The Park Ridge Chorale was formed in 1984 after alumni from Maine High School held a banquet to honor Irwin Bell, a long-time Maine faculty member who conducted the choir for two years. The Chorale performs three times a year, with about 45 members each term. Auditions are held at the beginning of each term. The Chorale follows a traditional schedule, with a spring concert of classic choral music, summer concert of popular and Broadway songs, and a holiday arrangement in December.
For the last 15 years, the chorale has been directed by Edward Zelnis, who sang with Music of the Baroque for more than 20 years, has conducted productions at the Goodman and Steppenwolf Theaters and at Evanston’s Light Opera Works, and has sung in the choruses of Lyric Opera and Grant Park Symphony.
For more than 25 years, Jane Kenas-Heller has been the Chorale’s accompanist. She is the coordinator of the accompanying program at Northeastern Illinois University. Jane has performed in concerts on the Ruth Page Series at the Ravinia Festival and at the New Dance Festival in Prague, Czech Republic.
Scott Kuntz, President
Kyle Cartwright, Vice-President
Loretta O'Neill, Treasurer
Nancy Erstad, Secretary
Members At Large:
The Park Ridge Chorale is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing an outstanding choral singing experience for its audience and its members. We perform a wide variety of musical genres and are dedicated to creating interesting and entertaining programs while exposing our audience to the best choral compositions and arrangements. The Park Ridge Chorale is committed to being a vital member of Chicago's thriving northwest suburban arts community.