The Uptones at our Winter concert, 2014

Our mission is to provide an opportunity for growth through musical expression by performing a cappella music for the Chicago communities.

The Uptones (originally Uptown Sound) was formed by young professionals in Chicago who wanted to start an adventure in the world of contemporary a cappella. Our members come from many walks of musical life, including musical theatre, choirs, and college a cappella groups.

We came together for many reasons. Some of us needed a creative outlet; others wanted experience with a new kind of music. All of us wanted to become better musicians and change our perspective on music in general. Singing a cappella provides a good balance and keeps us well-rounded, and the group helps us maintain an emotional connection through music.

With humble roots in caroling around the city during the 2009 holiday season, the group got its first big break performing at a small cafeé called Lincoln Perk in the summer of 2010 to a capacity crowd. The caroling (now an annual tradition) continued in the winter of the same year, and since then we’ve enjoyed a slew of new gigs, new venues, and new audiences.