Register Now to Attend the Cabaret Connexion Chicago conference

Sunday, OCTOBER 28 to Sunday, NOVEMBER 4, 2018

Visit the Program Schedule for details of eight days of conference activities.
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The French are coming!

* Master classes
* Workshops
* Concerts and Razzle-Dazzles
* Roundtable discussions

Come together to advance the art of cabaret. Be part of an ongoing international conversation: What is cabaret, why is it important, how can we bring new practitioners and audiences to this art form, and how do we develop our craft?

The conference will take place at venues across town from Old Town School of Folk Music to the Alliance Française, PianoForte to Davenport's, DePaul School of Music to Munno Café.


We welcome singers, auditors, pianists, venue managers and presenters, journalists and historians, arts administrators, and aficionados of cabaret song.


  • 40 hours of master classes and workshops, including 15 hours of song interpretation with Faith Prince and Alex Rybeck, 25 hours with our other practitioners from France and Chicago to cover vocal production, jazz, comedy, songwriting, and more.
  • For singers: Performing in the final Sunday Showcase Concert
  • Attendance at 5 public concerts, 3 "razzle-dazzle" multimedia concert talks, 3 round-table discussions, and 2 open mics.
  • Two group dinners
  • For the master classes in song interpretation, comedy, and vocal production, preference will be given to experienced stage performers, whether professionals or advanced amateurs. Each 3-hour session will work hands-on with a maximum of 10 performers. The schedule of concurrent sessions will allow up to 24 singers to prepare and perform in the concluding two-act Showcase concert.
    We encourage amateur singers, novices, and fans to sign up as auditors to observe your choice of 40 hours of sessions.
    (For those who know the Midwest, Yale or St. Louis cabaret conferences, you will find these aspects of the Connexion Conference to be familiar—the hands-on master classes; a concluding Showcase Concert.)


    The fee for North American singers ranges from $450 for 4 days to $890 for 8 days, and for auditors from $360 to $800.* All the events listed in the Program Schedule (except meal breaks and some optional tourist activities) are covered by the fee.

    • * These fees represent a fifty-percent saving that is being passed on to you because of our fundraising efforts to help defray the actual costs.
    • We invite all participants to make additional donations to support the conference and provide financial aid to others.
    • A limited amount of financial aid will be available on a case-by-case basis. Don't hesitate to contact us.
    • Limited homestays will be available. We will try to find guest housing as needed.


  • Singer's One-day pass to 6 workshop-hours (including hands-on work), late afternoon and evening events $190
  • Auditor's One-day pass to 6 workshop-hours, late afternoon and evening events $160
  • Auditing a single three-hour workshop or master class $60.
  • Concert admissions from $5 to $30 depending on the sponsoring venue.
  • "Razzle-Dazzles" (multimedia concert talks) $15 each.
  • Round-Table forums $10 each.
  • A price for an all-events passport (concerts, round tables, and Razzle-Dazzles) will be posted as details are confirmed.

      Several optional activities are being organized during the conference, including a Gospel brunch, an architectural tour of Chicago, a private visit to the Art Institute Study Room (limited to 20 people). These will be posted later in the summer.


  • First come, first serve:
  • Pay the deposit of $150 as soon as possible to hold your place.
  • Pay the remainder of 50% (as Singer or Auditor for the duration of your choice) by Bastille Day, July 14, 2018.
  • Make your final payment by October 1.
  • A 3% surcharge will apply when paying by credit card. Checks are payable to Maison Clobert.


      If you are called for a gig that you can't refuse or another urgent matter prevents you from attending:
    • Cancel by July 20 and we will refund your full fee (minus 3% if paid by credit card).
    • Cancel by September 15 and you will be refunded 50% of the fee.
    • Cancel by October 15 and you will be refunded 25% of the fee.
    • There is no refund available after October 15.


    The Chicago Team is making its best effort to match homestay hosts with guests. If you need housing or if you can host or have friends and neighbors who would enjoy hosting our out-of-town guests, please use this form: HOUSING HOSTS AND REQUESTS

    Correspondant en FRANCE
    Yves Bertrand : 06 30 25 22 49
    Correspondent in CHICAGO
    Claudia Hommel : 1-773-509-9360

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