Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers

Nicholas Thomas, Director
Beverly Holt, Accompanist
Kyona Ohshika, Accompanist
Jeanne Vaughn, Narrator

Oct 1, 2022

Dorothy Menker Theater

Hello! On behalf of all our musicians this evening, I would like to welcome each of you back to the first concert of the 2022-2023 Choral Season, our 24th. You are in for a real treat! We will be singing music from The Great American Songbook, featuring the music of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin,Johnny Mercer and many others. The songs are all familiar, and I encourage you to join in and sing along with us…just in the right key! We have something for everyone.

I would like to welcome our wonderful accompanists, Beverly Holt, who plays so wonderfully and keep everyone in order, including me! Also, Jeanne Vaughn joins us once again as narrator to connect our program with her sensitive interpretations of text, and our wonderful orchestra including Kiyona Ohshika, keyboard, to complete the group and make the music come to life.

Our Christmas concert is Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at intermission for our Christmas Concert as well as all other concerts. I encourage you to purchase your Christmas tickets early, as this concert always sells out by the beginning of November, and our seating is now reserved. Thank you for attending this evening. I hope to see you at all of our concerts this season. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!


Nicholas Thomas, Music Director
Chair, Fine Arts and Humanities

P.S. I’d like to hear from you! Let me know what you thought of tonight’s concert by sending me an email. My email is I will share your comments with the musicians.


The Star-Spangled Banner
Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by John Stafford Smith and arr. Mark Hayes

Sing, Sing, Sing
Words and Music by Louis Prima
Arr. by Douglas E. Wagner

Narration: Jeanne Vaughn

My Funny Valentine
Words by Lorenz Hart, Music by Richard Rodgers
Arr. By Mac Huff

I Only Have Eyes for You
Words by Al Dubin, Music by Harry Warren
Arr. by John Higgins

It’s De-Lovely
Words and Music by Cole Porter Jay Althouse

Blue Tango
Music by Leroy Anderson
Music by Mitchell Parish
Arr. by David Giadiniere

Summer Wind English
Words by Johnny Mercer
Original German Lyrics by Hans Bradtke
Music by Henry Mayer Jay Althouse

It Don’t Mean A Thing*
Music by Duke Ellington
Arr. by Mac Huff


Refreshments available for purchase.

Strike Up the Band
Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin
Arr. by Mark Hayes

They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin
Arr. by Mark Hayes

Narration: Jeanne Vaughn

When October Goes (with Autumn Leaves)
Arr. by Paul Langford

Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words
Arr. by Teena Chin

Stars and Stripes
New Lyrics and Setting by Berta Poorman and Sonja Poorman

The Holiday Tango!
Words and Music by Greg Gilpin

Caribbean Cradle Song
by Jay Rouse

The “Holiday Road” of Carols
Arr. by Greg Gilpin

A Jolly, Jingling Carol Medley
Arr. by Greg Gilpin

Silent Night
Arr. by Greg Gilpin

Jingle Those Bells
Original Words and Music by Lois Brownsey and Marti Lunn Lantz

Figgy Pudding! Incorporating “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”
Additional Words and Music by Ruth Morris Gray

*denotes music purchased with Build the Library funds.

Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers

Nicholas Thomas, Music Director
Beverly Holt, Accompanist
Kiyona Ohshika, Accompanist
Jeanne Vaughn, Narrator

Virginia Ardolino
Linda Bergwall
Robert Bergwall
Carole Bogaard
Leila Bowie-McClenahan
Deborah Brodinski
Beverly Brown
Shirley Burt
Jean Charnas
Amelia D’Andrea
Joan Marie Dauber
Samantha Dell
Nancy Du Charme
Jennifer Fair
Shannon Ferguson
Len E. Fisher
Deborah Fuller
Marie Gancarz
Ruth Gerk
Eve Grevan
Carrie Haiduk
Mary K. Hamann
Teresa Hejmanowski
Audrey Hines
Margaret Hoenig
An Soon Hubbard
Paul Jablonski
Kathryn Janik
Gina Kearns
Julie Kehoe-Lordo
Constance Klauba
Victoria Kleinow
Kathy Klenn
Dale Klinefelter
Martha Kasten
Karen Kurek
Nora Labanauskas
Tom Labanauskas
Vanessa Leon
Victoria Lowczyk
Randall Madderom
Josephine Mazzaia
John McCarthy
Linda McClure
Kathryn Meyer
Dorothy Miller
Susanne Mosel
Janice Murphy
Mildred Nelson
David Nolan
Julia Olexa
Janis O’Boye
Eliza Perkovich
Donna Petersen
Brett Potts
Robert Rheinheimer
Susan Rheinheimer
Linda Robinson
Joe Sangster
Patricia Saunders
Geoffrey Shive
Sister Rene Simonelic
Roberta Stevens
Eleanor Stone
Michael Thoms
Cameron Tillery
Jeanne Vaughn
Mary Waitzman
Phyllis Weinburg
Theresa Wojdelski
Matthew Worsech
Sharon Wsol

Beverly Holt, piano
Julie Verchimak, violin
Thomas Bajek, violin
Vicki Szczepaniak, violin
Jeff Ashcraft, cello/bass guitar
Tammi Carlson, flute
Kathryn Brtko, oboe
Shawn Davis, percussion
Donald Stinson, trumpet
Kiyona Ohshinka, keyboard

If you would like to sing, please speak with Nicholas Thomas after the program. Rehearsals continue on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in the John  and Angeline Oremus Theater, here in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Registration is $25 payable Oct. 3. For more information, call Mr. Thomas at (708) 974-5755 or email him at

The Moraine Chorale is an ensemble made up of singers from all walks of life and come from many of the surrounding cities in our school district and beyond, including some from Indiana! The Chorale performs 5 themed concerts each year including,

Merry Christmas Music
Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening of Irish Music
Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.

Broadway, Pop, Motion Picture Spectacular
Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.

Patriotic Choral Concert
Saturday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Tiempo Libre
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

“The Piano Men” featuring Jim Witter
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Carpenters Christmas featuring Lisa Rock
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

The Best of The Second City
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

and more!

For event information, contact our Box Office Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at (708) 974-5500 or visit us at

Fine and Performing Arts Center Staff

Technical Director⁠—Sean McIntosh

Manager of Theater Operations and Services—Julian Tillery

Assistant Technical Director—Amanda Hantson

Secretary—MaryAnn Luciano-Smith

Front-of-House Staff—Ramsey Bauer, Karen Datro, Page Domikaitis, Tom Gerez, Nicholas Mokelke, Jim Novak, David Roczkowski, Lisa Rock, Sujith Saju

Technical Crew—Ala Nator, Camari Morrison, Evan Johnston, Guadalupe Sosa, Jackie Bobbitt, Jeremy Kalisz, Joel Catalon, Leslie Nance, Nathan Carpenter, Quintin Turnbow, Sam Dell, Tom Schoenbeck, Nataile Krol, Jessica Miller, Omar Eloiza

By attending this performance, you acknowledge that you have granted permission to appear in photographs, video capture and capture by other media in all public spaces in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Your image may be used by Moraine Valley Community College for promotional purposes. This blanket permission releases and waives any claim against the college and its employees arising from the use of such images in any medium.