Craig Ahlgrim, became the musical director of the Chorus of Du Page in 2012. Prior to his appointment, Craig’s directorial experience with Illinois based men’s barbershop choruses was as director of the Aurora Lamplighters and as assistant director with The West Towns Chorus.
Craig is a third-generation barbershopper who looks forward to camaraderie and enjoying a hobby with other group members. “The barbershop style lends itself to a union of performers of all ages”, Ahlgrim said.
His father and both grandfathers sang barbershop. Both his sister and his wife sing barbershop with the
woman’s Sweet Adelines. A 25-year veteran of singing barbershop, Craig brings a wealth of barbershop experience to his leadership role with the Chorus of Du Page.
He says, "It's a bonding between the old and the new," & "It doesn't matter how old the person is, as long as you can make that chord ring. It's a very addicting feeling to be a part of something like that."
"I hope it means constant fun times and to improve our singing level," he said. "We hope to have as much fun as we can while singing and performing the best we can."
In 2006, Craig sang tenor with the Illinois District Quartet Champion, Stolen Bases. In 2009, again as a tenor, he was with that year’s Illinois District Quartet Champion, Off the Record. Last year, 2011, he switched to baritone and once again finished in first place as part of the Illinois District Quartet Champion, Waldorf Hair Company. In 2017 won another district championship with his quartet South of Normal.
Craig and his wife Cindy – who sings tenor with the Melodeers chorus – and thier 10-year-old son, Bennett, have a home in Naperville.