Welcome to the SINGER SPOTLIGHT!  The Peoria Area Civic Chorale is an auditioned, professionally conducted community of vocal musicians united by their passion for choral-music excellence and their devotion to community cultural service.

All members of the Chorale are volunteers who donate over 13,000 hours to rehearsals and concerts, fundraising projects, committee work, and outside performances annually.  Participation in the Chorale allows vocal musicians the opportunity to give back to their community while improving their musicianship.

Members come from all over central Illinois, from all walks of life, from different stages in life, and from diverse backgrounds.

We will utilize this space to highlight several of our singers during the season.  Check back often, and get to know the Peoria Area Civic Chorale!

 


Name: Courtney Pierce
Hometown: Chillicothe, IL
Occupation: Radio Program Director of Goodtime Oldies on WIRL and CJ (the DJ) afternoons on Mix 106.9
Voice part: Alto I
First semester in PACC: Fall 2016
How did you first hear about PACC?: From Julie Clemens (former Youth Chorus director) who has sung the group’s praises to me for years.
Why did you decide to join PACC?: I really, really missed singing in a group and I heard PACC was the best!
What are you looking forward to now that you are a PACC member?: My very first performance with the group at Yule [Like Peoria].
Favorite vacation artist: Jon Bon Jovi
Favorite Treat: No-bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
Favorite splurge: Pedicure
Favorite film: Star Wars
Proudest moment/achievement: Having the courage to audition for PACC and making it!
Secret ambition: To land a voice over job for a major product.
What’s playing on your iPod?: I usually listen to broadcast radio… but my husband did load a bunch of awesome 80’s on an iPod for me.
What song always makes you happy when you hear it?: Back in Baby’s Arms – Patsy Cline
Three things I’d want on a deserted island:Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and a monkey who acts like he understands me.
What would you do with a million dollars?: Pay off every bill we have, make sure my parents want for nothing for the rest of their days and set up college funds for my nieces and nephews.
What is your favorite childhood memory?: Going fishing in Canada.
What is your most treasured possession?: My wedding ring. It was my Grandmother’s. My Grandparents loved each other so much that I am now honored to wear it to represent my marriage.
My life won’t be complete until I… have a baby.
What’s some of the best advice you’ve been given?: To just be myself. There is nothing wrong with just being me.
What app can’t you live without?: Facebook
Favorite sport to watch/play?: Football because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t spend any time with my husband on Monday, Thursday, or Sunday.
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: Looking through pictures of my friends and family.
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you want to play you?: Candace Cameron Bure. My Grandma always thought we looked similar.


Name: Deb Rude
Hometown:
Peoria, IL
Occupation: Music Teacher
Voice part: Soprano II
First semester in PACC: Fall 2000
How did you first hear about PACC?: From friends who sang in the group
Why did you decide to join PACC?: To sing in an ensemble that would challenge me musically.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: I have two favorite moments: putting together the imagery for the patriotic pieces we did in 2003 and my Princess Leia get-up from our movie themes show.
Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere there’s a drum corps show.
Favorite meal: Comfort foods. Old fashioned meat and potatoes.
Favorite film: The Princess Bride & Singin’ in the Rain
Favorite leisure activity: Baking, especially old family recipes that have been handed down to me.
Proudest moment/achievement: Seeing my son and daughter excel at music
Person who’s had the greatest impact on my life: My Grandma Miller. She always loved music, even as a young girl, but her family couldn’t afford much. When she was a teenager, the church she was attending bought a piano, and the piano came with six free lessons. My grandmother volunteered to take the lessons and began to accompany the hymns at church. When she married, she worked an extra job to pay for piano lessons for all of her seven children, including my dad, who was a music teacher for over 30 years.
What’s playing on your iPod?: Music from my kids’ drum corps shows.
The one TV show I don’t usually tell people I watch is… reruns of Lawrence Welk on PBS.
What would you do with a million dollars?: I would finally have a deck on my house.
What is your favorite childhood memory?:Sitting behind the orange naugahyde recliner in our living room, leaning against the Magnavox stereo listening to records.
What was your first job?: It wasn’t my first job, but during college I worked three summers as a bank teller at Commercial National Bank.
What’s some of the best advice you’ve been given?: “Don’t think you’ve got the world by the tail.” – Wayne Macomber
If you could spend one hour doing absolutely anything, what would you do?: Nap
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself?: Clean my house.
What app can’t you live without?: My-Cast Weather
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day: A cup of hot tea and the puzzles from the newspaper.
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: Kids making music


Name: Laura JoAnn Schelly
Hometown: Peoria
Occupation: Chiropractor since 1989
Voice part: Alto I
First semester in PACC: Fall 2014
How did you first hear about PACC?:My friends Mike Dvorsky and Sandy Beveridge are veteran PACC singers.
Why did you decide to join PACC?:Sudden empty nest when both kids left for college.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: When Airman Alex Beveridge sang “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” last year while in his fatigues. Not a dry eye in the house!
Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere warm and beachy.
Last novel read: “The Secret Keeper” by Katie Morton
Favorite treat: Dairy Queen Blizzard
Favorite smell: My husband’s cologne
Favorite splurge: A pedicure
Favorite meal: BBQ’d ribs
Favorite film: Legally Blonde [Don’t judge.]
Favorite leisure activity: Golfing
Secret ambition: To play the viola.
Proudest moment/achievement:Getting my Doctor of Chiropractic at 32.
Person who’s had the greatest impact on my life: My Dad, Dr. Robert Schelly.
Favorite album: The Beatles’ Abbey Road
What song makes you happy when you hear it?: “Happy” by Pharell Williams
My life won’t be complete until I… see my kids gainfully employed and as happily married as I am.
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?: Eating Sunday night supper outside on our deck with the whole family in the summertime.
What is your most treasured possession?: My wedding ring.
What would you say to your 20-year-old self?: Stop what you are doing and go back to school now.
Biggest hurdle you’ve overcome?:Being a female in a “male profession” back in the mid-80s.
What is your favorite childhood memory?: One of them is lying on the grass in Peoria Stadium watching fireworks in the early 60s.
What was your first job?: Taking orders at Ponderosa Steakhouse
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?: I’d like to fly!!


Name: Lynette Broers Brady
Hometown: Originally from Waverly, IA
Occupation: Professional Liability Insurance Underwriting Manager
Voice part: Soprano I
First semester in PACC: Fall 1995
How did you first hear about PACC?:My dad told me about it; one of his co-workers was married to a past member.
Why did you decide to join PACC?: I was new to Peoria; it seemed like a great way to meet people and to keep growing as a singer.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: Touring Europe with a PACC ensemble in 1996 and anytime we have sung something composed by John Rutter.
Favorite vacation: Disney Cruises
Favorite artist: Renoir
Favorite Treat: Pretty much anything that includes chocolate
Favorite smell: Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
Favorite leisure activity: Singing!
Person who’s had the greatest impact on my life: My late sister, Lora.
Three words that best describe me:Introverted, Loyal, Perfectionist
Most humbling moment: Singing at the Vatican in Jan. 2016.
Words to live by: “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
What would you say to your 20-year-old self?: “Listen to your gut.”
What is your favorite childhood memory?: When our family got a puppy for Christmas the year I was five.
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: Spending time with my husband.
Favorite sport to play/watch: Baseball
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you want to play you?:Kate Winslet


Name: Kelsey Henry
Hometown: Eureka, IL.
Occupation: Student/Music major at Eureka College
Voice part: Soprano I
First semester in PACC: Fall 2014
How did you first hear about PACC?: I was a member of the PACC Youth Chorus, the Festival Choirs, and I attended Summer Choral Camps at Eureka College. Also, my dad [Joseph Henry] is the Artistic Director, so it was impossible not to know about PACC.
Why did you decide to join PACC?: I grew up with PACC. It was always my dream to be a member!
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: My very first PACC concert is my favorite memory because I had waited so long to be a part of the group. It was exhilarating!
Three words that best describe me:awkward, content, loved
Favorite treat: Oreos
Favorite meal: Mac ‘n’ cheese with ketchup
The one TV show I don’t usually tell people I watch is: Doctor Who
Secret ambition: To get paid to nap.
What is your most treasured possession?: My family.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?: The ability to read minds.
What is your favorite childhood memory?: Camping in Maine.
What would you do with a million dollars?: See the world.
What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself?: My laundry.
Three things I’d like on a desert island: Netflix, air conditioning, fresh water
Person who’s had the greatest impact on your life?: My fiancé, Zach.
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: When my dad tries to be funny…


Name: Austin Bristow II
Hometown: Pontiac, IL
Occupation: Student/ Psychology major w/ Theatre & Leadership minors at Eureka College
Voice part: Bass II
First semester in PACC: Fall 2015
How did you first hear about PACC?: I’ve sung with Dr. Henry as a Eureka Summer Chorale Camp attendee and in Eureka College’s Chorale and Chambers Singers. 
Why did you decide to join PACC?: I wanted to make beautiful music.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: Carpooling from Eureka to PACC practice with Darian (Alto II) and Kelsey has always made for great conversation!
Favorite artist: Ed Sheeran is a wonderful lyricist, musician, entrepreneur, and just a great human being.
Favorite meal: I really like cheeseburgers. Burger Barge, Five Guys, Meatheads, and Red Robin are all among my favorites.
Favorite film: The Spectacular Now. It’s a film featuring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley about an unlikely high school couple and their love story. Cliché, I know, but I love it nonetheless.
Favorite leisure activity: I love to watch, follow, and generally obsess over Major League Baseball (go Atlanta Braves!). But when I’m not playing fantasy baseball, I can often be found playing ultimate frisbee or disc golf with friends.
What’s playing on your iPod?: My favorites are Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Ron Pope, Boyce Avenue, Taylor Swift, Peter Hollens, and Passenger. I really enjoy a variety of music. My Pandora stations range from acoustic singer/ songwriter to rap, A Cappella to jazz, and reggae to orchestral movie scores.
Favorite album: I love “X” and “Want Some?” by Ed Sheeran
My life is… brilliant. My love is pure. I saw an angel, of that I’m sure.
What book(s) do you think everyone should read?: HARRY POTTER
What would you say to your 20-year-old self?: Well, I am 20 years old, and I’m pretty sure that makes me the youngest member of the Chorale. I often tell myself to stay focused, make time for the people that really matter, and don’t forget to eat.
What’s some of the best advice you’ve been given?: If you get the things done that you have to do when you have to do them, you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them.
Favorite sport to play/watch: To watch: baseball To play: ultimate frisbee.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?: Telekinesis (moving things with your mind). The possibilities range from flight to not having to get up to grab the remote.


Name: Ryan Hendricker
Hometown: Decatur, IL
Occupation: Otolaryngologist (ENT)
Voice part: Baritone
First semester in PACC: Spring 2012
How did you first hear about PACC?:From David German (the PACC director at the time).
Why did you decide to join PACC?: The ability to perform high-quality, challenging repertoire with a great community organization.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: Performing Rutter’s Gloria from memory.
Last novel read: “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown
Favorite film: “The Shawshank Redemption”
Favorite leisure activity: Taking my kids for rides on our antique 1939 Farmall H tractor
Secret ambition: To write a book.
Proudest moment/achievement: Tie: Obtaining my M.D. degree/birth of my first child
Person who’s had the greatest impact on my life: Outside of my family members and wife, Dr. Richard Colling, beloved college professor who challenged me to think always with wonder
What song always makes you happy when you hear it?: Amazing Grace
Three words that best describe me: undeserving, introspective, blessed
Famous person, dead or alive, I’d like to meet: Abraham Lincoln
Words to live by: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
Which talent would you most like to have?: Play the piano like my brother
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?: 3 inches taller
Who are your favorite authors?: Bryan Chapell, Tim Keller, John Ortberg
Biggest hurdle you’ve overcome?: 26th grade (my training)
What was your first job?: Maintenance for a public golf course
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself?: Paint
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: A hug from my 2 year old, Anna
Favorite sport to play/watch: Baseball



Name: Julie Hendricker
Hometown: Born in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Currently residing in Brimfield, IL.
Occupation: Stay-at-home Mom to 3 kids, wife to husband, Ryan
Voice part: Alto 2
First semester in PACC: Spring 2012
How did you first hear about PACC?:Former member Yvonne Ramos.
Why did you decide to join PACC?: I was invited by David German & it was a chance to sing high quality repertoire of all genres.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: Singing the entire Rutter Gloria
Favorite vacation spot: Lake Michigan
Favorite treat: Anything chocolate
Favorite splurge: Starbucks
Favorite meal: Anything I didn’t cook!
Favorite leisure activity: Horseback riding
Secret ambition: Be on Broadway
What’s playing on your iPod?: A lot of country music!
Three words that best describe me:reserved, studious, daydreamer
Most humbling moment: When my husband proposed to me!
The one TV show I don’t usually tell people I watch is: Once
Dream vacation destination: Australia
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?: In this stage of my life, spending uninterrupted time with my husband!
Which talent would you most like to have?: To be able to draw
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?: My tendency to take life too seriously
Who are your favorite authors?:Francine Rivers, Tracie Peterson, Nicholas Sparks
What book(s) do you think everyone should read?: The Bible
What is your favorite childhood memory?: Camping with my grandparents
What was your first job?: Worker at Schlotzsky’s Deli
If you could spend one hour doing absolutely anything, what would you do?: Sleep!
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: Baby animals
Favorite sport to play/watch: Baseball
What app can’t you live without?:Google Calendar
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day: A hot bath
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you want to play you?: Sandra Bullock



Name:
Kenny Williamson
Hometown: Peoria, IL
Occupation: Carpet Technician at Steamliner
Voice part: Bass II
First semester in PACC: Spring 2009
How did you first hear about PACC?: I remember going to a PACC concert in high school through the choir program in East Peoria under the direction of Jen Reece (Soprano I).
Why did you decide to join PACC?: I sing with Kevin Keil (Tenor I) in another choir at the U.U. Church of Peoria and he encouraged me to audition.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: I think it happens every semester after all the rehearsals pay off with a great show.
Favorite smell: Cinnamon
Secret ambition: Build a house, plant a garden, and live happily ever after.
What’s playing on your iPod?: John Mayer
Favorite album: James Taylor Live
What song always makes you happy when you hear it? “Good Love is on the Way” – John Mayer
Three things I’d want on a deserted island: My dog Maxwell (who is great at building signal fires), a dozen cake donuts, and everlasting hope.
My most humbling moment: Traveling to the other side of the world and learning that it was getting along fine without me.
Famous person, dead or alive, I’d like to meet: Albert Einstein
Words to live by: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
Which talent would you most like to have? Self-discipline
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Be less selfish.
What is your most treasured possession? My good health.
What would you say to your 20-year-old self? “Get ready for all the paperwork.”
What are your quirky habits? I chew on every single drinking straw I come across.


Name: Jennifer Reece
Hometown: New Providence, IA (population 200)
Occupation: Choral Director at Dunlap Schools
Voice part: Soprano I
First semester in PACC: Fall 1993
How did you first hear about PACC? Barth Dowling (previous director) was a judge at ICC for Solo & Ensemble Contest in March of ’93 and said my students were very prepared and that I should audition for PACC.
Why did you decide to join PACC? After college and having a baby I missed singing!
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?  My first concert. I was waiting to go on stage and a little teary that my dad wouldn’t be in the audience; missing my first performance ever since his death that February in an ambulance accident. C.J. Campbell (former member) said quietly as we were walking onto stage, “Silly, he has the best seat in the house.”
Favorite vacation spot: Any major league baseball town.
Favorite artist: Maynard Reece (wildlife artist and my great uncle)
Favorite actor/actress: Julianne Moore/Tom Hanks
Favorite treat: Coffee ice cream from Spotted Cow
Favorite smell: Lilacs
Favorite splurge: New Coach purse (and wallet to match!)
Favorite meal: Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato sou
What’s playing on your iPod? Rascal Flatts and Michael Bublé
The one TV show I don’t usually tell people I watch is… Dance Moms and Below Deck 🙂
Dream vacation destination:  Fiji
What is your most treasured possession? My family.
What would you say to your 20-year-old self? Stop
What is your favorite childhood memory? Playing dress up with Grandma Reece, changing her earrings and rings. I now own on of those rings. 🙂
What’s some of the best advice you’ve been given? In context of sacred music in the schools…”It’s not freedom from religion, it’s freedom of.” – Jeannie Williamson, Superintendent of Schools 2004
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: My son Aaron’s 6 week old baby pic.



Name:
Jean Ruhland
Hometown: Ottawa, IL
Occupation: Branch Manager, Better Banks Chillicothe
Voice part: Soprano I
First semester in PACC: Fall 2001
How did you first hear about PACC?: My sister Mary Heider joined in the spring of 2001, and talked me into auditioning.
Why did you decide to join PACC?: I really liked the idea of singing in a chorale. I really love choral music, and the repertoire of PACC was just perfect. Plus, it’s so fun to sing with my sister and share this with someone who appreciates it just like I do.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: I really enjoyed singing at the Civic Center. My first semester concert was the first concert after 9/11. Dr. Henry adjusted the concert songs to include one of my all-time favorite pieces, “The Armed Forces Salute”. The production team enlisted an honor guard to present flags on stage representing the different branches of the armed forces. So, during the song, whenever we sang about a particular branch, those veterans (or current enlisted) were asked to stand and the audience could show their appreciation. It was very touching, particularly in light of the recent events.
Favorite vacation spot: Boating trip to the Virgin Islands.
Last novel read: “From Scratch- The Uncensored Story of the Food Network”. Not really a novel, but an interesting read nonetheless!
Favorite artist: Andrew Wyeth
Favorite actor/actress: Emma Thompson / Tom Hanks
Favorite treat: Popcorn
Favorite smell: Vanilla
Favorite splurge: REAL Dr. Pepper!!
Favorite meal: Pizza
Favorite film: The Sound of Music
Favorite leisure activity: Reading / watching movies
Secret ambition: Back-up singer
Proudest moment/achievement: Other than the obvious “my family”— I would have to say singing at Carnegie with my sister and her son.
Person who’s had the greatest impact on my life: My husband, Terry.
What’s playing on your iPod?: I should say “my PACC rehearsal CD”, but right now it’s just easy listening 70’s music— James Taylor, Kenny Rankin, Jackson Browne, etc.
Favorite album: James Taylor Live
What song always makes you happy when you hear it?: Jingle Bells by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters
My life won’t be complete until I… Get back to Ireland with my sister!!!!
Three things I’d want on a deserted island: My iPad, flint, and unlimited wi-fi.
Three words that best describe me:Funny, enthusiastic, loyal
The one TV show I don’t usually tell people I watch is… “Survivor”
Dream vacation destination: Italy
My life is… Pretty darn good
Words to live by: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?: Good health, surrounded by family and friends
Which talent would you most like to have?: Piano virtuoso
Who are your favorite authors?:Steven King, John Grisham
What would you say to your 20-year-old self?: Finish college!
What are your quirky habits?: I can only drink milk with popcorn, no other drink will do, and I can’t do ANYTHING in the morning until I brush my teeth.
What would you do with a million dollars?: Pay off our house, and help my family with bills.
What is your favorite childhood memory?: All of the time spent with my family going to Barbershop and Sweet Adeline shows.
What was your first job?: Working in a kitchen at a small private hospital.
What’s some of the best advice you’ve been given?: Try not to rely too heavily on others – and that you alone have the choice of how you determine your attitude. The choice of having a good attitude, or a crappy attitude depends entirely on yourself.
If you could spend one hour doing absolutely anything, what would you do?: Read
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself?: Clean my house
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: Hanging with my sisters
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?: Invisibility
What app can’t you live without?: The Kindle app
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day: Glass of wine and a scan of Facebook
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you want to play you?: Ellen Degeneres


Name: Mary Heider
Hometown: Ottawa, IL
Occupation: Retired ophthalmic technician and teaching assistant
Voice part: Alto I
First semester in PACC: Spring 2001
How did you first hear about PACC?:From friends who were members– Laurie Gage, Bob Widman and Sylvia Bowman
Why did you decide to join PACC?:  I had attended a few concerts and knew I had to be a part of it!!  I found out why my friends drove an hour and a half to rehearse each week!  Well worth the drive…
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?  Definitely my first concert at the Civic Center – I literally thought I was going to fly off that stage at the end of the concert!!  I fell in love with the Chorale that weekend ♥  And some of my most fond memories are the long drives down & back from rehearsals with Laurie, Sylvia & Bob – what a crazy crew!  If Bob’s car could talk – whew!
Favorite vacation spot: Has to be Lake of the Ozarks where our families have gone for the last 30 yrs or so each summer.  A mom & pop place with not many “upgrades” over the years, but the memories made there with our kids & cousins growing up over the years – priceless!
Favorite actor/actress: Jimmy Stewart and Emma Thompson
Favorite treat:  Hot buttered popcorn
Favorite splurge: Dinner at a “pricey” restaurant
Favorite meal: Comfort food – pot roast with potatoes & carrots
Favorite film: I would never be able to single one out!!
Favorite leisure activity: Cruising on the Illinois River by pontoon, or on the country highways by convertible
Secret ambition: To be one of Stevie Wonder’s back-up singers
Proudest moment/achievement: Becoming a grandma
Person who’s had the greatest impact on my life: My husband has taught me patience and to not “sweat the small stuff”, and my parents taught me to always look for the good in people and situations.
What’s playing on your iPod?: So eclectic…
Favorite album: Again, who could choose?:  Beatles White Album
What song always makes you happy when you hear it?: Do-Re-Mi
My life won’t be complete until I… tour Europe 🙂
Three things I’d want on a deserted island: A solar-powered ipod, a solar-powered Kindle and a helicopter.
Three words that best describe me: emotional, wacky, happy
Most humbling moment: Talking with people that overcome huge obstacles or trauma in their lives.
The one TV show I don’t usually tell people I watch is… reruns over & over of the Dick Van Dyke show
Dream vacation destination:  Fiji
My life is… blessed beyond measure.
Which talent would you most like to have?:  I’d love to be a really good guitar player!
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?: Be less of a procrastinator.
What is your most treasured possession?:  My cedar chest – which contains hundreds of treasured possessions!
What would you say to your 20-year-old self?: Don’t worry what others might think of you.
What are your quirky habits?: I’m a “counter” – up or down steps, times I beat the eggs, shake out rugs, etc. I know – weird.
What is your favorite childhood memory?: Supper times around the table. Six kids, mom & dad – lots of laughter.  Dad used the time to dispense fatherly advice when needed – and he held “spelling bees” and quizzes for fun!
What was your first job?: Working at a local campground – mostly cleaning shower houses. They called me the “Latrine Queen”!
What’s some of the best advice you’ve been given?:  “Imagine yourself in their shoes…”
If you could spend one hour doing absolutely anything, what would you do?: Have my WHOLE family (that’s a lot) come over for a Sing-along in the basement 🙂
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself?: Cook! I would love to come home and have dinner prepared – I’d gladly do the clean-up!
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: Just have to say – grandkids!!
Favorite sport to play/watch: High School basketball
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?: I would consider this a superpower – the ability to know if someone is telling the truth or not.
What app can’t you live without?:Google!  I often think of my grandfather who would marvel at the knowledge at your fingertips, in an instant!  He passed along his thirst for knowledge to us – he would jump on a Greyhound to go look up something in the Library…..of Congress! – because they didn’t have it in the local one.
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day:  Sitting with my husband, reading the local paper, talking about our day and what’s planned for tomorrow, maybe have dinner in the living room and pop in a movie 🙂


Name: Pat Hampton
Hometown: Peoria, Illinois
Occupation: Retired educator & part-time Customer Service Representative for Sticks and Stones, a company owned by my son and daughter-in-law
Voice part: Alto II
First semester in PACC: Fall 2008
How did you first hear about PACC?: From our Minister of Music and PACC member David German
Why did you decide to join PACC?: Because of its reputation, the music it produced, and the challenge of singing quality music again
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: Singing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” in the foyer of the Civic Center after a concert. I loved the way the music resounded through the room and the joyous response of the people.
Favorite vacation spot: Quebec City
Favorite actor/actress: Tom Hanks/Meryl Streep
Favorite treat: Turtle sundae from Culver’s
Favorite meal: Petite filet, Steamed broccoli, Salad w blue cheese dressing
Favorite film: Sound of Music
Secret ambition: Jumping out of a plane
What’s playing on your iPod?: My Alto II AFC practice music prepared by David Foster, of course!!
My life won’t be complete until I… make it to heaven!
My life is… blessed beyond what I ever thought possible when I was growing up.
Words to live by: Live to make a difference in the lives of others
Which talent would you most like to have?: Play the piano (like John Clark)
What is your most treasured possession?: My Bible
Biggest hurdle you’ve overcome?: Speaking in front of a group of people
What is your favorite childhood memory?: Singing around the piano with my family and taking casual rides with them down roads we had never before explored within a 30-mile radius of Peoria, especially during the early summer evening
Seeing my grandchildren
What was your first job?: Cashier at Jewel grocery store on McClure
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: Seeing my grandchildren


Name: David J. Blasco
Hometown: Streator, Illinois
Occupation: Music Teacher
Voice part: Tenor I
First semester in PACC: Fall 1995
How did you first hear about PACC?: From [former member] Bob Widman.
Why did you decide to join PACC?: Love to sing
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: Traveling to Europe on tour with PACC
Favorite vacation spot: Walt Disney World
Favorite treat: Lemon Meringue Pie
Favorite smell: lilac
Favorite meal: spaghetti carbonara
Person who’s had the greatest impact on my life: My Dad
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?: My age, go backwards instead of forwards
What is your most treasured possession?: My Car
What book(s) do you think everyone should read?: Harry Potter
What would you say to your 20-year-old self?: Exercise and watch what you eat
Biggest hurdle you’ve overcome?: Having back surgery
What was your first job?: Janitor at the community theatre in Streator.
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself?: Clean the house
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: Talking to my mom and dad
What app can’t you live without?: Google
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day: Sit in the hot tub


Board Treasurer
Name:
Karen Dvorsky
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Voice part: Alto I
First semester in PACC: Spring 2011
How did you first hear about PACC?: From my husband, Mike (T2), who joined the group in
1995
Why did you decide to join PACC?: Kim Henry and I joined at the same time as a mutual
support group. After many years of being spectators and supporters of PACC and PACC Youth Chorale, we decided it was time.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: My daughter Sara singing as a Young Artist Competition Winner.
Favorite vacation spot: Bald Head Island, NC
Favorite actor/actress:  George Clooney / Julia Roberts
Favorite treat:  White cake with white icing.
Favorite smell: Pumpkin pie
Favorite meal:  Pasta with red sauce, a glass of red wine and Mike’s homemade crusty French bread.
Favorite leisure activity: Getting together with family and friends.
Person who’s had the greatest impact on my life: My husband, Mike.
Proudest moment/achievement:Our three kids!
The one TV show I don’t usually tell people I watch is… What, I’m only allowed one?
Dream vacation destination:  A Caribbean vacation with my family
Which talent would you most like to have?:  I would love to play the piano.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?: Wish I was more motivated to exercise and eat well…
What was your first job?: I worked at a fabric store.
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself?: House cleaning
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?:  Flying (or better yet teleporting)



Board Chairman
Name:
Jack Koch
Hometown: Genesee, WI
Occupation: Procurement Manager at Caterpillar
Voice part: Tenor 2
First semester in PACC: Fall 2007
How did you first hear about PACC?: Search online after I moved to the Peoria area.
Why did you decide to join PACC?: I love to sing good music in a good choir.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?:My first concert (AFC 2007) because it was all so new and really fun.
Favorite vacation spot: Mondeaux Flowage in North Central Wisconsin
Last novel read:  Palace of Treasonby Jason Matthews
Favorite actors: Jimmy Stewart and Tom Hanks
Favorite meal: Spaghetti, our family recipe
Favorite leisure activity: Camping
Person who’s had the greatest impact on my life: My Father
What’s playing on your iPod?:Classical to Southern Rock to Folk to Big Band.  If it is well written and well performed, I usually like it.
Famous person, dead or alive, I’d like to meet: George Washington
Who are your favorite authors?:David Baldacci, David McCullough
What would you say to your 20-year-old self?: Relax a little!
What was your first job?: Worked at an A&W Root Beer stand
What’s some of the best advice you’ve been given?: Try to learn from everyone, whether the lesson is positive or negative.
Favorite sport to play/watch:Football
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day: Read or watch TV
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you want to play you?: Tom Hanks


Name: Cathy Black Grant
Hometown: Huron, OH
Occupations: Sales, Marketing and Motherhood
Voice part: Alto II
First semester in PACC: Spring 2015
How did you first hear about PACC?: Originally, my neighbor suggested I look into PACC when I moved to the area in 2001. I auditioned and was accepted and met veteran member David Foster at my first rehearsal. However, I was unable to continue my participation when my father in Ohio became ill. Fast-forward 13 years and my co-leader in my daughter’s scout troop introduced me to her husband… one David Foster. He invited me to the Christmas Concert and I auditioned the following month.
Why did you decide to join PACC?: I really missed performing with strong choral singers under inspired leadership. PACC offers both!
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: Honestly, when Dr. Henry pressed the group to work harder and raise our own standards…when he… challenged us to be better… I loved the admonition.
Last novel read: Jane Eyre… in 1993
Favorite actor: Dax Shepard…as of three days ago when I discovered the series “Parenthood” on Netflix
Favorite artist: Jason Mraz
Favorite treat: Baklava
Favorite smell: Jasmine
Favorite splurge: A massage
Favorite meal: Breakfast anytime
Secret ambition: U.S. Presidency
My life won’t be complete until I… sing the National Anthem for the Super Bowl.
Person who’s had the greatest impact on your life: My children…hands down…have challenged me to be better in every way.
What song always makes you happy when you hear it?: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams or “What Does the Fox Say” by Yivis
Words to live by: Don’t live by words…live by actions.
Three words that best describe me:sensitive, strong-willed, storied
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?: I’m not sure. Maybe my insecurity, but I don’t know. 🙂
Dream vacation destination: Anywhere my siblings are with me
The one TV show I usually don’t tell people I watch is… Dinosaur Train.
What was your first job?: Picking strawberries for $.50 a pound
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: My son’s grin and his babbling. He’s two and not very verbal. But when he starts babbling he’s fully convinced he’s speaking complete and clear sentences and his conviction is fascinating.
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?:Raising my kids on an RV traveling all over the world visiting other cultures and discovering the beauty of humanity together.
What is your favorite childhood memory?:My first crush: a tall lanky kid, with a southern accent, named Matt, who I met at a rummage sale the summer after 3rd grade.
Most humbling moment: Holding my father’s hand when he died and being the last person he looked at. That is an incredible gift I still struggle to feel worthy of.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?: Ice Powers like Elsa…my daughter would think I was the coolest mom ever! Uh, no pun intended.
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you want to play you?: Sandra Bullock


Name: Mike Dvorsky
Hometown: Somewhere in Iowa (My family moved a lot when I was young.)
Occupation: Electrical Engineer
Voice part: Tenor II
First semester in PACC: Fall 1995
How did you first hear about PACC?: I saw a flyer on the bulletin board at work.
Why did you decide to join PACC?: I love being a part of excellent choral music.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: That would be unfair to all the other moments…
Favorite vacation spot: My backyard, with a good book.
Last novel read: Life of Pi
Favorite artist: Fritz Wunderlich, the greatest tenor ever.
Favorite smell: Fig Newtons – the smell takes me back to my grandmother’s cookie jar.
Favorite meal: Shepherd’s Pie (#1 comfort food combining all of the essential food groups: mashed potatoes, meat, gravy, and peas)
Favorite film: Groundhog Day
Favorite leisure activity: Cycling or reading.
Person who has had the greatest impact on my life: Karen Dvorsky (my wife)
What’s playing on your iPod?: Leo Kottke, The Goat Rodeo Sessions, and, of course, the PACC rehearsal cd.
Famous person, dead or alive, I’d like to meet: Abraham Lincoln
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?: Have less fear and self-doubt.
Who are your favorite authors?: Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Patricia Briggs, C.J. Cherryh (the list varies from day to day)
Biggest hurdle you’ve overcome?:Shyness
What are your quirky habits?: You would have to ask Karen. As far as I am concerned, I have no quirks.
What was your first job?: Delivering newspapers
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself?:Roofing
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day?: Sitting on the front porch with a glass of wine, talking with Karen.
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you want to play you?: George Clooney – the resemblence is uncanny.


Name: Leigh Wiedelman
Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL (now Peoria)
Occupation: Music Teacher
Voice part: Soprano I
First semester in PACC: Fall 2010
How did you first hear about PACC?:When I first moved to Peoria, I did a Google search for community choirs to sing in, and PACC was the first result!
Why did you decide to join PACC?: It was a great way to meet new people with common interests, especially being new to the area. Not only have I met some of my best friends through PACC, but we also get to sing together!
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: All of the concerts we have performed with the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest.
Favorite vacation spot: Arcadia, Michigan
Favorite actor/actress: Meryl Streep
Secret ambition: To open my own graphic design business.
Person who’s had the greatest impact on my life: Both of my parents.
What song always makes you happy when you hear it?: “1,000 Years” by Christina Perri
Words to live by: Begin each day with the bean, and end it with the grape.
What would you do with a million dollars?: Tour all around Europe and the Mediterranean.
What is your favorite childhood memory?:Christmas morning with my family.
What was your first job?: Working retail at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL.
If you could spend one hour doing absolutely anything, what would you do?: Hang out with my fiance!
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: Spending time with loved ones.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?: Teleportation
What app can’t you live without?: Google calendar (The reminders save my life.)
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day: Netflix with my fiance
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you want to play you?: Keira Knightley


Name: Andrew Fetterolf
Hometown: Dixon, IL (now Washington)
Occupation: Project Manager at Midwest Environmental Consulting
Voice part: Bass I
First semester in PACC: Spring 2001
How did you first hear about PACC?: When I was a student at Eureka College.
Why did you decide to join PACC?: I couldn’t pass up the chance to continue to sing with Dr. Henry.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?:Performing Beethoven’s 9th with the PSO under David Commanday.
Favorite vacation spot: Milwaukee with my wife and friends.
Last novel read: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Favorite artist: Ben Folds
Favorite actor/actress: Michael J. Fox
Favorite treat: Bacon
Favorite smell: Bacon
Favorite meal: Ribs & sauerkraut at Sky Harbor.
Favorite film: Back to the Future
What song always makes you happy when you hear it?: “Battle of Who Could Care Less” by Ben Folds Five
Famous person, dead or alive, I’d like to meet: Linus Pauling. (I’m a huge nerd.)
The one TV show I don’t usually tell people I watch is… Wheel of Fortune. I get genuinely upset if people buy vowels when they obviously don’t need them!
Dream vacation: Hawaii
What is your most treasured possession?:My grandfather’s scorecard from a Yankees/White Sox game featuring Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig.
What would you do with a million dollars?: Try to turn it into 2 million.
What was your first job?: Detasseling (It inspires you to look a lot harder for a newer, better job.)
If you could spend one hour doing absolutely anything, what would you do?:Drive aimlessly with the windows down and music blaring.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?: I wish I could pick 1 day per month to “Groundhog Day” so I can either enjoy it again or fix it and get it right.


Name: David Foster
Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia (now, Morton)
Occupation: Engineer
Voice part: Bass II
First semester in PACC: Fall 1999
How did you first hear about PACC?: From Bob Gill, when I was in town interviewing at Caterpillar
Why did you decide to join PACC?: I knew I wanted to keep singing, and I was told that this was the best group in the area!
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: Singing the solo in Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols, back in 2004, and roasting Joe when he left for the first time in 2011.
Favorite vacation spot: At the moment, Walt Disney World
Last novel read: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Favorite actor/actress: Jennifer Garner, mainly because I went to school with her (grades 7-12)
Proudest moment/achievement: Earning my Ph.D., and publishing a journal article on instant centers of six-bar linkages (it was really neat!)  Also a few work-related things that would make even less sense than what I just said.
What’s playing on your iPod?:  A whole lot of Vaughan Williams, a bit of Brahms and Mahler, the latest Weird Al album, and this semester’s MIDI CD.
What song always makes you happy when you hear it?:  “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie
The one TV show I don’t usually tell people I watch is… The Middle (oh, wait, I just told you.  Drat!)
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?: Heaven
Which talent would you most like to have?: I wish I could play the piano, and I wish I were more handy.
What would you say to your 20-year-old self?:  You’ll meet her when you’re 29, and she will be wonderful.  In the meantime, don’t sweat it. (Actually, I probably wouldn’t tell myself anything. I’ve seen enough temporal causality paradoxes on Star Trek to know that it’s a bad idea.)
Biggest hurdle you’ve overcome?: A fear of public speaking, and talking very fast when I’m nervous
What was your first job?:  Summer intern at Union Carbide, writing computer programs to calculate properties of chemical compounds
What’s some of the best advice you’ve been given?: A lot of things are going to happen in life that you won’t like.  Deal with it!
What app can’t you live without?: Candy Crush
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day: Watching TV with my wife Rachel, or occasionally sitting in our whirlpool tub.


Name: Sandra Beveridge
Hometown: Peoria, IL but I was born in Uppsala, Sweden
Occupation: 6 Sigma Black Belt at Caterpillar
Voice part: Alto I
First semester in PACC: Fall 2006
How did you first hear about PACC?: My daughter auditioned for the youth chorus and her director told me about PACC
Why did you decide to join PACC?: Making great music is good for the soul
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: Having my son, Alex sing “I’ll be Home for Christmas” all decked out in his flight suit [at An American Family Christmas 2014]
Favorite vacation spot: OAKE National Honor Choir Concerts (it didn’t matter what city)
Last novel read: The Good, The Bad, and The Emus by Donna Andrews
Favorite artist: Claude Monet
Favorite film: Sound of Music
Favorite actor/actress: Tom Hanks/Emma Thompson
Favorite treat: turtle sundae
Favorite smell: cookies baking
Favorite splurge: Chocolate with coffee in the morning
Favorite meal: Filet mignon with mango chutney, asparagus, and au gratin potatoes
Favorite leisure activity: painting/redecorating
What’s playing on your iPod?: This semester’s PACC music
Proudest moment/achievement: Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane
People who’ve had the greatest impact on my life: My parents
Who are your favorite authors?: Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling
What was your first job?: Delivering newspapers
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day?: A glass of wine and an episode of Downton Abbey



Name: Erin Ghidina
Hometown: Pekin
Occupation: MusicTeacher in Morton
Voice part: Soprano II
First semester in PACC: Fall 2010
How did you first hear about PACC?:  Through Dr. Henry.
Why did you decide to join PACC?: I sang in Dr. Henry’s choirs at Eureka College and wanted to continue singing under his direction.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: Singing Faure’s Requiem with the Heartland Festival Orchestra.
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: My fiance, Tim. 🙂
Favorite vacation spot: The beach…we’re going to Grenada this summer.
Last novel read: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
Who are your favorite authors?: Nicholas Sparks and James Patterson
Favorite treat: Creme Brulee
Favorite smell: Lilac
Favorite splurge: Shoes!
Favorite meal: Filet Mignon and asparagus
Favorite leisure activity: Listening to music.
Person who’s had the greatest impact on my life: Probably Jim Rimington and Dr. Joe Henry. I wouldn’t be where I am today career wise without the two of them.
What song always makes you happy when you hear it?: All of Me by John Legend
The one TV show I don’t usually tell people I watch is… Real Housewives
Dream vacation destination: Italy
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?:Sitting on our back porch looking out at the view and listening to music.
Which talent would you like to have?: To play the piano better
What was your first job?: Working at Parkview Golf Course (and I still work there now – 15 years later!)
If you could spend one hour doing absolutely anything, what would you do?: Go horseback riding.
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself?: Clean out my car.
Favorite sport to play/watch: Soccer
What app can’t you live without?: Pinterest
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day: With a glass of wine 🙂


Name: Tim Cole
Hometown: Peoria
Occupation: Sales
Voice part: Tenor II
First semester in PACC: Spring 2010
How did you first hear about PACC?: From member Chris Fisher.
Why did you decide to join PACC?: To make excellent music with people selflessly committed to their passion.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: Meeting Erin
Favorite vacation spot: My Backyard. Digging in the dirt and then going inside to sleep in my own bed.
Favorite artist: Jim Brickman – that man is mellow.
Favorite treat: Apple Pie
Favorite smell: What my kids smell like when I hug them after a shower.
Favorite splurge: 99 cent hot wheels car at the grocery store, just to see a little boy’s face smile.
Favorite meal: A home cooked meal, especially lasagna by my Italian heritage fiance.
Favorite film: The new Miracle on 34th Street. “I Believe!”
Secret ambition: To teach
What song always makes you happy when you hear it?: “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles
The one TV show I don’t usually tell people I watch is… Dancing with the Stars – compromise, compromise, compromise.
Dream vacation destination: Sitting beside Erin, watching her smile. Doesn’t matter where.
What is your most treasured possession?: My grandfather’s grandfather’s hand tool box from 1880’s with his framing tools.
What is your favorite childhood memory?: Riding my bike with those long strings on the spokes, bananna seat empty, flying down the hill.
What was your first job?: Fazoli’s breadstick guy.
If you could spend one hour doing absolutely anything, what would you do?: Hugging Erin and kids all over our laps watching a movie.
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself?: Paint and Drywall
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: Little kids
Proudest moment/achievement: Seeing Erin Ghidina say yes to wearing a ring I bought her.


Name: Kelly Fisher
Hometown: Pecatonica, IL (now Washington)
Occupation: Public Services Librarian & Associate Professor at Eureka College
Voice part: Alto II
First semester in PACC: Fall 2005
How did you first hear about PACC?: A friend at Eureka College invited me to an open rehearsal in the spring of 2005, and I auditioned that summer.
Why did you decide to join PACC?: I was looking for a way to continue singing with dedicated and talented individuals since I missed that experience after graduating college.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: There is not one in particular that stands out, but my favorite memories include getting shivers during some of our songs because the incredible sounds and emotions of the music just take over. I also love seeing appreciative faces in the audience at our performances – it makes all the hard work and time spent worth it.
Favorite artist: Michael Buble
Favorite treat: Anything with peanut butter and chocolate.
Favorite smell: Vanilla
Favorite film: Pride & Prejudice from the ‘90s with Colin Firth.
Secret ambition: To visit all 50 states (I’m at 47 now…)
Three things I’d want on a deserted island: Sunscreen, my family, & a food replicator from Star Trek
Famous person, dead or alive, I’d like to meet: Jane Austen
Dream vacation destination: England! Particularly Bath and London, and I’ve heard York is nice, too.
Who are your favorite authors?: Jane Austen, the Brontes, L.M. Montgomery, Louisa Alcott, and more!
What was your first job?: Babysitting two children of one of my H.S. teachers during summer break.
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself?: Hand wash dishes.
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: My 14-month-old daughter Emma, especially when she smiles, laughs, or learns new things.
What social issue fires you up?: Animal Shelter Awareness – I’m hoping for a No-Kill Nation one day. Opt to Adopt!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?: The ability to travel instantaneously from one place to another.
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you want to play you?: Drew Barrymore


Name: Robert Bennett
Hometown: Tuscola, IL (now Washington)
Occupation: Lawyer
Voice part: Baritone
First semester in PACC:  Fall 2013
How did you first hear about PACC?: Lynn Randolph is to blame for my membership in PACC.
Why did you decide to join PACC?: To return to choral music singing, which was my first exposure to music
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: The love and community shown Dr. Henry on his return to PACC.
Last novel read: The Firm, by John Grisham
Favorite actor/actress: John Cusack/Jennifer Love Hewitt
Favorite treat: Three Musketeers and Milky Way bars
Favorite splurge: Steak dinners at Alexander’s
Favorite meal: New York Strip, medium, mashed potatoes, and asparagus
Favorite film: Toss up between Bull Durham, Goodfellas, and Gone With the Wind
Person who’s had the greatest impact on my life: Dr. Tom Eimermann at Illinois State University’s Department of Politics and Government.
Three things I’d want on a deserted island: An iPhone, a satellite uplink, and a high powered battery.
Three words that best describe me: Gregarious, observant and garrulous
Famous person, dead or alive, I’d like to meet: Abraham Lincoln.  Did he really have a reedy voice, or the deep voice he’s usually portrayed with?
Dream vacation destination: Hawaii
Words to live by: “It doesn’t have to be that way.
Which talent would you most like to have?: I’d like to be able to whistle like Pat Schwarzentraub.
What book(s) do you think everyone should read?: The Bible
What would you say to your 20-year-old self?: Go back and talk to that girl.
What would you do with a million dollars?: Pay off debts and buy a smaller house for cash.
What was your first job?: Working at a small grocery store.  On Saturday nights.
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself?: Dust furniture.
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day: Watching Mad Men.
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you want to play you?: Bruce Willis


Name: Stacey Liese
Hometown: Mattoon, IL (now Brimfield)
Occupation: Wife/mom. I also work as a sub in the Brimfield schools.
Voice Part: Alto II
First Semester in PACC: Fall 1997
How did you first hear about PACC?:The family of a youth chorus member invited me to AFC 1996.
Why did you decided to join PACC?: I wanted to be a part of an incredible singing ensemble like I experienced in college.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: When my husband Michael and I were both in PACC and were singing all of this incredible music, we would walk from the green room and to the stage holding hands. It was a special little moment inside a bigger amazing experience.
Favorite Treat: Anything chocolate.
Favorite meal: A nicely cooked steak.
What’s playing on your iPod?: Groups from the ’70s & ’80s like Queen, Foreigner, Styx…
Famous person, dead or alive, I’d like to meet: Martin Luther’s wife Katie.
The one TV show I don’t usually tell people I watch: Once Upon a Time
Words to live by: Live well; laugh often; love much
Which talent would you most like to have?: To play an instrument.
What would you say to your 20-year-old-self? Don’t worry so much about the things you can’t control.
Biggest hurdle you’ve overcome?:Having a stroke and dealing with the residual difficulties/weaknesses.
What was your first job? I delivered a weekly newspaper.
What is one thing you’d rather pay somebody else to do than do it yourself?: Clean my bathrooms
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?: To go back in time and be able to correct my mistakes.
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: Michael’s puns – although I don’t like to admit it (especially to him). 🙂


Name:  Scott Leman
Hometown:  Roanoke, Illinois
Occupation:  Owner, Scott Leman Autos
Voice part:  Bass I/Baritone
First semester in PACC:  Fall 1997
How did you first hear about PACC?:   My cousin sang in PACC
Why did you decide to join PACC?:  I enjoy singing and meeting new people
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?:  I’ll never forget the feeling I had at the end of our last song on the night of my first performance with PACC.  The audience was showing us their appreciation, and I knew I was part of a great organization.
Favorite vacation spot:  Myrtle Beach
Last novel read:  Runaway Jury by John Grisham
Favorite treat:  Karamel Sutra Ice Cream
Favorite leisure activity:  Golf
Person who’s had the greatest impact on my life:  My Father, O. William Leman
What’s playing on your iPod?:  John Denver, James Taylor, Elton John
Favorite album:  Pink Floyd-Dark Side of The Moon
My life won’t be complete until I… die
Which talent would you most like to have?:  To play the piano like John Clark (PACC’s talented accompanist)
What is your most treasured possession?:  My Family
What was your first job?:  I delivered the Journal Star when I was 11.
What’s some of the best advice you’ve been given?:  If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself?: Repair appliances
Favorite sport to play/watch:  Golf
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?:  Little children giggling


Name: James Asquith
Hometown: York, England – now Dunlap
Occupation: New Product Manager, Caterpillar Inc.
Voice part: Tenor I
First semester in PACC: Fall 2012
How did you first hear about PACC?: Via an internet search
Why did you decide to join PACC?: To re-connect with music after a few years break – and meet some locals!
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: Learning traditional American folk music – particularly Bright Morning Stars – part of our Spring 2013 concert.
Favorite vacation spot: Ski trips, Italy, France or anywhere new.
Last novel read: Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
Favorite meal: Do I have to say Fish & Chips or maybe afternoon tea and scones?
Favorite film: Monty Python and the Holy Grail or the original Italian Job
Favorite leisure activity: Enjoy swimming, skiing, hiking, playing the piano – and singing in PACC of course!
What’s playing on your iPod?: 10cc, ELO, Mozart, Beethoven, Genesis, Ed Sheeran
What song always makes you happy when you hear it?: “Octopus’s Garden” by the Beatles
Three things I’d want on a deserted island: Grand Piano, Good Red Wine and Sunscreen
Famous person, dead or alive, I’d like to meet: Winston Churchill
The one TV show I don’t usually tell people I watch is…Great British Menu (a food show on the BBC)
Which talent would you most like to have?: I could use some dancing talent
What would you say to your 20-year-old self?: Buy lots of Apple and Google stock!
What was your first job?: Making cardboard sleeves in a box factory
What’s some of the best advice you’ve been given?: Act with urgency, but remember there’s always more time.
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself?: Mow the lawn
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: The innocent funny things my children say – e.g. “I don’t want a spoon daddy, Give me a fork ‘n knife!”
Favorite sport to play/watch: Cricket and Formula 1
If you could spend one hour doing absolutely anything, what would you do?: Memorise songs to reduce PACC week stress!


Name: Pat Schwarzentraub
Hometown: Park Forest, Illinois – now Peoria
Occupation: Nursing Professor–OSF; Advance Practice Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist
Voice part: Soprano II
First semester in PACC: Fall 1986
How did you first hear about PACC?: Band Director at our children’s grade school (Jan Kiesgen and husband, Carl, were PACC members)
Why did you decide to join PACC?: Searching for a singing organization on a more professional level than a church choir
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far?: Many great moments! Serving as PACC President and PACC Board Chair; always good moments on every concert performance weekend; traveling to Europe with PACC in 1996
Favorite vacation spot: Many: WDW (Walt Disney World)–Orlando; Denver, CO; London, Munich,
Paris, and Jerusalem are pretty high as well!
Last novel read: John Grisham’s newest – Gray Mountain
Favorite artists: Billy Joel and Matthew Bellamy (of Muse)
Favorite meal: Among many–Ro Debernardi and Caesar salad at PVII Restaurant, Peoria (along with a good Moscato and/or Reisling)!
Favorite film: Love MANY movies and go see at least one nearly every weekend. Bourne Identity trilogy and Braveheart rank pretty high!
Favorite leisure activity: PACC
Secret ambition: Ride a mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon; spend the night at Shadow Ranch!
Proudest moment/achievement: Having the honor of being the mother to four WONDERFUL children and watching their lives unfold!
Person who’s had the greatest impact on my life: My husband, Dennis.
Favorite album: Kenny G miracles–The Holiday Album
Words to live by: Proverbs 3:5-6
Three words that best describe me: Passionate; Positive; loyal/honest
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?: I would begin taking piano and violin lessons at age four–and continue for 25 years!
What was your first job?: Receptionist/Secretary in a law office
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself?: Yard work and gardening
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?: New babies and grandchildren
Favorite sport to play/watch: MANY!! Football (pro–{Bears & Broncos} and college {ILLINI ); Hockey (Blackhawks); Illini Basketball
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?: Where I am and what I am doing right now!


Name: Kevin Keil
Hometown: East Peoria
Occupation: Computer Systems Analyst
Voice part: Tenor 1
First semester in PACC: Fall 1985
How did you first hear about PACC? Saw the original organizational announcement in the newspaper.
Why did you decide to join PACC? 18 months later I got a personal phone call from the Founding director Barth Dowling, informing me of my audition date & time. I I had become acquainted with Barth when he taught orchestra at East Peoria in high school.
What has been your favorite PACC moment/memory so far? I especially enjoy the orchestral collaborations
Favorite vacation spot: Florida Gulf beaches
Last novel read: The death of Santini by Pat Conroy
Words to live by: It’s all about choices.
Which talent would you most like to have? Would like to play an instrument well enough to only need to think of the notes I wanted to play…. Like singing
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish that I liked to exercise.
What would you say to your 20-year-old self? Enjoy every second, ’cause you’ll be 60 before you know it.
What are your quirky habits? Sometimes I overthink things. I spend too much time searching for the perfect solution when it really doesn’t matter.
What was your first job? Lifeguard
What’s some of the best advice you’ve been given? Stay flexible and adjust.
What’s one thing you’d rather pay somebody to do than do yourself? vacuum the stairs
What social issue fires you up? Income inequality, corporate and special interest group political influence.
What’s playing on your iPod? PACC Rehearsal Recordings, of course!