Galesburg Community Chorus
Mission and History
The Galesburg Community Chorus seeks to share the gift of great choral music, inspire
new generations with the love of singing, and broaden our reach to all people.
For the past 76 years, the Galesburg Community Chorus has brought high-quality
music performances to the citizens of west-central Illinois. The Chorus was founded on the
Knox College campus in 1945 and has remained Galesburg’s oldest continuously performing arts organization. Its founder, Tom Williams, was a professor of voice and choral music at Knox and the choir director at a local church. Dr. Williams served as chair of Knox College’s music department from 1944 to 1970. The Galesburg Community Chorus was originally organized to provide talented local singers an opportunity to sing great choral-orchestral works and to give the community a chance to hear these works performed.