival Conductor


          Treynor High School Choir, Treynor, IA 20 March, 1997



          Watertown High School Choir, Watertown, WI

          11 April, 1997 Clinician


          Mexico High School Honors Choir, Mexico MO

          18 April, 1997  Clinician


          Music in the Parks Festival, Six Flags:Great America

          26 April, 1997 Festival Clinician


          Music in the Parks Festival, Six Flags: Great America

          2-3 May, 1997 Festival Clinician


          Festival of Music, Toronto, Canada 17 May, 1997

          Festival Clinician


          Boardman High School, Boardman 24 May, 1997



          The Chicago Temple: First United Methodis Church

          Fall Adult choir clinician, 27 September, 1997


          The Columbian Club, lecturer on Schubert,

          2 October, 1997


          Choral Clinician, Whitehall High School Choral

          Department, Whitehall, MI., 21 October, 1997.


          Choral / General Music Symposium Leader,

          VanderCook  College, 25 October, 1998.


          Band Clinician, Niles North High School,

          26 January, 1998.


          Choral Clinician, James Hart Middle School,

          HomewoodIL    9 February, 1998


          Choral Clinician, The Avery Coonley School, Downers

          Grove, IL., 13 March, 1998


          Chicago Orff Schulwerk Chapter, 14 March, 1998



          Choral Clinician, Edinburgh High School, Indiana

          VanderCook College, 20 March, 1998


          Choral Clinician, Greene High School, Iowa,

          VanderCook College, 3 April, 1998.


          Choral Clinician, VanderCook College, 14 April, 1998


          Choral Clinician, Warren Township High School,

          Gurnee, IL    16 April, 1998


          Festivals of Music, Clinician, Chicago, 18 April, 1998


          Choral Clinician, St. Margaret's School Choir, Vander

          Cook College, 24 April, 1998.


          Choral Clinician, Grand Forks Central High School,

          Grand Forks ND, VanderCook College of Music, 

          1 May, 1998


          E.T.C. World Events, Clinician, Rolling Meadows, IL.

          1/2 May, 1998


          Music in the Parks Festival, Six Flags: Great America

          15-16 May, 1998 Festival Clinician


          Music in the Parks Festival, Six Flags: Great America

          23 May, 1998 Festival Clinician


          Chicago Episcopal Diocese - Liturgy Day Clinician

          "Children, Singing & Worship: Make our Garden Grow"

          26 September, 1998.


          Choral Clinician, Whitehall High School Choral

          Department Whitehall, MI.,  October, 1998.


          Libertyville High School Choral Festival,

          Libertyville, IL., 22 October, 1998, Clinician.


          Illinois Music Educators Association, Elementary

          Festival conductor and Clinician 7 November, 1998


          Hartland at Orr Creek Middle School Choir

          3 December, 1998 Grace Episcopal Church, Clinician


          DePaul University - Music Educators National

          Conference Student Chapter Workshop

          11 February, 1999


          District 45 Choral Festival, Villa Park, IL.

          25 February, 1999 Clinician & Conductor


          Panelist - Illinois Arts Council

          Arts-In-Education Residency Program

          April, 1999


          Dexter High School, Dexter, MI

          8 May, 1999 Grace Episcopal Church, Clinician


          North Shore Middle School, Heartland Wisc.

          21 May, 1999 - Sheraton Hotel, Northbrook, IL, Clinician


          Goodrich High School, Goodrich, WI

          22 May, 1999 - Grace Episcopal Church, Clinician


          Western Michigan Choir School for Girls

          14 June, 1999 Grace Epicsopal Church, Clinician


          Chorus Master – Les Mamelles de Tiresias

          City of Chicago – “A World in a Weekend” series

          July, 1999


          Organ Recitalist – Holy Name CathedralChicago

          The Three Chorales of Cesar Franck, 1 Aug., 1999


          First Presbyterian Church, Wheaton, IL

          Clinician for Adult Choir Retreat

          St. Procopius Abbey, 11 Sept., 1999


          Organ Recitalist – Kingsway U.M.C. Springfield, MO

          17 October, 1999


          Clinician – “Boys Only!” Glen Ellyn Children’s Choir

          13 November, 1999  Glen Ellyn, IL


Music Director – Chicago Opera Theater

          Production of Handsel and Gretel of Humperdinck

          December, 1999


          Recitalist – The Organ Historical Society, Oak Park, IL

          Arts Center of Oak Park

          12 March, 2000


          Clinician – Lutheran Schools Fine Arts Festival

          Crystal Lake, IL 17 March, 2000


          Gateway Music Festivals, Elgin IL

          Clinician, 15 April, 2000


          Clinician - Springfield High School Choir

          Grace Church, Oak Park, 28 April, 2000


          Clinician – High School Chorus

          Grace Church, Oak Park 19 May, 2000


          Festival Clinician – Buffalo Grove Wheeling Dist. 21

          October 16, 2000, November 2, 2000


          Clinician Illinois Music Educators Association Dist. 7

          Waukegan, IL 4 November, 2000


          Organ Recitalist St. Raphael the Archangel, RC

          Naperville, IL 18 Febryary, 2001


          PanelistChicago Theological Seminary

          Singing a New Song: What’s Happening in Church Music

          Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow1 March, 2001


          Clinician Niles High School Choir  Gateway Festivals

          23 March, 2001


          Clinician Gateway Festivals Northwester University,

          Evanston IL  31 March, 2001


          Tour Conductor – Schola Choir of Grace Church to

          New York City, 20 – 23 April, 2001


          Conductor– Handel Festival, Oak Park

          28 April, 1 May, 6 May 2001


          Clinician Cambridge High School Gateway Festivals

          3 May, 2001 Grace Church, Oak Park


          Tour ConductorKentucky Wesleyan Singers to

          Nassau, Bahamas 14 – 17 May, 2001


          Clinician Sheraton Arlington Park High School

          Arlington Heights, IL 18 May, 2001


          OrganistChichester Psalms – The Heritage Chorale

          19 January, 2002


          Presenter – Art Start Project – Oak Park, IL

          4 February & ff. 2002


          Children’s Concert for Riverside Chapter of the

          Lyric Opera 10 February, 2002


          Conductor Owensboro Symphony Orchestra Chorus

          Durufle Requiem and Frostiana 22 February, 2002


          Tour Conductor – Grace Schola Choir to Nashville

          5-7 April, 2002


          Conductor-Handel Festival, Oak Park

          May, 2002


          ClinicianClarkson High School

          21 May, 2002


          Conductor – Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience

          Lyric Opera of Cleveland June- July, 2002


          Concert Presenter – Villa Scalabrini Retirement Home

          Madrigals of Grace Church  8 September, 2002


          Conference Musician - Chicago Diocese Convention

          Oakbrook, IL November, 2002


          Conference Musician - National Episcopal Church

          "Will Our Faith Have Children?" Christian Formation

          February, 2003


          Clinician IL Grade School Music Assn. Dist. 8

          Festival March, 2003


          Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor

          Oak Park River Forest Symphony Orchestra

          Mahler Symphony # 3, March, 2003


          Lecture and Performer A Musical Journey!

          Three Magnificent Churches Chicago IL April, 2003


          Clinician Goodrich High School

          April, 2003


          Tour Conductor - Schola Choir Tour to Milwaukee

          All Saints Cathedral, Milwaukee April, 2003                


          Conductor and Artistic Director - Handel Week 2003

          April - May, 2003


          Clinician Gateway Festivals

          May, 2003 Pick Staiger Concert Hall


          Conductor/Concert Presenter Midwest Kodaly Music

          Educators of America - Concert by the Madrigals

          3 October, 2003


          Recitalist With Glad Adoration: Bach and Beyond

          United Lutheran Church Oak Park, IL 5 Oct. 2003


          Conference Musician - Chicago Diocese Convention

          Oakbrook, IL November 2003


          Guest Artist Windy City String Ensemble

          Oak Park, IL December 2003


          Conductor and Artistic Director Handel Week 2004

          February, 2004


          Tour Conductor - Madrigal Choir Tour to Atlanta

          St. Phillip Cathedral, Atlanta February, 2004


          Clinician Minnehaha Academy Singers

          28 March, 2004            


          Clinician Rialto Children's Choir

          March, 2004 Joliet, Illinois


          Clinician Rockford High School Choir

          Minnesota  March, 2004


          Judge 2004 Gruenstein Memorial Organ Competition

          River Forest, IL   April, 2004


          Tour Conductor Schola Choir to Boston

          April, 2004          


          Musician for Ecumenical Service


          Grace Church, Oak Park, 6 June 2004


          Presenter Liturgy, the Child and Song:

          Singing their Story,  Diocese of Chicago,

          28 August Evanston, IL


          Recitalist Kingsway United Methodist Church

          3 October, 2004 Springfield, MO


          Presenter Worship with Integrity: What, how why, whom

          Springfield Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

          SpringfieldMO  4 October, 2004


          Presenter and Musician Diocesan Convention Liturgy

          as formation presentation and musician for convention

          12-13  November, 2004


          Tour Conductor The Grace Church Madrigal Choir

          Evensong at Washington National Cathedral, Feb, 2005


          Conductor and Artistic Director Handel Week 2005

          February, 2005


          Tour Conductor The Grace Church Schola Choir

          To Indianapolis, IN, April, 2005


          Clinician Windy City Classic - Performing Arts

          Consultants, River Grove, IL 15 April, 2005


          Author Pipe Organs of Chicago, Chauncey Park Press

          July, 2005


          Presenter Liturgy, the Child and Song:

          Singing their Story “Whose Church is it Anyway” event

          Diocese of Chicago September, 2005 Mundelein, IL


          Recitalist - Trinity Lutheran Church

          Glencoe, Illinois - 18 September, 2005


          Presenter and Musician Diocesan Convention

          Liturgy as formation presentation and musician for

          convention   November, 2005


          Organ Comptetition Judge  2006 Gruenstein

          Memorial Organ Competion - Grace Lutheran Church,

          River Forest, IL    8 April, 2006


          Clinician Miramonte High School Choir

          Oak Park, IL - 10 April, 2006


          Tour Conductor The Grace Church Schola Choir

          Philadelphia, PA, April, 2006


          Editor ChicAGO Centenary Anthology Published by

          World Library Press in celebration of the centenary of the

          Chicago Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

          June, 2006


          Guest Artists Madrigal Septet sings Biebl “Ave Maria”

          With Windy City String Ensemble after Penderecki

          “Threnody on the Victims of Hiroshima10 June, 2006


          Clinician Indianapolis Youth Chorale Master Singers

          24 June, 2006 at Grace Church

          (hosted performance, also)


          Conductor “Do it Yourself Mikado” First United Church

          Oak Park, IL part of 3rd Annual Summer Sings! Series

          27 June, 2006


          Steering Committee Member, Instigator ChicAGO 2006

          National Convention of the American Guild of Organists

          Planning began in 1999.  2 - 6 July, 2006, Chicago


          Clinician PBA Music Reading Session at ChicAGO 2006

          National Convention 6 July, 2006



4. COMPOSER: 1981 - present

          [Annotated samples from complete works]


          Songs of Distress, Exultation, and Victory Op. 1

                   I.        I Called to the Lord

                   II.       For I know That My Redeemer Lives

                   III.      None of Us Lives to Himself

                   IV.     I am the Resurrection and the Life

                   V.      To Him Who Loves Us

                   VI.     As I Saw this, I Heard Around the Throne


                   For soli, chorus, and organ, privately published by

                   Concordia University in 1981.


          Chorale Prelude on "Schmücke Dich"


                   Bicinium for organ.

                   Published 1986 by Belwin Mills.


          God of Majesty


                   Commissioned by Trinity Lutheran Church

                   in Roselle,IL. and Linnae Heinz for SSAATTBB

                   unaccompanied choir in March, 1987.


          Partita on "Erhält Uns, Herr" Op. 2



                   I.        Pastorella

                   II.       Presto

                   III.      Largo

                   IV.     Presto

                   V.      Bicinium

                   VI.     Finale - Allegro Spiritoso


                   Winning composition of the Cleveland American

                   Guild of Organists composition competition

                   21 July, 1989.  Published in 1989 by Belwin Mills.


          i am a little church

                   Extended unaccompanied choral work

                   commissioned by the Pro-Arte Chorale,

                   October 1986.


          Festival Setting of "Hyfrydol"

                   For Children's Chorus, Brass Quintet, Organ,

                   Percussion and Congregation commissioned by

                   Concordia Mutual Life and premiered at the

                   April, 1989 Children's Choir Festival.  Later

                   performed at the 36th annual American

                   Guild of Organists Children's Choir Festival

                   in Rockford, IL., February, 1995.


          Chorale Prelude on "Herzliebster Jesu"

                   Work for organ published by Belwin Mills in 1994.


          Chorale Prelude on "Herr, Ich habe Misgehandelt"

                   Accepted for publication in upcoming Organ

                   Method Book by Wayne Leupold with Belwin Mills.


          Passacaglia Op. 3

                   Extended organ work published by Belwin Mills in



          Alabaster Boxes

                   Commissioned by the Heritage Chorale

                   in celebration of their 25th anniversary.

                   August, 2004


          Nuptial Processional or Tuba Tune

                   Published in ChicAGO Centenary Anthology,

                   June 2006


                   N.B. In addition to the above works, there are

                   more than one hundred unpublished works in

                   a wide variety of genres.




                                                           1988 - present



 Armstrong Elementary School - 4 years

Decatur Classical School - 4 years

Donoghue Elementary School - 1 year

Fermi Elementary School - 4 years

Gale Elementary School - 2 years

Haines Elementary School - 2 years

Murray Elementary School - 4 years

Reavis Elementary School - 2 years


Typically, the work was with a select chorus that involved

Kodaly-oriented music education, solfège, rhythmic reading

and vocal education for third and fourth graders.  Many

programs however grew to serve many other grades.  These

institutions were served under the auspices of the Chicago

Children's Choir. As In-School Director of the program, I

was responsible for coordinating programs in twenty two



6. SOLOIST: 1982 - present




          Zabriskie-Before the War-Nortwestern University-Nov. 1982

            Bach-Magnificat-Northwestern University-Jan. 1983

            Carissimi-Jepthe-Chicago Chamber Choir-Oct. 1984

            Bach-Magnificat-Concordia College-Feb. 1985

            Bach-Cantata 150-Chicago Chamber Choir-Mar. 1985

            Stravinsky-Mass-Chicago Chamber Choir-May 1985

            Handel-Semele-Chicago Chamber Choir-Oct. 1985

            Handel-Chandos Anthem # 2-Chicago Chamber Choir-May 1986

            Mozart-Coronation Mass-Chicago Chamber Choir-May 1986

            Monteverdi-Orfeo-Chicago Chamber Choir-Oct. 1986

            Britten-Rejoice in the Lamb-Chicago Chamber Choir-Mar. 1987

            Oberg-Kyrie and Gloria-Lutheran Choir of Chicago-May 1987

            Handel-O Sing to God-Chicago Chamber Choir-June, 1987

            Handel-Dixit Dominus-Chicago Chamber Choir-Oct. 1987

            Mozart-Mass in C-Illiana Chorus-Ap. 1989

            Purcell-3 anthems- Iliana Chorus-Ap. 1989

            Schütz-Christmas Oratorio-Park Forest Singers-Dec. 1995




            Sullivan-Utopia Limited-Light Opera Works-Dec.1984

                                                                        -Captain Fitzbattleaxe

            Offenbach-Ba-Ta-Clan-DePaul University-May 1985-Fe-ni-han

            Sullivan-The Gondoliers-Light Opera Works-June 1985-Luiz

            Romberg-The Student Prince-Light Opera Works-Dec. 1985-Detlef

            Monteverdi-The Coronation of Poppea-DePaul University

                                                                           -Feb. 1986-Valetto

            Verdi-Falstaff-Chamber Opera of Chicago-May 1986-Fenton

            Floyd-Slow Dusk-DePaul University-May 1986-Micah

            Sullivan-The Mikado-Light Opera Works-June 1986-NankiPoo

            Sullivan-The Sorcerer-Gilbert and Sullivan Soc.-May 1987-Alexis

            Sullivan-The Sorcerer-Light Opera Works-June 1987-Alexis

            Strauß-The Chocolate Soldier-Light Opera Works-Aug. 1987-Alexius

            Sullivan-H.M.S. Pinafore-College of DuPage-Mar. 1988

                                                                            -Ralph Rackstraw

            Lehar-The Land of Smiles-Light Opera Works-June 1988-SouChong

            Lehar-The Merry Widow-Pamiro Opera,Green Bay-Sept. 1989

                                                                             -St. Brioche

            Bernstein-West Side Story-Pamiro Opera, Green Bay-Sept. 1991-Jet

            Bernstein-Candide-Illinois Philharmonic-May, 1996





          Schubert-Die Schöne Müllerin-Univ. of Mo. St. Louis-April, 1981

            Schumann-Dichterliebe-Concordia College-July, 1982

            Schumann-Dichterliebe-North Shore Musician's Club-Feb. 1986

            Schumann-Dichterliebe-Highland Park Senior Center-Aug. 1988

            Schubert-Winterreise-Hyde Park-May, 1989


          Critical Commentary - Conducting


"The present conductor, Dennis Northway, a 37-year-old bow-tied, pony-tailed fireball . . ." - Don Snider The Star


"Of course, none of these fun gimmicks would mean very much if they weren't so cleverly integrated into the overall story, or if the music were not in such superb hands.  The singing is top-notch, with tight ensembling throughout and every patter syllable understandable even during chaotic scenes . The tempos are kept lively and swinging throughout, thanks to spirited conductor Dennis Northway who is also LOW's chorus master. "

                         - Dennis Polkow Pioneer Press


"I'm sure others, like me, held their breath so not to miss a single delicious note and probably were as surprised as I to find their eyes mist with the shear perfection of the moment. It is an experience I will revisit in my memory often as one of those special times, a true  'night divine.'"  - Carol Roberts The Star


“And the Chicago Children’s Choir, rehearsed by Dennis E. Northway perfromed sensitively.”

                  - Howard Reich The Chicago Tribune


"Directed  by their  conductor, Dr. Dennis E. Northway, the choir of approximately 40 singers sang a varied  programme of sacred and secular music from their repertoire.   Two early pieces by Palestrina and Eccard respectively showed that the Choir was a well-disciplined group with a cohesive choral sound and that they were equally at home with block harmony or counterpoint." 

                      - Isle of Wight County Press [England]



"Dennis E. Northway's chorus deserves special mention for accurate, clear singing."  

                    - Sarah Bryan Miller The Chicago Tribune



"A Cappella singing is a bit like a high wire act.  When it doesn't work, it's painful to watch.  But when it does, it can take your breath away.  The Park Forest Singers took us on a musical journey in the acoustically exquisite e Center for Arts and Technology on Saturday that reminded us the most beautiful instrument is still the human voice.   Try to imagine singing without any instrument - your only guide the center of the sound wave.  This not only takes practice but an extreme amount of trust in one another.  Under Dennis Northway's capable guidance, the Park Forest Singers functioned as a well-oiled machine that not only tackled the technical challenges of the music but performed these songs with an ardor to match their bouncy conductor.   Singing with brute force at times, and other times melting into a near whisper, these singers seemed to breath as one as their voices merged into flawless harmonies."  

                     - Terry Loncaric The Star



" The cast, smoothly directed by Dominic Missimi, is a crackerjack ensemble, with expert work by choreographer Nancy Teinowitz, chorus master Dennis Northway and conductor Lawrence  Rapchak and his orchestra."

                    - Hedy Weiss The Chicago Sun-Times



"Northway's brilliance as a conductor and his enthusiasm for the performance are infectious.  Both the chorus and the audience benefit when the 'leader of the band' enjoys what he is doing."  

                              - Joanne Zerkel The Star


It is clear this is going to be an intimate "Patience" from the moment Dennis Northway begins the overture. Challenged by the Drury's tiny orchestra pit, the conductor has reduced Sullivan's instrumentation to 13 players, miraculously retaining the original shimmer and buoyancy. As the evening progresses, the ear is almost tricked into believing that a full ensemble is playing. . . Northway's command of G&S style paid enormous benefits in the pit, where the musicians animated the score. from "Patience' a virtue on intimate stage"

            - Donald Rosenberg Plain Dealer (Cleveland)



          Critical Commentary - Singing


"The  soloists were outstanding without exception . . . Tenor Dennis Northway as Ralph Rackstraw made the most of his considerable range.  "Refrain, Audacious Tar," his duet with the lovely Josephine (Elizabeth Gottlieb) was commendable in terms of both singing and acting."

                 - Patricia Lenoard The Daily Journal


"Among the singers, Dennis Northway's Alexis is Tenor tender."

               - Lawrence Bommer Windy City Times


"A notable exception Sunday was tenor Dennis Northway, who was most impressive in Handel's Fifth Chandos Anthem."

                       -Robert C. Marsh The Chicago Sun-Times


"Taking  this demanding role, the Singers' artistic director Dennis Northway stepped away from the podium into a vocal role, a position he clearly loves.  He strongly and precisely led the rest of the vocal and instrumental musicians as well as the audience, eschewing his usual impish demeanor for the solemnity of the musical subject."  

                       - Carol Roberts The Star



              Feature Articles on Dennis Northway


"Spotlight - New Director brings life to Park Forest Singers"

               by Terry Loncaric

               in The Star  8 December, 1994


"Now Sing! - Choir Master"

               by Susan Montgomery

               in the Pioneer Press Oak Leaves 1 October, 1997


"Conductor's Background a Match for the Desert Song"

               by Ted Shen

               in the Chicago Tribune, 25 December, 1998


Organic Organ Comes of Age

               by Peter Bergin

               in the Explorer, 23 February, 2001.


Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound

               by Steve Shay

               in the Oak Leaves, 18 April, 2001.


"Musician to show off organ’s 'color'"

               by Walter Skriba

               in The Times, 25 October 2002.