Grande Prairie Singers in Park Forest

Artistic Director – Jo Rodenburg Jo RodenburgGrande Prairie Artistic Director Jo Rodenburg’s musical history includes more than three decades of performance in vocal music repertoire. Her musical training began at the age of 5 studying piano, and later the violin at the age of 8. She was a member of the opera studies training at the Manhattan School of Music at the age of 18 and also studied voice, focusing on new music, at the New England Conservatory. Her career as an operatic mezzo-soprano includes Bizet’s sultry Carmen, which garnered critics’ praise for her “physical athleticism” and her “voice of stunning beauty.” As Prince Orlofsky, she was hailed as a “quiet riot!” by the Chicago Tribune, who took in her performance as Eduige in last season’s Handel Week Festival, citing her “big, dark, contralto-ish sound.” In concert, she was featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti, James Levine and Maestra Margaret Hillis in works of Berlioz, Verdi, Pergolesi, Corigliano. She appeared as a soloist in the CSO’s premiere performance of David Byrne’s “The Forest.” Throughout her vocal career, Ms. Rodenburg has had many associations with choral groups, such as the Music of the Baroque, Grant Park Symphony Chorus and Chicago Symphony Chorus, where she was a recipient of the coveted Scholl Foundation Grant, which promotes the development of exceptional vocal talent. She has also performed abroad in concert and recital and in the States has appeared with numerous regional orchestras and choral organizations as soloist. Ms. Rodenburg is delighted with her most recent association as Artistic Director with the Grande Prairie Singers, whose legacy in the community has been one of musical excellence and fellowship. Together we look forward to continuing as ambassadors of the choral arts in our community and promoting this art in the community abroad.

A Season Of…

New places and familiar faces… Masterworks and Masterclasses… A taste of wine and a toast to the future… Of music in the grande tradition! The Grande Prairie Singers have been making beautiful choral music available in the Chicago Southland for over a quarter of a century. Beginning in 1977 as the Park Forest Singers, they have grown to include the finest voices from 28 suburbs and villages. Our members come from all walks of life and range in age from 17 to 80!