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 an assistant director with The West Towns Chorus.
Craig is proud to be a third-generation barbershopper, which is something not many can claim. He looks forward to the camaraderie and the chance to "ring those chords", something he has appreciated since childhood. “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 DuPage.
He says, "It's a bonding between old and new, and age is no factor as long as you can make that chord ring. It's an addictive 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 Basses. In 2009, again as a tenor, he was with that year’s Illinois District Quartet Champion, Off the Record. In 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 their 10-year-old son, Bennett, have a home in Naperville.