Allison Selby Cook

AllisonSelby Cook is a Chicago-based singer, actor, and multi-instrumentalist specializing in early music. After two programs last season with Newberry Consort, as both a singer and a violist in the Renaissance violin band, she is so pleased to return twice again this season.

Other upcoming appearances include Music of the Baroque, Chicago Arts Orchestra, Marion Consort, and Unum Vocal Company at Millikin University. In January, she will be featured as Olga in Lehar’s Merry Widow, following previous productions of La Traviata and Die Fledermaus, with DuPage Opera Theatre/New Philharmonic. Last season she collaborated with the English creative team of Christopher Luscombe and Nigel Hess to bring historical performance to the theater, as Associate Music Director and actor/instrumentalist in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Nell Gwynn. Previously, Allison made her international radio broadcast debut on Live From WFMT 98.7FM with Kerry Frumkin, singing a full program of works by Jewish-Italian Renaissance composer Salomone Rossi.

After studying with EllenHargis and David Douglass at Northwestern University, Allison went on to opera and early music festivals in Siena (Italy), New York, Boston, and Berkeley.

MAY PERFORMANCE CANCELLED - The Mistress: Madame de Pompadour (click for more information)

Dear Valued Patrons,
We regret to share that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not present The Mistress: Madame de Pompadour this May 8-10th. We currently plan to reschedule this project for a special performance in August 2020. We hope to share more details on that soon. In the meantime, current ticketholders for May performances of The Mistress can choose to hold their ticket(s) and use them for the rescheduled event, or receive a voucher for the cost to be used for future Consort events, donate the cost of their tickets as a tax-deductible charitable contribution, or request a refund. Please note that season pass holders will receive a percentage credit or refund. To confirm arrangements, contact General Manager Hannah De Priest at You can also leave a voicemail at 773-669-7335 and she will call you back.

You can always donate to the Newberry Consort online  or via check. Our mailing address is The Newberry Consort, P.O. Box 60212, Chicago, IL, 60660-0212. Please reach out to if you have any questions or leave a message at 773-669-7335 and one of our staff will be in touch with you.
We appreciate your understanding and very much look forward to welcoming you to Newberry Consort concerts in the future. Till then, wishing you all good health and safety in these uncertain times.