Village Singers

THE VILLAGE SINGERS
Come join our non-auditioned community chorus, now in our 20th year and under the direction of Jerry and Happi Berger. 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!

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Thank You, Lakeview Community Church

Our last performance of this Christmas season was for the congregation of Lakeview Community Church, which has supported and encouraged us for five years. We deeply appreciate their providing the chorus venues for both rehearsal and performances. Jeannine warms us up in this photo...



... and during the service, Fred directed us on one song as Nick provided the solo with the chorus as back-up voices.



A favorite during this annual Christmas Service was leading the congregation in the singing of favorite traditional Christmas carols.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!!!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

2007 Christmas Concert

On a hectic concert date, you have to relax whenever and wherever you can, as demonstrated by Joe.



A nice problem -- not enough chairs set up, and a crowd of over 200 spectators arriving...



Jeannine directs us to another moving performance.






"Reminisce" performs at their traditional outstanding level...



... and so does 'N Tune.



Eva again has the audience rolling in the aisles...


Nick entertains with a solo as Fred directs and the chorus provides backup vocals.


And emcee Byron again anchors the entire concert with exceptional narration.


And the grand finale as audience members join the chorus in Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus."

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Final week before concerts!

This is the final week of rehearsals before the concerts on Saturday and Sunday, and all seems to be coming together nicely since Jeannine has seemed very calm the last few weeks. Here she is directing us last night as we practiced in the sanctuary for the first time with our new staging arrangement...



... in which we are actually in the audience rather than up on the stage.






Of course, we'd be out of business without our exceptional accompanist, Tara, who is like a second director in the manner in which she assists Jeannine week to week...


... and Lorraine has rejoined us to add her outstanding special effects and variety of musical "instuments" using the Clavinova...



Ruth is our other fine accompanist...


and she works with all our solos and small group numbers, and also pinch-hits when Tara can't make a rehearsal. A chorus group can not function without a number of talented accompanists, and we are infinitely blessed with these three wonderful musicians!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Only 5 Weeks to Go!

A number of members answered the call to come early to fold flyers and stuff envelopes for the mailing announcing the upcoming Christmas Concert.



It wasn't all just work though, as demonstrated by our director, Jeannine, as she adds some well-deserved horns to our super-salesman and board member, Scott.



Less than 5 weeks until the December 1st and 2nd concert dates and all are hard at work learning and memorizing the music.







Eva, the group's resident comedian, piques our interest with a preview of her costume for her (sure to be) hilarious number in this concert.

Encore, anyone?

Julie Larson offers an interesting perspective here:

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Two months and counting...

... until the Christmas Concert, and rehearsals are intense, but also fun. Here are the tenors and basses in sectional rehearsal, led by assistant director Fred and accompanist Tara, ...


... and the following pictures of full chorus rehearsal directed by Jeannine.











You can still come join us as on Monday evenings as a singer, or if that doesn't fit your schedule, put December 2nd and 3rd on your calendar and come hear this fine group in concert.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Email from Jeannine

Email from Jeannine to the membership (and all other interested singers)


The Village Singers, sponsored by Lake Zurich Park and Recreation Department, are resuming rehearsals for their upcoming concert season. As always they are adding new members to their non-auditioned community chorus.

They are currently preparing for their holiday concert which will be performed on the first weekend in December. Singers from Lake Zurich and all surrounding communities are invited to join.

Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 in the community room at the Lakeview Community Church, 330 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich.

For information on joining the group, please call 847 726 2011.

Monday, August 20, 2007

First rehearsal for Christmas Concert

Thirty-plus turned out for the first rehearsal for Jeannine's 10th anniversary of founding and directing the group. Here we are getting the requisite paperwork out of the way with the help of Glynda and Jule.



Jeannine explains the fine points of one of the new numbers...



...and then we plunge ahead and tackle the piece...



...with good results under the exceptional direction of Jeannine and the able assistance of accompanist Tara.



Well, people who missed our first rehearsal -- Snoopy was there, so why weren't you??? But it's not too late to join us. We'll be there next Monday again at 7:30pm and all are welcome to attend and share the fun we have and feel the deep sense of accomplishment we enjoy!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Rehearsals begin...

Monday, August 20th, 2007, at 7:30 pm. Please come a few minutes early if possible to complete the paperwork and get your music. Also, bring your checkbook to pay the minimal registration fee.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Fall Season Starts with Splash

Rehearsals start Monday, August 20th, so to kick off the season, the Koldens hosted another pool party on a beautiful 88 degree and sunny summer day.

Chuck the Elder and Glynda toss the beanbags...



Sitting in the shade by the pool was a popular pastime...







...but Pat and Chuck actually dove into action...



Always plenty of delicious food, and always tons of desserts for this hungry crew.



Barb took the group to "On Kolden Pond" and fed the catfish for us. Guess what she feeds them -- yup, really -- cat food!





As usual, Barb's dogs joined the party and stole the show...

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Pool Party Kickoff to Fall Season

Email from Jeannine today --

Hey Everyone, Hold this date---Aug 11 in the late afternoon. We have been invited to Barb Koldon’s for a pool party, potluck. Details to follow. If you know someone who doesn’t have email let them know.