Village Voices

About Us

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On this page:

 • Choir History
 • Marilyn E Wilgocki, Founder and Director
 • Kevin Wong, Accompanist
 • Repertoire
 • Concert Programs
 • Auditions
 • Choir Officers
 • Rehearsal Location
 • Rehearsal Schedule
 • Roster

Choir History

Village Voices was founded in November 2006 -- the result of an enthusiastic response from a number of singers in the Downers Grove area who had been searching for a choral experience of a light, secular nature that also offered integrity and a challenging repertoire.

The ensemble rehearses twice a month at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Downers Grove. Each member is auditioned by the director and brings diverse and multiple talents to the group, some of whom drive quite a few miles to participate in the singing experience.

Currently, Village Voices has 29 singers represented by 12 communities: Brookfield, Crest Hill, Darien, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Homer Glen, La Grange, Lisle, Lombard, Monee, Oak Brook, and Western Springs.

The repertoire of Village Voices spans a wide range that includes folk music, patriotic tunes, jazz standards, gospels/spirituals, humorous melodies, and scores from Broadway and film. The ensemble sings in four-part harmony, and often expands to eight parts. The singers also enjoy their time of fellowship together, nurturing friendships through the joy of creating music.

Marilyn E Wilgocki, Founder and Director


Marilyn was the Director of Choral Music and Handbells at Presbyterian Church of Western Springs from 2007 - 2011, having previously been Director of Music Ministry from 1976-2006 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Downers Grove.

A teacher of both public school music for 22 years and private piano and theory instructor for 20 years, Marilyn holds a B. Mus. Ed. degree from Westminster College and a M. Ed. Degree in music education from Penn State University.

She has been deeply involved in the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers as a clinician and national committee member. Marilyn also plays Celtic harp and is a member of Tapestry Harp Circle and Dulciloquy Celtic Harps.

Kevin Wong, Accompanist

Kevin is an Organist and Accompanist in the Chicagoland area. He is the Organist and Accompanist at First United Methodist Church in LaGrange. In addition to the Village Voices, he also accompanies the Elmhurst Choral Union. Kevin has received undergraduate degrees in German and Music, and a Masters of Music in Piano.


The following pieces have been performed at recent concerts.

A Cappella Overtures (arr. Andy Beck)
Ain'-A That Good News! (William Dawson)
Amazing Grace (arr. Jack Schrader)
America, the Beautiful (Samuel Ward; arr. Jack Halloran)
Ashokan Farewell (Jay Ungar)
Benediction (Susan Borwick; arr. Don Smit)
Blue Tango (Leroy Anderson; arr. David Giardiniere)
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (Raye and Prince; arr. Ed Lojeski)
Bredon Hill (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Bring Him Home (from Les Miserables; Claude Michel Schonberg)
Can You Feel the Love Tonight (from The Lion King; Elton John/Tim Rice; arr. Mac Huff)
Can't Carry These Burdens Alone (John Parker/Michael Barrett)
Comedy Tonight (from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; S. Sondheim; arr. Greg Gilpin)
Complete History of Music, The (arr. Audrey Snyder)
Consider Yourself (from Oliver!; Lionel Bart; arr. Norman Leyden)
Counterpoint of the Animals (Adriano Banchieri; arr. Norman Grayson)
Credo (Mark Hayes)
Danny Boy (Irish Folk Tune; arr. Darmon Meader)
Deep River (arr. H. T. Burleigh; adapted D. D'Andrea)
Disney Spectactular (arr. Mac Huff)
Elijah Rock (Spiritual; arr. Jester Hairston)
Embraceable You (George Gershwin; arr. Kirby Shaw)
Everything's Coming Up Roses (from Gypsy; Styne/Sondheim; arr. Philip Kern)
Georgia on My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael; arr. Ed Lojeski)
Go Down Moses (African-American Spiritual; arr. Larry Shackley)
Go Tell It on the Mountain (African-American Spiritual; arr. Jack Schrader)
God Bless America (Irving Berlin; arr. Mark Brymer)
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
Hear That Fiddle Play (Folk Song Medley; arr. John Purifoy)
Heavens Are Telling, The (J. Hayden from The Creation )
Homeward Bound (Marta Keen; arr. Jay Althouse)
How Can I Keep from Singing? (American Folk Hymn; arr. Andy Beck)
I Feel Pretty (from West Side Story; Bernstein/Sondheim; arr. Wm Stickles)
I Got Rhythm (George Gershwin)
I've Been in the Storm So Long (Spiritual; arr. Mark Hayes)
If I Only Had a Brain (from The Wizard of Oz; H. Arlen; arr. Sally Albrecht)
If We Ever Needed the Lord Before (Thomas A. Dorsey; arr. Stan Pethel)
It is Well with My Soul (Philip Bliss; arr. Robert Leaf)
Joyful, Joyful (L. von Beethoven)
Kum Ba Yah (arr. Ed Lojeski)
Let There Be Peace (Sy Miller and Jill Jackson; arr. Mark Hayes)
Lida Rose/Will I Ever Tell You (from The Music Man; Meredith Wilson; arr. Rector and Bergman)
Lullaby of Broadway (from Forty-Second Street; Harry Warren; arr. Jay Althouse)
Moon River (from Breakfast at Tiffany's; Henry Mancini; arr. Steve Zegree)
Mother Goose Madrigals (arr. Donald Moore)
Musical Recipe, A (Ellen Woods Bryce)
My Wish (John Carter)
No Ruby (Andy Beck)
Nobody Knows de Trouble I've Seen (Clarence Cameron White; arr. N. Clifford Page)
Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be? (John Carter)
Old Time Religion (arr. Mark Hayes)
One Tin Soldier (Lambert and Potter)
Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz; Harold Arlen)
Pink Panther, The (Henry Mancini; arr. Jay Althouse)
Polly Wolly Doodle (Dan Krunnfusz)
Pure Imagination (Bricusse and Newley)
Red, Red Rose, A (Douglas Wagner)
Remember My Song (Sally Albrecht and Jay Althouse)
Richard Rodgers in Concert (Richard Rodgers; arr. Mac Huff)
Riversong (Andy Beck)
Route 66 (Bobby Troup; arr. Kirby Shaw)
Sally Gardens (Traditional; arr. Carsten Gerlitz)
Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music; Stephen Sondheim; arr. Darmon Meader)
Sentimental Journey (Bud Green, Les Brown, Ben Homer)
Shenandoah (American Folk Song; arr. James Erb)
Silence and the Song, The (Mark Patterson)
Skip to My Lou (American Folk Song; arr. Greg Gilpin)
Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson; arr. Hawley Ades)
Somewhere Out There (from An American Tail; J. Horner/B. Mann/C. Weil)
Stars and Strips Forever, The (John Philip Sousa)
Stephen Foster Medley (Stephen Foster; arr. Lloyd Larson)
Summertime (from Porgy and Bess; George Gershwin)
Swingle Song (Darmon Meader)
Tell Me On a Sunday (from Song and Dance; Andrew Lloyd Webber)
The Nearness of You (Ned Washington/Hoagy Carmichael; arr. Kirby Shaw)
There's No Business Like Show Business (from Annie Get Your Gun; Irving Berlin, arr. Mark Brymer)
They Call the Wind Maria (from Paint Your Wagon; A Lerner/F. Loewe; arr. Kirby Shaw)
Wayfarin' Stranger (Traditional American Melody; arr. Gary Matheny)
What a Wonderful World (George David Weiss and Bob Thiele; arr. Russ Robinson)
When I Fall in Love (Young)
Where or When (Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers; arr. Steve Zegree)
Wherever You May Go (Timothy Bushong)
Workin' on the Railroad (American Folk Song; arr. Donald Moore)
You Raise Me Up (Rolf Lovland and Brendan Graham; arr. Mark Hayes)
You'll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel; Rodgers/Hammerstein; arr. Clay Warnick)

Concert Programs

Click on any link to view our recent concert programs.

Program2016Spring.pdf (PDF)
Program2016Feb07.pdf (PDF)
Program2015Spring.pdf (PDF)
Program2015Nov15.pdf (PDF)


To audition for or inquire about participation in Village Voices, please use our contact page.

Choir Officers

John Kouns, President
Allan Hins, Vice President
Joyce Smit, Secretary
Janet Wheatley, Treasurer
Sandy Steers, Member-at-Large
Linda Dean, Past President

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Through our director, Village Voices is a member of Chorus America, 1156 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, and a member of the South DuPage Musicians Guild.

Village Voices, NFP is a 501(c)(3) charitable fine arts organization.

Rehearsal Location

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5211 Carpenter Street, Downers Grove, Illinois 60516

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Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals are held every first and third (and fifth, if there is one) Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5211 Carpenter Street, Downers Grove, Illinois (see map above).


First Sopranos
Carole Dobbie
Connie Kiley
Chris Lindstrom
Janet Wheatley
Dawn Zimmerman

Second Sopranos
Linda Breagel
Eileen Harbauer
Carol Kullen
Elaine Lee
Debbie Llewellyn
Melissa Petrovich
Cathy Sanders

Karen Dickelman
Deb Finnegan
Teri Harrop
Donna House
Laurie Lamm
Sherrol Shea
Joyce Smit
Sandy Steers

Linda Dean
Peggy Johnson
Kent Llewelleyn
Dean Mehl
James Van Camp

Larry Bryant
Bruce Geary
Allan Hins
David Jones
John Kouns
Don Smit

This page last modified on November 8, 2018
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