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Thirty Years of  Community in Song


Sunday, April 9, 2017, 4PM
Raue Center For The Arts
26 North Williams Street
Crystal Lake

Tickets are $18/$15

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VIH reflects on 30 years of music in our community – transforming, inspiring, affirming.  Great music – right here!

Sharing the concert with us will be the Winds Off The Lake Woodwind Quintet.  This fine instrumental ensemble will bring more  color and energy to the music.

As part of this concert, we will honor those people and businesses who have helped to bring our music to life with their support.


VIH will perform the WORLD PREMIER of “Reflections” by Tom Vos, a new composition written in honor of the choir’s 30th Anniversary.  Tom grew up in Crystal Lake, and has extensive work in composition and as a studio musician in California. This piece has very deep personal meaning for Tom, and much of it was inspired by our town, and particularly our beautiful lake.  

Listen to an interview with Tom about his inspiration and process composing this work: CLICK HERE.

This will be something beautiful to hear!




Sara Litchfield, Mezzo-Soprano, performed in her first opera when she was 15 years old with Opera Southwest of Albuquerque, NM and has been performing ever since. Since then, she has sung with several companies throughout the Midwest and around the country, including New Orleans Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Co. of Chicago and Petite Opera ProductionsSome of her favorite roles include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Most recently, Sara performed in the Midwest premiere of Nico Muhly’s acclaimed new opera Dark Sisters. This year marks her 10th season as a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus.

Sara is also very passionate about music education and opera outreach. She currently teaches with both Lyric Opera Of Chicago and Chicago Opera Theater’s in school residency programs where she teaches CPS elementary school students about opera and helps them create and perform their own.  She also spent three years touring with Madison based opera outreach company, Opera for the Young. On tour, she sang such roles as Mother/Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Madame in Cendrillon and her personal favorite, Tooty Fruity, the singing fruitbasket, in their adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Sara received a Master of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Music from Loyola University New Orleans. 

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Soprano Clarissa Reis is delighted to be a part of this wonderful performance of Handel’s Messiah. As a native of Crystal Lake, Ms. Reis is grateful for the opportunity to make her debut in the town she still considers home.

Ms. Reis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a double major in both Music: Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, as well as, Psychology. She has been privileged to work with various directors such as Andy Sill, Dr. Robert A. Harris, Kevin McMahon, and Andrew Constantine. Classically trained, she has studied voice with Dr. Marie Ann Vos and Janet L. Herrick.

In addition to her love of performing onstage, Ms. Reis has discovered a special joy in the avocation of promoting orchestral and symphonic music by working tirelessly as Assistant Director of Development with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
4:00 PM
Raue Center For the Arts
$18/$15; Group Rates Available
For Tickets, call (815) 356-9212

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Purchase from any VIH member

Where there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.
Where there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the home.
Where there is harmony in the home, there will be honor in the nation.
Where there is honor in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
~Chinese Proverb~

People the world over yearn to live in peace and seek the light of truth.  A World of Peace & Light brings us choral works that express these things not only in the text, but also in the sound of the music.

We will sing a setting by Elizabeth Alexander of the Chinese proverb above.  Each key word is given its own musical motif; all are woven together expressing peace & light.

Words from the writings of Helen Keller are adapted in “Through the Dark” by Andrea Ramsey.  This is powerful in its expression of inner light & peace from one whose vision is not with eyes.

“Arise, Beloved!” is a lively, uplifting work by Rosephanye Powell using verses based on Song of Solomon.

“Wherever You Are” by the British composer, Paul Mealor, is a beautiful love song based on John 15:13 – “Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

This program includes two songs by one of the most prominent American choral composers, Randall Thompson.  “Last Words of David” is a creed from 2 Samuel 23:3 – 4 by which all who govern could live.  “Choose Something Like A Star” is a magnificent setting of the Robert Frost poem that evokes a still, clear, starlit night in the Northwoods.

The major work on this program is Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light) by the award-winning Morten Lauridsen.  This 5-movement, 25-minute work uses various Latin liturgical texts that explore Peace & Light.  First performed only 19 years ago by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Paul Salamunovich, Director, this work has become a well-loved standard.

Be uplifted! Be moved!

Join us for

A World of Peace and Light





Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4:00 PM

Raue Center for the Arts
26 N Williams Street
Crystal Lake
$18/$15 at the Raue Box Office
(815) 356-9212
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Community and chorus join their voices in harmony with Handel’s great masterwork.  It is presented with a 25-piece orchestra, excellent soloists and projections of beautiful calligraphy by Timothy Botts.  The McHenry County College Chorus will supplement the on-stage choir.  This is one of our area’s most meaningful holiday traditions.  Let the Raue resound with the glory of Handel’s music telling the story that reflects the greatest desires of mankind throughout history. 

Our soloists for this concert are (click each name for more):

Clarissa Reis, Soprano – New to our audience!

Sara Litchfield, Mezzo-Soprano – New to our audience!

Peder Reiff, Tenor

Rick Ziebarth, Bass-baritone

12/6/16 Story in the Daily Herald

12/5/16 Story in the Elgin Courier

View a video of the 2009 Sing-Along Messiah


Alt Version Fall 2015 poster


Voices In Harmony joins with Encore! Youth Choirs in a concert of choral song for voices of all ages.

Sunday, November 8, 2015
4:00 PM
Raue Center For The Arts
Tickets $18/$15
Group discounts available

Tickets are available at the Raue Center Box Office, (815) 356-9212, at Encore! Music Academy or any member of VIH.

Repertoire performed will include:

Combined Choirs
It Takes a Village
Joan Szymko
Come Ye Sons of Art
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Aria, Bella Voce & Cantabile
Sing to Me
Andrea Ramsey

This is the Day (Rejoice!)
Gerald T. Smith

Voices In Harmony
Randall Thompson (1899-1994)
Psalm of Life
Craig Hella Johnson
Sea and Shore
Frank DeWald

Di Canto
J’entends Le Moulin
Traditional French Folksong
Arr. Donald Patriquin

Viva Voce
Over The Rainbow
Harold Arlen & E. Y. Harburg
Arr. Russell Robinson

Voices In Harmony
Light of a Clear Blue Morning
Dolly Parton
Arr. Craig Hella Johnson

Di Canto & Voices In Harmony
Ave Verum Corpus, KV 618
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Jabula Jesu
Zulu Folksong
Arr. Stephen Hatfield

Combined Choirs
You Raise Me Up
Rolf Lovland and Brendan Graham




For the THIRTY-FIRST consecutive yearVoices In Harmony will present two free, out-of-doors concerts on the Band Stage at Main Beach in Crystal Lake.  This concert in 1987 is what made the choir a part of our community.

These concerts are a community favorites. They always present a sampling of the diverse and beautiful music of America.  From folk songs to spirituals, from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim, from William Billings to Randall Thompson, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, from Broadway and cinema to the Great American Songbook, VIH has explored our rich musical heritage.  And, of course, there are always the patriotic favorites.

The 2017 Summer Festival Chorus has only SIX rehearsals:

  • Monday, June 5
  • Monday, June 12
  • Thursday, June 15
  • Monday, June 19
  • Thursday, June 22
  • Monday, June 26

All rehearsals are 7:30  – 9:30 PM at Bethany Lutheran Church.

There are two concerts:

  • Forward America!
    • Tuesday, June 27 at 7:00 PM
  • Fireworks Concert

You are invited join us for our 2017 Summer Festival Chorus.

Click here for the  MAIL-IN REGISTRATION FORM.

Download the form, then fill it out and send it to the address in the form.  Registrations are accepted up to and including the first rehearsal.  Registering by May 26 will insure that we have music for you at the first rehearsal.

The Easy Way:  Click here to REGISTER ONLINE!

Be A Part of 31 Great Years of Music!



 Saturday, October 25, 2014
Wentz Concert Hall
North Central College
Naperville, IL

Thanks to Al Edlund for this – nicely done, Al!

Thanks to Al Edlund for these videos of “The Voice Of America”