Village Singers

Come join our non-auditioned community chorus, now in our 21st year, now under the direction of Valerie Lota. All are welcome to join! Rehearsals are on Mondays at 7:00 pm at St. Peter UCC Church in Lake Zurich (see sidebar on the right.)
All are cordially invited to join in on the fun!


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Welcome to our new director!

Valerie Lota works for Community Consolidated School District 15 as a Comprehensive Elementary Music Teacher where she is entering into her fifth school year teaching grades K-6. In addition to teaching, Valerie directs the 5th-6th Grade Chorus and Hand Bells, both of which perform throughout the school year. During the previous school year, the chorus sang at the Chicago Wolves Game at Allstate Arena and were also invited to sing the National Anthem at the Got2Run for Education Race in Arlington Heights.  

In addition to music, Valerie holds various leadership roles in District 15. Presently, she is a PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Green Team Coach for her school where her team works diligently at establishing the behavioral supports and social culture necessary for students to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. Additionally, Valerie was one of five music teachers selected in the district to be a member of the Music Curriculum Revisions Committee. Over three years, the committee used the new Illinois Arts Learning Standards to create benchmarks, learning progressions, "I Can" statements, and anchor standards for each grade level.

Outside of District 15, Valerie is working towards a masters degree in Elementary Music at VanderCook College of Music. Valerie's most recent achievement at VanderCook was her completion of the Orff-Schulwerk Level III coursework as well as attainment of AOSA (American Orff-Schulwek Association) certificate.

She will bring great energy and enthusiasm to the job and she is looking forward to meeting all of our members and bringing a great holiday concert to our community!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Thursday, December 22, 2016

VS Performance at Silverado

For the third year, the Village Singers were invited to perform at Silverado, a memory-care facility. It is always a privilege and a pleasure to perform for these folks! As usual, we sang a number of songs from our recent Christmas Concert and then another half dozen carols as a sing-a-long with the residents. It is always heartwarming to watch their faces light up and hear as their voices join ours in the familiar carols during the sing-a-long. No matter what memory issues they are struggling with, most still recall and cherish the songs and enthusiastically belt them out along with the choir! The music begins around the 20 second mark.    (Thanks to Cheryl for the video footage.)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Traditional Post-concert Party at Barb's

Our hostess, Barb...

Christmas Concert 2016

Here's a video with snippets of each song -- the entire concert in 11 minutes!

Our very special guest at the concert was Santa Claus who visited with audience members and made an resounding appearance in the concert as "The Man with the Bag."

Another guest (who snuck in) was Mr. Grinch, but he was unsuccessful at stealing Christmas!

Here are a few photos from longtime member, Cheryl...

Here are our musicians...

Our accompanist, Sandy...

Drummer Archie...

Bassist Al...

Violinist Cody...

For the first time, we held a silent auction of 40+ themed baskets, which was very well received...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2016 Spring Concert -- Snippets from each song

Brief excerpts from each song in the Spring Concert...

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Christmas Concert rehearsals begin on Monday, August 29th!

If you have gift of music and you are looking for a place to share it, we have a spot for you. If you are a current or former member, we look forward to seeing you!

We will start around 6:30 taking registrations & handing out music  at St Peter United Church of Christ at 47 Church St, Lake Zurich, IL 60047 (map is in sidebar to the right.)

Info also available at

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

End-of-the-Season Party at Barb's

Once again, as she has for over a decade, barb served as hostess for our after-concert party...  Thanks, Barb!

It was  beautiful evening, so we availed ourselves of the opportunity to dine al fresco in the lovely and spacious backyard...

Then we moved indoors to view the DVD of the concert...

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Meet our new directors!

Jerry and Happi Berger are thrilled to be making their debut as the Village Singers' directors this season. They met at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, where they both earned their Bachelor of Music degrees in vocal music education. Each of them was blessed to study under internationally acclaimed choral director, Dr. Brad Holmes, and toured nationally with the Millikin University Choir. Jerry holds a Master's degree from Vandercook College of Music and teaches music at Westgate Elementary in Arlington Heights. Happi is a homeschooling mother, a private music teacher for the Cary-Grove Performing Arts Center, and recently received training to assist women in labor as a birth doula. Jerry and Happi are active vocalists on the worship team at their church and have been married for 16 years. They reside in Cary, Illinois, with their three boys.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Rehearsals begin for May concert

Rehearsals begin Monday, January 18th, for the Spring Concert to be called "America: Sea to Shining Sea" and features patriotic music and songs of Cities and States.

Rehearsal will begin at 7 pm and run to 9 pm.

Please try to arrive at 6:15 for a brief meeting so we don't spend valuable rehearsal time conducting business items.

Snacks will be provided.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Snippets from all our songs at the Winter Concert

Our 80 minute concert in 11 minutes:

Winter Concert Party

Once again, Barb hosted a post-concert party...

Following a delicious meal and socializing, we watched the video of our concert...

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Winter Concert 2015

Our 2015 Winter concert performances will be on Saturday, December 5th at 7pm and Sunday, December 6th at 3pm at St. Peter Church in Lake Zurich. The address and directions are in the sidebar on the right.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Winter Concert Season Begins August 17th

Yes, our first rehearsal/meeting for our December concerts will be on Monday evening, August 17th at St. Peter Church (location info is in sidebar on the right) from 7pm to 9pm.

We will meet new members, reunite with old friends, fill out registration paperwork, and go over a few of the concert songs.

New members welcome!  We are a non-auditioned chorus, so all ARE welcome regardless of experience or lack thereof. Practice CDs will be available to help you learn your parts.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Farewell Party for Tara and Shel!

For those who didn't read the post prior to this one, scroll down to see the information regarding Tara and Shel retiring to North Carolina and leaving our group after 17 years.  Yesterday, in commemoration and grateful thanks for her nearly two decades of devoted service to the Village Singers of Lake Zurich and its predecessor group, her best friend, Karen, hosted a spirited "Farewell Party" for Tara and Shel, at her lovely lakeside home. 

About two dozen were able to attend on this gorgeous evening, and for 3+ hours, lots of memories, stories, and tears were shed as we ate, sang, toasted, and reminisced. 

 It has been our joy to have had their friendship and Tara's impressive musical skills for all our concerts and other performances, and everyone departed last night with a gaping hole in our hearts because of their departure.  We wish them well in their new home near their daughters and grandchildren!

"Bon voyage and Godspeed, Tara and Shel!"

Choir sings "Goodbye" to Tara, and responds with a song...